Monday, 21 August 2017

Lego QR Code v2.0

A while back I blogged about my Lego QR Code here.

The QR code has very much, up until today, remained at the side of my classroom(s) kind of propped up against something as I never found a reliable way to put it up on display. I once tried to blue tack the Lego board/code to the wall, but inevitably it fell off and I had to create the code all over again from the scattered pieces of Lego!

Earlier this year I discovered Nimuno Loops! I saw a Twitter/Facebook post advertising their 'Lego tape' and decided to 'back' them. My Nimuno Loops tapes got delivered earlier this month and so it was time to redesign my Lego QR Code...

The tape is the perfect solution to me not being able to previously put my QR Code on display.

The strips of 'Lego tape' stick perfectly to the classroom wall and can even be peeled off and reused.
I cut the strips into the length required and then laid them out below one another, ensuring there weren't any gaps and that they were lined up.
I then, with a slight air of caution, started placing the Lego pieces onto the strips to recreate the code from the original I made a few years ago.

The strips come in all sorts of different colours and sizes, I used a combination of my blue and green strips here.
 Once completed, the QR Code looks just as it did previously on the traditional Lego board, just without the border.

The pieces stay firmly in place and are now proudly on display above my whiteboard, as you can see below.
The best thing about it...it still scans like it did, like a regular QR Code and will take students to my YouTube Channel where I keep all my videos for them to use when revising.










I'm very impressed with the results of using my new Nimuno Loops. I even have a few rolls spare to use at home to display my Lego Minifigures I've been collecting too!!

Check out Nimuno Loops at https://twitter.com/nimunoloops

3 comments:

  1. I started using QR codes (After seeing them on Corbett Maths sheets) last September.

    Teaching maths in a FE college I have found that a lot of the students we are preparing for GCSE or even functional skills exams have forgotten a lot of the basic techniques and methods that are a prerequisite for their progression. I would have spend a fair amount of face to face time bringing my students up to speed or becoming bogged down repeating the same thing to each student.

    Placing QR codes on practice activities, (or around the room) some linking to videos aimed at helping my students recall a method or technique taught previously or to other videos or activities that helped them to extend their learning, allowed me more time to support individual students while the rest of the class carried on with their activiites.

    Of course the use of phones could be abused by some groups and in some cases had to be suspended, but on the whole it seemed to encourage most students to be a little more independent.

    Phil Wastell

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Phil!
      I will try using the QR Codes as you suggest by putting them up around the room! I have the corbettmaths revision cards on display and so will be encouraging students to use them to get the videos/questions from his site once they are 'finished' in class!
      It's good to know how you approach your classes in FE so thanks for sharing info!
      All the best for the new school year.

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  2. Thank you and same to you. I'm currently taking sometime away from full class teaching and instead providing alternative provision in various settings. I'm taking this as an opportunity to think more closely how to present maths topics in a more unified way. Not original but I'm able to take my time at the moment allow them solidify their knowledge of some necessary building blocks, while allowing them to practice and apply these in other areas.

    Phil

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