This past year the EDHS Media Center has experienced an EXTREME makeover and with these changes, we decided one of our programming goals would be to focus on encouraging students to use the wonderful digital resources that are available to them for FREE! I have been following a few blogs this summer and while reading came across a post about “Library in Your Pocket.” The idea is that students have access to the Library and so many resources right at their fingertips, especially with devices that are carried in their pocket, their phones! The poster in the blog showed QR codes linking to various digital resources that the school had access to and I thought….well I can do that!
So I made a quick list of the resources that I would want our students at EDHS to be able to access:
I wanted to focus on getting students to access resources that would assist them as they are working on assignments, research or just needed to have an update on what is happening at EDHS. Some of these links will lead them to other resources like our Media Center Page and our Research Resources S'more. This allowed us to have fewer links to work with as we were creating a poster.
The next step is to create your QR Codes. You have a few options for this. You can use a QR Generator like www.qrstuff.com or you can use the Google Shortener (goo.gl). This is your personal preference. A Quick Side Note….if you want to see how many students are scanning the QR codes to document if the programming is successful and being used, you can take the URLs of the websites that you want to create the QR code for and use the Google Shortener (goo.gl) to get a link and a QR Code. This Shortener tracks the number of clicks/scans and will allow you to document how much the QR codes. There is a whole analytics section for each shortened URL.
Last we designed our poster! I used Google Drawing to create the poster. These have been printed on our poster maker and will be placed in the EDHS Media Center and out as well as around the school building. We will also have smaller half page versions to hand out to students that come to the Media Center.
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