I love it when workshops take on an open-learning feel where participants and experts in the audience add to the conversations that I’m leading. Such a conversation in Minneapolis recently led to this quick and easy way for getting PDF graphic organizers to students’ iPads.
Step 1: Find a graphic organizer that you wish to use, such as those on EduPlace or Freeology. Navigate to the exact place where you want students to go, for example, I would navigate to http://freeology.com/graphicorgs/cause-effect-tree-chart to use the Cause Effect Tree graphic organizer.
Step 2: Copy the URL (http://freeology.com/graphicorgs/cause-effect-tree-chart), then navigate to a free QR creation site such as http://www.qrstuff.com/. Paste the URL into the box indicated, then click Download QR code. This will download as a graphic onto your computer. I usually just put it on my desktop for easy finding, then delete it later. Project the QR code onto a screen.
Step 3: Have students use their iPads and a free QR reader app such as Scan to scan the code. Doing so will take them directly to the web page you have designated.
Step 4: Have them download the PDF of the graphic organizer from the webpage. From there, they can either open it as a PDF in an app such as Good Reader to type into the organizer or they can take a screenshot of the graphic organizer and open it in something like DrawFree to hand write on the page.
This seems like a lot of steps, but once students have all the apps needed, this is a quick process for getting everyone on the same (virtual) page.