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10+ Uses for Audio QR Codes!

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!

Inspirational Ideas

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:

  • Bulletin Boards
  • Accessible stickers for student work
  • Notes in hallways
  • Notes on door
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Bookmarks

Holy GuacaMOTEly!

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.

Education Events

MoteCon 2022


MoteCon is back! Join the team from Mote and a host of inspirational educators from across the globe as we all share in 2 days of amazing PD.

Happening on August 19th and 20th, sign up here to ensure you don’t miss any information on the mote-excellent virtual conference of 2022!

Check out the short video to 10x the levels of exictemote πŸš€

Looking for more? Have a look at some of the amazing sessions we were all blown away by in 2021!

2021 – Recap

Agenda – Friday, August 20th

Agenda – Saturday, August 21st

On Demand (from Friday!)

Session Descriptions

Friday Aug 21
Welcome to MoteCon!
2.00pm ET

Mote’s CEO shares the journey so far and a window into the future….
Will Jackson
CEO & Co-founder | Mote
Add e-Mote-ion to your Digital Story Telling
2.30pm ET

In this session we will learn how to create stop motion animation stories with Google Slides, and how Mote can add voice and emotion to the stories being told.
Mario Eleftheros
Feedback Masterclass
3.00pm ET
More details to come!Greg Kulowiec
Let’s talk communication and collaboration with Mote!
3.30pm ET

This session will focus on using Mote in Google Slides to:
1. collaboratively build presentations;
2. create asynchronous presentations; and
3. provide effective, personalized feedback. With Mote, students and teachers can communicate more effectively and efficiently. Join Stacey as she demo’s sample workflows & assignments and talks about the power of leveraging Edtech to build student confidence, empower student voice, and create pathways of clear communication for student growth.
Stacey Roshan
4.00pm ET
Learn how students play mote bingo to reflect on their learning.Steph Howell
Mote for students? Let’s do it!
4.30pm ET
Give your students alternative ways to express and demonstrate their understanding with voice notes created with Mote!Sue Tranchina
After hours…Nicole Reynolds
Saturday Aug 22
Using Mote with our Littlest Learners
2.00pm ET
Yes, you can and SHOULD use Mote with the youngest learners and I’ll show you how I did. It’s easy and super valuable.Sarah Kiefer
My top 6 wins for learning with Mote
2.30pm ET
Debbie shares how she used Mote during online learning and transitioning back into in person learning.Debbie Charlton
Make it Stick with Sticky Motes
3.00pm ET
How do you make sharing web links more meaningful? Sticky Mote! Join me and discover 10+ ways to leverage the power of Sticky Mote for research, increased engagement and communication.Katie McNamara
Mote and the Music classroom
3.30pm ET
Making sweet music with Mote!Frederick Ballew
Springboard Language Learning with Mote
4.00pm ET
Mote is more than an amazing feedback tool! The extension is also a language teaching tool! Newcomers to English can use Mote to communicate with their core teachers while learning new vocabulary at the same time. Not only that, ALL student language learners can springboard their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with the Chrome extension! Come to this session to learn how students can use Mote for language learning.Jennifer Scott
That’s all Folks!
4:30pm ET
A recap of MoteCon and all that’s coming up to look forward to!Sue Tranchina and Jon Neale
Startup life

One million motes this month…

Yesterday I noticed that we’ve now passed a delightful new milestone – our users have created one million voice notes (‘motes’) using our product Mote so far in September. By contrast, we saw 392,000 voice notes created in August and 711,000 created in May – our highest previous month. In this post I wanted to disaggregate what’s driving our growth.

44,000 mote creators

The great majority of our mote creators are educators. They tell us that they love using Mote because it makes delivering feedback really fast – because they speak faster than they type, and because Mote integrates seamlessly into their workflow tools- and friendly, because students appreciate hearing their voice and seam to be more likely to respond and action verbal feedback.

7,350 hours of mote voice comments recorded

The average voice note is about 25 seconds, so we’ve seen over 7,000 hours of voice notes recorded so far this month.

315,000 mote listeners

The great majority of people listening to mote comments are students, accessing their teachers’ feedback either within their homework assignments (e.g. Google Docs or Google Classroom), or on our website. While the US leads with over 240,000 unique listeners, we have had mote listeners in 152 countries worldwide so far this month. We’ve invested heavily in student data privacy and security measures to win the trust of schools, teachers and students, so we’re really happy to see this level of engagement.

Scalable Tech

I feel it’s important to acknowledge that this kind of growth would only be possible with a scalable technology platform, and we’ve been very lucky to have integrated a set of highly scalable technologies. Co-founder CTO Alex will be writing a blog post on this topic very soon…

Thanks for reading!