By Alli Gubanich
BEFORE YOU WATCH
This video shows how to use QR codes to deepen student engagement with the words and ideas in Twelfth Night—and to teach essential literacy skills outlined in the Common Core. QR codes are a nice blend between the paper world and the digital world. I was inspired to create this kind of communication by Tony Wagner’s book Creating Innovators, which is full of QR codes for the reader to scan. In this video, I explain how to use QR codes to enhance a research paper with complementary multimedia. The end result is a paper that certainly could be read on its own, but offers the reader additional material for visualizing the textual information. QR readers can be downloaded to any smartphone or tablet for free.
AFTER YOU WATCH
Students usually love to curate interesting and relevant multimedia for their papers. I have had students send me to watch cartoons and lectures, look at fine art and internet memes, listen to NPR and MTV. I’m always intrigued by the connections my students choose to make. Asking students to include multimedia requires them to analyze the topic in question in yet another light, and the process of choosing appropriate supplemental material requires higher level thinking skills. Additionally, the “art of curating” really substantive or relevant material is a skill worth developing. Including it on your rubric legitimizes the process and gives you another area in which to help your students grow.
Alli Gubanich is an upper school English teacher at AIM Academy, a research-to-practice lab school in Conshohocken, PA that serves students with learning differences. Her professional interests include technology infusion in the classroom and differentiated learning in the 21st century classroom. Additionally, she is an accredited teacher trainer in the Socratic Seminar instructional method. Alli is 2014 TSI alumna.