At the beginning of the school year, I like to introduce/review how to be responsible with the iPad. This year, I decided to use the idea of Seesaw Go! to create a scavenger hunt to teach iPad responsibility. The QR Code Scavenger Hunt was a great way to make a lesson interactive for the students. They loved it!
How did I create the QR Code Scavenger Hunt?
I created a video for each important point of being a responsible digital citizen with the iPad. To do this, I used an image that could be used as a visual reminder of that concept. For example, I used an image of two hands for the video explaining how to carry the iPad safely and I used a camera icon in the video about asking permission to photograph others. I then created the videos in ChatterPix Kids or Tellagami.
I uploaded each video into the same folder in Seesaw. A fabulous feature about Seesaw is that the app generates QR codes for each item. I went online to web.seesaw.me and opened the folder that contained my iPad safety videos. Online, you can print out a QR code for each item at one time by selecting “Print Folder.” It’s so easy! I cut out the QR codes and taped them up around my classroom.
I also created a scavenger hunt game board by creating a table in Pages and inserting the images I found for each video. I printed these out and laminated them so teams could cross out each image as they found the video. Now, I was ready for students to play!
We practiced using the QR reader in Seesaw before playing. Then, students worked in pairs or groups of three to find all the QR codes posted in the scavenger hunt. Each video explains an aspect of being respectful, responsible, and/or safe with the iPad. Every video includes a question for students to discuss in their groups before hunting for the next QR code. When students have found all of the images on their scavenger hunt card, they had completed their mission!
When everyone had finished the scavenger hunt, we shared ideas about how to use the iPad responsibly. Students then responded in Seesaw to share about how to take care of the iPads and be responsible while using them. Some students drew pictures and used the label text feature to write about what they learned. Others typed a note to share thoughts. In one class, we used the scavenger hunt card as our background image. In primary classes, we created a quick book in Book Creator to share the class’ learning. I had a template book ready for the lesson that incorporated the same images from the videos. When we finished the book, we shared a PDF version in Seesaw.
When the teacher approves the items in Seesaw, the parents get notified of a new item in their child’s portfolio. I hope the iPad responsibility and digital citizenship discussion continues at home, too!
The activity was a success not only because the students enjoyed learning, but were able to share that learning with classmates and family members.