Introducing 4D Books – Linking analogue to digital
Heathfield Primary School have been producing and publishing so much digital content on our blogs we have encountered a new problem. With OFSTED due, regular book scrutinies, lots of interested visitors most weeks, LA Advisors/SIPs visiting school it has become apparent that if we don’t shove the evidence in the faces of our visitors our fantastic evidence could go unseen.
Being innovative has meant that much of our learning has ended up NOT in the pupil’s literacy books! Evidence can be found on Voicethreads, Videos, PrimaryPads, Wallwishers, Blog posts and photographs.
Here’s our solution to our problem: 4D books with the help of QR Codes!
Below is a recent presentation on 4D books that I made at Teachmeet Blackpool3 in November. The Prezi was made just for my reference so some of it won’t make sense. It was a very pleasing moment to hand out a set of my literacy books into the crowd and see them starting to scan the QR Codes and see the magic being revealed before their eyes!
It’s that simple that our 10 year olds can make the QR Codes in minutes and stick them in their books without ANY support. We had our first official visit by two School Improvement Partners on Tuesday 17th November and I planted a QR Code reader in their hands alongside ALL my Literacy and Numeracy books and asked for good old honest feedback.
They were both absolutely blown away! So much so that one of them is asking the powers that be to be able to come back in under the term ‘Innovation’ and delve deeper and see if this is a model that the LA can use for other schools.
I knew that what I had produced was right for Heathfield but it was nice to get an ‘official’ nod from the high up powers that be.
One of the best ways in which QR Codes was seen in my books was to illustrate instructional writing. In their literacy books, my pupils had completed a plan of a Camtasia Screencast Video showing how to create a blog post or how to leave a comment. Under normal circumstances, these videos would sit on our blog or our network, however, now they can come alive within the books. All that is needed is a smartphone or an ipod touch!