Thursday, 4 December 2014

QR Mosquito Hunt: A QR Code Poetry Lesson with Grade 7s – a guest post by @MrLotter

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This is another guest post from Tiaan Lotter (@MrLotter), a Google Certified Teacher and GEG Leader from South Africa. Tiaan is a very innovative Afrikaans teacher from Parklands College and he frequently presents at conferences around South Africa. Visit his website at bit.ly/MrLotter. In previous guest posts Tiaan shared about his experience at the Google Teacher Academy in London; he also contributed Gone Google? Now go Advanced...; Teaching with Twitter in #Afrikaans and Teaching Poetry with Prezi - Poetry in Motion. Thanks for sharing so freely with us Tiaan and Parklands College.


The Idea
I’ve been blessed teaching Grade 7 Afrikaans to boys for the final quarter of the year. I aim to make all my lessons fun and interactive for the boys. Seeing the success of QR treasure hunts in various posts and especially by a Parklands College colleague, Anthony Peters, I decided to use the approach to teach poetry.

The poem I set out to teach was Muskietejag (Mosquito hunt) by AD Keet, which is about a person irritated by a mosquito. He swears vengeance against the irritance of this mozzy. This is similar to the irritance of boredom I encounter when young children are being taught.

Setting the stage and hunting 
Entering the classroom, I immediately wanted to immerse the learners into the world of this irritated speaker, so I found a YouTube video containing just the sound of a mosquito buzzing around, which I used played in the background. (Find it here: http://goo.gl/OgNNdP)

Next, I prepped a few “mosquitos” and hid them throughout the class. I attached the first level of engagement for the learners to these mosquitos: a QR code containing one line of the poem (there were as many mosquitos in the class as there were lines in the poem - 24) which they had to write down in the space provided and then translate into English.








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I involved the learners in their own mosquito hunt by telling each of the four groups to hunt down 6 mosquitos. After they hunted down all the mozzies I turned off the now quite irritating sound - but it served its purpose. Individually or working together they then scanned the QR codes, wrote the sentences down and translated them.






We read through the poem as a class, line by line, every learner explaining their line that they interpreted from the QR code out loud to the class. We did a final read through and conceptualisation before getting stuck into analysing the poem and doing questions and answers.

Resources
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Slides en Antwoorde - Muskietejag (AD Keet) QR-kodes - Muskietejag (AD Keet) Gedig en Vrae - Muskietejag (AD Keet)

SchoolNet says: Thank you very much Tiaan for this interesting guest post. We really appreciate you sharing your knowledge and innovation via the SchoolNet blog.

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