Out of the many ideas I took away from ASTE 2013, using QR codes (Quick Response codes) in the classroom is the simplest to implement. These codes are a visual way to access data or link to files. Think of them as a picture of a link that a smart device can read. If students do not have a smart device, a computer with a camera or scanner will also do the trick.
QR codes can be easily generated. I used QRstuff.com to accomplish this. This website provides easy-to-use buttons to insert links to different types of sites. In three quick clicks, I had codes ready to use and insert into my files.
Click on the above link to see the finished product. Based on my students’ learning interests and preferences, I created choices for spelling practice. Students can self-select practice based on their preferences. Except for the one required assignment (in the middle), all skill practices use technology. I will hand out the assignment to them on paper. They will scan their choices using their computer and turn in all assignments using Edmodo.
Voila! There you have boring ol’ spelling homework transformed to differentiated assignments using technology. My students won’t even realize that they’re learning how to spell words!