Wednesday / May 29

10 Things You Need to Know About #ScannableTech

Scannable technology lets users connect content to places and spaces for a variety of purposes. I believe that QR codes and augmented reality can transform teaching and learning when thoughtfully integrated into instruction. This month I had the chance to share my ACES Framework for #ScannableTech integration featured in my new book for Corwin Press, Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom at the ASCD Annual Conference.

Here are 10 things you need to know about #ScannableTech:
  1. It’s free! Get started making QR codes at a website like qrstuff.
  2. It’s galactic! Star Walk HD is an AR app for viewing stars and constellations.
  3. It’s creative! Quiver is an AR app that brings coloring pages to life.
  4. It’s easy! QR codes are made with a copy and paste of a link.
  5. It’s colorful! You can make QR codes in different colors.
  6. It’s audible! Use a tool like Vocaroo to make QR codes talk.
  7. It’s quick! The app i-nigma is a super fast (and free) QR code scanner.
  8. It’s neutral! QR codes can be scanned with any mobile device.
  9. It’s customizable! Create your own AR experiences with Blippar or Aurasma.
  10. It’s human! Explore the human body with apps from DAQRI and Arloon.

My ACES Framework—Access, Curate, Engage & Share—helps teachers dig deeper into #ScannableTech. Whether you’re just getting started with QR codes or designing your own augmented reality experiences, anyone can get started. Check out my new book for actionable tips, teacher stories, and plenty of ideas for starting small with #ScannableTech or taking it to the next level! And don’t forget to share your ideas on social media with the hashtag #ScannableTech.

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Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of In her role as a classroom teacher in general education and integrated co-teaching settings, she used iPads one to one with her students while aligning her instruction to the Common Core State Standards. Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia, Teachability and Channel One News.

Monica visits school across the country to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. She also provides support to organizations using technology to reach children and families in need. Monica is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Hunter College, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Global Education Leadership at Lamar University.

Monica is the author of Deeper Learning With QR Codes and Augmented Reality and the upcoming #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scalable Formative Assessment With Technology, publishing March 2017.

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