QR Code Listening Center! See how I turned my kindergarten listening station into an iPad and digital center! Responding to literature activities, word work, and sentence work included! Great for listening to reading Daily 5!
First of all… I have a TON of books on CDs. This picture is about 5 years old. This bin is currently bulging (not unlike my jeans) and I have 2 more just like it! I can’t seem to pass up them up so I BUY! BUY! BUY!
In the past, I have always gone “old school.” NOTE: I grew up in the age of 8 track tapes, so CDs are still new technology in my book.
I used to have a fancy listening center set up until it died. I just bought a CD player from Wal-Mart and went headphone-less! I added paint dots to the play and stop buttons and it worked BEAUTIFULLY! I no longer had students blowing their eardrums out! Life was grand!
However, due to my hoarding behaviors, I wanted to offer more choice for students in the listening center.
Listening Center QR Codes to the Rescue!
So I set my sights on converting my CD’s to QR codes. Here is how I did it. First I burned the CD to my computer. I just uploaded the file that had the page turning signals onto my hard drive.
Once this was on my computer, I needed to convert the file to an MP3 file (FYI…all Greek to me). I used a website called Online-Convert.com. I know there are lots of options to use, but I just used this free site.
I uploaded the file.
Then I selected the file conversion format.
After that… I just saved it to my Google Drive.
Are you still with me? THEN I grabbed the share link from the file I wanted to use to make the QR code.
You just paste the link in the first box… then download the QR code. NOTE: The code will become an image that you will also save to your computer. I just made one file folder on my computer to hold them all.
FINALLY! I made labels for my books!
I used AVERY 18163 labels. I saved the labels in case they get damaged (I also added the title to the labels).
NOW they are ready to use! THIS is the QR reader I used for my IOS devices.
I know this seems like a lot of steps, but I converted about 20 books in about 20 minutes… so it does not take a ton of time. This is a good T.V. watching activity.
Now I have a basket full of handy books that students can scan and listen to!
I found this really cool pocket chart for the earbuds on Amazon (affiliate link).
I like to add a student response page to the book. My friend and I have created a gazillion over the years.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is from our Back to School Set.
Here are a few from our retired sets. If you click HERE you can see all of the sets we have so far!
With each book, we try to include a variety of activities that work for kindergarten and first grade such as, work word, sentence word, and response pages.
Where do we get our books?
I have always been a big fan of Scholastic Book Clubs, so we order their monthly listening center sets. This year we are using the See Saw catalog again.
Here is the only thing… Once that month’s catalog on Scholastic is retired, you usually can’t get the books together in one set. In other words, once the ship has sailed, you are left at the dock!
Therefore, all of our retired sets go into a half-priced status once the year is passed. Chances are, you already have these books and CDs. You can see these sets HERE and do a little search for the title.
We have started the 2017-2018 bundled set…so those books are still available in Scholastic’s See Saw catalog. You can see those HERE.
Of course, another option is for you to record yourself reading one of the books using a voice recording application on your phone.
Ok… this concludes this episode of “That time Deedee felt techie!”