Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gettin' crafty: QR code dice for practically free!

This past week I spent 3 days in Truckee at the CUE Rock Star teacher tech camp. The Rock Star camp format is by far my favorite with two hour, hands-on sessions that give teachers time to explore and create. Each day has a different theme and each session is repeated in the morning and afternoon. So the only downfall (if there is one) is that presenters don't get to attend any other sessions. There were so many amazing sessions that I would have loved to attend! One of these was Melissa Hero's day 3 session "What to Do Once You Flip". Her session resources can be found here. One of the teachers who attended Melissa's session was raving about the QR code cubes with questions. I had to learn more. Melissa shared her blog post on the topic. 

Inspired by her post, I decided I would try to make my own. However, the first thing I discovered was that 10 wooden blocks cost around 12 bucks on Amazon. Not super expensive, but it meant I would have to wait. I asked my husband if we could just buy a 1x1 piece of wood and cut it with the table saw. That had to be cheaper than 12 bucks and I could get it right away! Patience is not a strength of mine. 

As luck would have it, we had a 1x1 in our back yard. My husband says it's 10 years old or so! Free! Awesome. He cut off the concrete and started cutting it into cubes. And then sanded them all with our little motorized sander. We ended up with 38 cubes! Cost so far? Nothing!
Got power tools?
Cut and sanded!
While he was hard at work cutting and sanding, I made the QR codes. You can read Melissa and Krissy's posts for more details, but basically I created 6 Google slides, each with a reflection question, and made it "view only". Then, I created a QR code for each slide. I use the Chrome extension Shorten Me, but you can also go to to shorten your url and create a QR code as well.

Here is an example of one of the slides.

Then, I created a Google Doc with a table for the 6 different questions and QR codes and printed it out. 

Off to the store for Mod Podge and brushes. Total cost?
Or just 33 cents a cube. 

The coolest thing about this project is the Google slides. That means you can change the questions. Or insert an image. Or add a video! The possibilities are endless. 

Now, if only the glue would dry!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the step by step instructions. Now I just need to come up with a way to use this with my students!