A simple idea for using QR codes in an Easter Hunt around the school in MFL, which I must admit was thrown together at the last minute but worked beautifully. I wanted a new twist on the treasure hunt using our iPads. The lesson was aimed at year 7 and I thought about giving directions in French but did not want all pupils starting in the same place so decided to create clues using some known (descriptions, school subjects, cognates) and some new vocabulary. This is a lot quicker to recreate for any school, and actually got the pupils using a wider range of vocabulary.
The lesson started with a brief introduction and some ground rules (no running, no shouting, no removing codes). Pupils were then shown 10 clues in French on my Keynote presentation and they photographed them to take with them – why waste paper when they were going to have the iPads with them anyway?
Solving the clues took pupils to different locations in (and out) of the school, where a QR code was hidden. The codes simply opened a text file with a piece of new Easter related vocabulary. i-Nigma remains my favourite QR reader although, as it does not create codes, I used QR Reader to do that on the iPad. When the pupils had ‘collected’ all 10 words they returned to class to match the words to images to win a prize. As every set of correct answers was exchanged for an Easter treat nobody felt under pressure to rush – the focus was on accuracy – and all pupils were able to succeed. They were allowed to use the Google Translate app to help them, and some used Notes to jot down the vocabulary whilst others took screen shots or used pen and paper.
The lesson finished with a cultural plenary, discussing how the images linked to Easter in France.