One day after school in my library as I was cleaning up and getting ready to leave, I discovered that the pen that had been left at the circulation counter for students to sign in with had been misplaced again. Pens were a commodity since they had a habit of rolling off the counter, or being indefinitely "borrowed." I remembered seeing pens with feathers attached to the top of them in my colleague's classroom to prevent pens from being misplaced. I had the solution! I quickly ran to my computer and printed out a few copies of the QR code for our library book recommendations Flipgrid, laminated them, and attached them to the tops of some pens. I didn't need to replace the pens until the ink ran out, and the QR code was a reminder to share their favorite books with one another.
And I snuck a few reminders into new books when I processed them too...
Last year our students created artwork for families at the local Ronald McDonald House. For a personal touch, they recorded their own video messages. I downloaded each QR code individually and attached it behind the appropriate piece of artwork. Recently, the batch QR code download option has become a Flipgrid feature. Oh, what time I would have saved!
The other day I learned about this awesome web tool TweetBeam during a Buncee chat. TweetBeam populates a wall of tweets based on a hashtag or topic. You can also sign in your twitter account for a personalized show. TweetBeam's interactivity is an elegant streamlined way to capture an experience such as a conference, conference, festival, or museum display. On a personal note, a TweetBeam twitter wall can make an event such as a wedding or a graduation even more memorable. Check TweetBeam out for yourself at https://www.tweetbeam.com/.
Kristina A. Holzweiss
Ed Tech School Librarian