Tonight was Back to School Night at Harvey-Swanson and Oakwood Elementary. Back to school night is always a great opportunity to meet with kids and families. Both principals made outstanding welcome back videos using iMovie for the iPads. Mrs. Stewart and Mr. Phillips uploaded the videos to YouTube and we were able to show them to our parents as they visited our rooms. It was fantastic to see technology used to effectively communicate in this setting.
Some teachers also used iiMovie to create some introduction videos. These short videos were also uploaded to YouTube, like the videos the principals made. The videos were then attached to a QR code and hung outside classrooms. What was neat about teachers doing this was the wonderful teamwork that went into making the videos and troubleshooting the many steps necessary to attach them to QR codes. "QR" stands for Quick Response. The codes were originally used in the automotive industry in Japan, but now are used for many different things. Check out the Wikipedia article for more information than you ever wanted to know about QR codes.
It was such a pleasure to meet each family and student that came tonight. I can't wait for Tuesday!
Instructional Technology Coach