Okay, so now you have created a video (even a just a slideshow of images) for your home. You have also posted that video on our YouTube ML100 channel. Now all you need is to create a QR Code (which you have already learned how to from this former tutorial), leaving us with only one more thing to do: post the QR Code on your lawn.
Of course, you can simply print out the QR Code that was given to you by the online generator. However, why not use the ML100 template that many of your neighbors will surely use? To access the template from our ML100 GoogleDoc, click here.
Of course, you can watch this tutorial to also go through each step. Enjoy and post your ML100 QR Code proudly!
This is just a reminder that we will be holding two community technology work sessions on Tuesday, September 20th and Wednesday, October 5th at the MLHS Media Center at 7:30 PM.
Both of these sessions will be devoted to our Centennial QR Code project in which we hope as many students and residents will participate in and share the rich history of their Mountain Lakes home! Remember, we hope that on Homecoming Weekend (UN Weekend & also the 5K Walk), residents and students will participate and share what they have learned using emerging technologies such as QR Codes and augmented reality sites like HistoryPin. It would be awesome to have little QR Codes posted on lawns and public places so residents with mobile devices can learn even more about Mountain Lakes!
For the October 5th meeting, we will have students there to help residents scan any artifacts they wish to use in a digital iMovie. We will also have our computer labs available for tutorials and use. In addition, we will have access to Ancestry.com to research the census records of your home! Finally, pick up a free lawn posting for your QR code (provided by funds from a generous Mountain Lakes Education Foundation grant).
If you cannot join us, then please check out these tutorials so you can create your own QR Codes, iMovie clip and/or HistoryPin posting:
On Homecoming Weekend (UN Weekend & during the 5K Walk), we hope residents and students will participate in a neat school project we are currently planning. Students & residents will be encouraged to capture their home’s history and then share what they have learned using emerging technologies such as QR Codes and augmented reality sites like HistoryPin.
Of course not everyone is comfortable with these products, so we will be holding two evening work sessions at the MLHS Media Center to help Lakers scan their old photos and record audio tracks. There our student volunteers will help those print out QR codes that can be posted on your lawn during that exciting October 22nd weekend. Then while walking through town (or running the 5K), UN visitors, alumni, 5Kers seeking a break, and current residents can zap the codes and connect to your home’s rich history.
If you are interested send Frank Sanchez an email (email@example.com) and make sure to attend the work sessions on Tuesday, September 20th and Wednesday, October 5th. Both sessions begin at 7:30 PM. We hope to see you there!
How can you use HPC visuals (or your own images) to enhance the community’s HistoryPin site? Check out this tutorial or read the steps below:
First, find an image to pin on the website. I will be using a picture of the school on Briarlciff from the great HPC website.
After saving the image, go to the HistoryPin website and log in using our centennial ID. The User ID is firstname.lastname@example.org and the password is mountainlakes (no space).
Finally, find the exact location of your image and click “PIN IT” on the site. Then add text if you would like. To add audio & videos, we will have to send it to the HistoryPin Team in England. I will be adding audio from the HPC Walking Tour.
Now, you can also add more than one picture to same spot. That is why I will be adding an image capturing the classic senior prank by the Class of 1958.
The Mountain Lakes Historic Preservation Committee’s website has an incredible archive of images and early photographs of Mountain Lakes. According to its mission, the Historic Preservation Committee was created to honor the community’s heritage and preserve the “sturdy craftsman homes that were designed for family living in a garden setting.” After all, the HPC asserts that “Throughout the Borough, a harmony of landscape and design creates a strong sense of place. Gently curving streets, the use of native fieldstone, the individualized versions of the ‘comfortable home’ and a planned informality of landscape defined the community that developed between 1910 and 1931. This park-like environment is central to our quality of life.”
Quite simply, a Quick Response code, is a “specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) that is readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera telephones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text, URL, or other data.” (Wikipedia)
We hope to incorporate this emerging technology in the celebration of our community’s centennial. Residents and students of all ages are invited to capture their homes’ history through sound and images. We will then archive the information and artifacts online with the use of QR codes, thereby allowing everyone in the community to learn more about this town’s rich history.
For teachers interested in using QR Codes in their classrooms, check out these two posts from the FreeTech4Teachers and I Love ED Tech blogs for additional ways to integrate these neat technologies in your curriculum. Plus, the great site QRC101 Blog just gave our project a positive shout-out (which is not the only reason I describe their site as “great,” but it doesn’t hurt).
In addition to using QR Codes, the ML Social Studies Department would like to invite students and residents to share their homes’ history by uploading images (with or without audio & video) to a specific site called HistoryPin.
As you will see from the video below, “HistoryPin is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history. Everyone has history to share: whether its sitting in yellowed albums in the attic, collected in piles of crackly tapes, conserved in the 1000s of archives all over the world or passed down in memories and old stories. Each of these pieces of history finds a home on Historypin, where everyone has the chance to see it, add to it, learn from it, debate it and use it to build up a more complete understanding of the world.” (HistoryPin website)
We are starting with a few volunteers that you can find on the HistoryPin map (which is also accessible as an App in the Google Android Market and Apple’s App Store via iTunes). We will be holding a technology open house in September & October to help those Lakers who want to participate in this worthy program! Look for the dates that will be announced soon.
The Mountain Lakes School District invites students and residents to archive their homes’ history. Together we can commemorate the town’s centennial by creating a digital archive of our community’s unique architectural style and reveal the stories behind our Hapgood homes.
Perhaps you have heard the old phrase, “If these wall could talk.” Well, now by using QR Codes, smartphone apps, and websites such as HistoryPin, you will be able to make your walls talk! This way during Homecoming Weekend (which is also UN Weekend and the Spirit 5K Race), Lakers & friends can learn about our town’s history.
So, click on the pages above, watch the video tutorials, or join us for community workshops to learn how you can get involved. This way we can all make Homecoming Weekend (October 22nd) really special.