Saturday, January 29, 2022

Wordle, Puzzles, and Snow - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we're looking forward to a big snowstorm today. Depending on which forecast you believe we're going to get anywhere from ten inches to ten feet of snow today! I'll be happy either amount as will my daughters who want to make snowmen, sled, and ski this weekend. So that's what I'm doing this weekend. I hope that you're also doing something fun this weekend.  

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Five Tools for Making Wordle Word Clouds
2. Ten Cool Things You (And Your Students) Can Do With Lumio
3. Create a Teacher Report Card With Google Forms
4. Roles in Group Video Projects
5. Create an Educational Puzzle Game With TinyTap
6. 50 Tech Tech Tuesday Tips and a Webinar
7. Good Resources for Remote Math & Science Lessons

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How to Create QR Codes for Audio Files in Google Drive

Earlier this week a reader reached out to me for advice about creating QR codes for audio recordings made by her students. Her students had made recordings using Vocaroo and then used Vocaroo's built-in QR code generator to share the recordings. The problem they ran into is that Vocaroo deletes the recordings after a few weeks thereby rendering the QR codes useless. They needed a solution that would allow the recordings and QR codes to be useful for much longer periods of time. 

My suggestion to the problem was to still use Vocaroo to record but then download the recordings as MP3 files instead of relying on Vocaroo for hosting. Then after downloading the MP3 upload it to Google Drive and set the permissions to "anyone with the link can view." Then use that link to create a QR code in a QR code generator like QRCode Monkey. The whole process is demonstrated this short video

I shared a bunch of other ideas for using QR codes in classrooms in this post on Practical Ed Tech

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