Hi-impact says: QR or Quick Response codes are similar to barcodes that we find on supermarkets products. However, instead of telling us the price of our shopping, they allow us to use smartphones, iPads or other tablets to link directly to websites, images, video or specific text just by effortlessly scanning a code using the device’s camera.
If you search the internet you will find hundreds of different QR maker websites but one that we recommend would have to be www.qrstuff.com. One of the key reasons is that the creation of a QR code is broken down into four quick and easy to follow steps, meaning you can create your codes in a matter of seconds.
QR codes are highly versatile and can be used to achieve many different scenarios but here are just a few ideas to get you started.
What QR Stuff! says about QR Stuff!:
At QR Stuff we give you the opportunity to generate QR Codes in ways that most of the other places on the internet overlook. Not everyone is happy with only having a handful of data types to choose from, and just being able to create a puny little QR code image file that's only good for pinning to a web page, so we've extended the possibilities to include innovative ways to get the QR Code you need out into the "real world" where it can actually work for you:
Works on: The software can be downloaded to your laptop or desktop for free. There is also a free app, with fewer features, for Android and Apple tablets.
Hi-impact says: You’ve all probably used Google Earth before no doubt. In most cases it will have been to see the street that you live on or a family member’s house, however there are so many other fantastic features that will make your searching even more engaging.
There many brilliant features in Google Earth, from zooming into a ground level perspective with Street View, to viewing real time weather conditions around the globe. However, one of the most impressive features has to be the 3D buildings layer. Just by simply clicking this filter buildings and monuments will transform from a 2 dimensional view to a detailed and immersive 3D rendering. It’s a fantastic feature that allows the user to get a full 360° degree view of the chosen landmark.
Being able to see the buildings in 3D allows the user to make more concise observations of its features, it’s geographical location plus certain landmarks can be clicked on to open up fact files and images. From the comfort of the classroom, students can go on digital visits to places all over the world, from the pyramids of Giza to the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge. It could be used as a stimulus for writing or for investigating Maths concepts. The uses are only limited by your imagination.
Time needed to learn how to use it and get going: 10 minutes
What Google Earth says about Google Earth:
With the "3D Buildings" layer in Google Earth, anyone can view 3D models of buildings, monuments, fountains, bridges, towers, museums, homes and much more. While you're in Google Earth, click a 3D building to open a balloon with more information about the location. To start exploring in 3D, try one of the tours below and download to view in Google Earth.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/google-earth/id293622097?mt=8 (Apple app)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.earth&hl=en_GB (Android app)
now, but whenever we show someone new they are always impressed with its simplistic yet effective interface and output. In a matter of minutes students will be able to compose their own musical hits just by simply plotting out the journey they wish the melody of the song to take.
Often music apps can be overly complicated or the student’s final composition doesn’t end up sounding how they wanted. With TuneTrain, the children’s music is structured in a way so that their final composition will always have an accurate tune, as their chosen melody is accompanied by a backing track that compliments it. You also get several options with backing tracks allowing children to change the genre of their song with a click of a button.
In looks, function and musical capabilities, TuneTrain is geared more towards younger children (EYFS-Year 2), however it lends itself well to teaching concepts of pitch and note duration to older children too. You can even see your finished song written as full musical notation so that students who can read music could then play their composition on another instrument. It’s a wonderfully uncomplicated app that enhances creativity and allows even the least musically gifted of us, to compose mini musical gems.
Time needed to learn how to use it and get going: 3 minutes.
What TuneTrain says about TuneTrain:
In the world of TuneTrain, people live at various heights in colorful vertical buildings. To help these people get around, the user can draw a train line to connect them to each other. The magic is that the people represent musical notes and the train line represents a musical melody that kids can create and hear.
The universe of TuneTrain is completely governed by musical rules. The various heights that people live at represent different pitches; the distance between people represent note lengths; and even the buildings show the underlying chord structure that best accompanies a melody. By learning to play in a world governed by musical rules, kids will also learn about the fundamental structure of m
Our goal is not only to make people feel confident in their ability to make music, but also to plant seeds of interest for a lifelong musical journey.