I was delighted to be joined by two of our marvellous Mote Ambassadors – Brittany Horn and Nicole Reynolds – in a pop-up PD with Mote. They’re both awesome and deserve a follow!
In just 10 minutes, they generously shared over 10 brilliant examples of how Mote QR codes have had an amazing impact on accessibility, connection and more in their own learning communities and beyond!
Nicole generously shared lots of ideas in which she has creatively used audio QR codes with her staff and students.
Community Wide Appreciation with Voice!
Students can record for others – a great and simple way for young people to share admiration: for each other, teachers and parents.
Families/Room Parents – voice notes to express thanks for the awesome work of educators!
Other teachers/staff members – spread the love outside the classroom.
Administration Team – leave notes of encouragement and affirmation for your amazing team.
Media Center Coordinators ( book notes) – use your voice in a variety of ways here: reviews, thank you notes and more!
Instructional Coaches – praise your team for taking on a challenge and integrating technology in a purposeful way!
Audio Affirmations for Students
Greetings cards – whether it’s a birthday or something else worthy of celebrating: why not try adding your voice!
Awards and Certificates – everyone loves acknowledgement of hard work and achievement: level up your affirmation game by adding voice.
Extra, Extra – hear all about it!
Want more ideas from Nicole? Jump into the video here to find out more about how she and her community have used audio QR codes for:
Accessible stickers for student work
Notes in hallways
Notes on door
Brittany started by celebrating the impact of using voice to 10x notes that she might have left with sticky notes – as it really emphasizes ‘the personalization’ to help build connection.
In her district, Brittany runs sessions on Mote for her staff called ‘Holy GuacaMOTEly!’. You can find lots of info on how they have used QR codes and more by searching on socials and/or clicking here! It’s impossible not to be inspired – as show below by two of the teaching team that have benefitted from Mote QR codes, in both the receiving and creating!
The way that audio affirmations work for the community at NISD is utterly inspirational! If you’d like to bring this simple and powerful practice to your own school, you can access the template here.
Mote Ambassador Program
I am proud that both Nicole and Brittany are Mote Ambassadors! We’re always looking for more innovative educators to join the community. Find out more by visiting the community page on our website.
Your students love hearing your voice – they’ve even told you that it helps them engage more deeply in their learning! Your dilemma is that they’re turning in physical work for you to have a look at and you still want to provide them meaningful Mote powered audio feedback…
With a simple template built in Google Slides, you can achieve the above. In no time, your students will be able to listen and act upon your verbal feedback.
Take a look at this short video to see how:
Access the following templates below to make your own copy
Mote is an ideal tool to increase accessibility to all classroom content with audio. Reading material in particular can be quickly supplemented with audio to provide an introduction, overview, context or even a read along for students as they explore the text.
The process of reading is often one that learners prefer to engage with an an offline environment. Reading a text passage on paper allows the learner to quickly mark up the content and engage with the text in a capacity that may not be possible in a digital space. Highlighting, circling and even drawings in the margin allow the learner to truly engage with the text.
But, how can we make this text more accessible to provide the level of support to help all learners navigate this space? Mote with QR Codes!
In 1:1 classrooms, whether students have mobile devices (iPad) or a Chromebook, both devices allow students to scan QR Codes. Consider the scenario where a learner has a reading (short story, DBQ, poem, primary source document, problem set) that they are going to read in an offline (paper) environment. Before printing off the original document, educators can create QR Codes with Mote that point directly to custom created audio to help guide the learner through the experience.
Watch the pop-up PD episode below as the Mote Education team explores this idea!
What better way to support students with Mote than to create a reusable daily agenda with embedded audio! Technology provides classroom teachers with the ability to duplicate themselves through pre-recorded audio. Further, students can access that audio on demand.
Consider a classroom scenario where a small group of students are ready to progress to an exit ticket, or journaling activity, but the teacher is still working with a group of students that are in need of direct guidance to work through another task. With Mote, educators can pre-record the directions for a series of tasks, activities and challenges that students will engage with throughout the day and embed those audio instructions into a set of Google Slides.
The true value of this approach is that the Google Slides with the embedded audio can be used over and over again and students can access the slides via a QR Code that is taped to their desk or binder.
Explore the Mote Pop-up PD episode below to learn more about this technique!
QR Codes are a quick and easy way to communicate with parents and guardians via audio. Throughout the school year there are instances where progress reports or updates are sent home with the learner, and what better way to supplement a traditional paper progress report than with a Mote QR code that unlocks an audio note by the teacher. With the ability to share audio in a Mote QR code, educators can enhance communication, create connections, and build community with their families outside of the school environment.
The Mote education team recently explored this process in an episode of Pop-up PD! Watch the segment below to that walks through the entire process of creating QR codes with the Mote Chrome extension and begin creating with our Audio Progress Report template below!
With the recent update to Mote that allows educators to create QR Codes directly from the Chrome extension, a whole new world of possibilities opens up for the use of audio in the classroom.
Before we get started with the application of Mote QR Codes in a classroom setting, explore the quick video below to learn how to create & scan Mote QR Codes in the video below!
Idea 1: Audio Documents
With Mote, educators can supplement any paper document with a QR Code. Imagine a primary source document that includes a brief introduction to build context for the reader. Or, a new project that includes the directions being explained for learners via audio. Lastly, consider how learning accommodation plans can be met with Mote QR Codes. Questions can be read and recorded to increase accessibility for all learners.
Idea 2: QR Codes with Chromebooks
With Chromebooks being the primary device for a significant percentage of classroom environments, many are simply unaware that QR Codes can be scanned with the built in Chrome OS camera. Simply hold a Mote QR code in front of the Chrome OS camera on a Chromebook and tape the small scan icon in the top right corner. The link will instantly appear for learners to hear the audio embedded in the code. There are many instances where having students work offline is a better suited for the task provided, and the Chromebook and Mote QR codes can supplement the offline learning experience.
Idea 3: Station Rotations
Stations are a staple strategy in the classroom. With Mote QR codes, educators can quickly create audio directions, overview or explanations that can exist in each station as a scannable QR code. Consider this the ability to duplicate oneself during the station experience to provide a connection to every station via audio.
Idea 4: Book Talks
Student created QR codes with Mote that live in books, on the cover or the spine are a great way to have students share their perspective and understanding of the text in a shareable way for the next reader. To extend the project further, consider how students could supplement the entire text with a QR code version of the book, where QR codes are present throughout the text as chapter introductions or summaries.
Idea 5: Artist Statement
It is common for students to display their art publicly in a school setting. What is uncommon is for the viewer to know and understand the intention, purpose and thinking behind the art from the perspective of the artist. Imagine how Mote QR codes, when added to a piece of student art on public display in a school can transform the experience of the viewer.
Mote QR Code Pop-Up PD
To see a live demonstration of many of the ideas above, check out the archive of a Mote Pop-Up PD that explored all things QR codes!
There is endless potential of Mote QR codes…how are you using this new feature in your school or classroom?
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