At the end of the 2011-2012 school year. all certified staff members in my district received an iPad, as a result of a big push to increase use of technology in the classroom (which, ps, I’m not sure how I ever lived without an iPad–now that I have one, I don’t think I could go without it!). “Use more technology” has been a common recurring theme in the therapists’ performance evaluations by our SPED director. I’ve used plenty of articulation and language-based iPad apps and have used a couple different interactive websites, but struggled a bit with figuring out how to utilize technology in other ways that were appropriate and doable for my preschoolers.
Within the last few months, I’ve seen a few other SLPs blog about their use of QR, or Quick Response, codes. I’m sure you all know what QR Codes are– they’re everywhere!
At any rate, while the QR Code activities I’ve seen from other SLPs looked great, many of them were a bit too high level for most of my caseload. I needed something simple, with no reading involved. I happened to stumble across this post on Pinterest the other day, where a preschool teacher used QR Codes for sight words, using audio files– genius! Feeling inspired, I went to work on a new game to use with my caseload– a farm-themed basic concepts bingo game using QR Codes.