QR Code Orienteering: Describing Displacement

Mr Robbo, PE Geek

I’ve been wanting to find an excuse to do this for ages, since reading about the idea on Jarrod Robinson’s PE Geek blog

Today in one of our last classes, some students in my Intro Physics & Environmental Science class have been using a GoogleMap view of the area around our school to plan an orienteering course. The aim is to use this as one of the very first lessons with next year’s class as an introduction to scalars and vectors, as well as methods of describing displacement. By scanning a QR code at each location, runners will be given a description in the form of components or direction and magnitude, which they then locate on their map and run to.

When they return to school, the plan is to use their map to calculate distance vs displacement between points, as well as add some directed line segments for vectors.

I’ve made up some orange and white flags, which will be laminated. The QR codes will be taped on, giving flexibility to make up new courses around the school and to extend the activity by allowing students to design courses.

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Free apps used: 

Here are the planning sheets/ maps:

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About Stephen

MYP HS Science & IBDP Bio teacher, HOD Science & MYP Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Japan. Moderator of #MYPChat (@IBiologyStephen). Author of i-Biology.net. MA International Education student, through the University of Bath. Married dad of two cross-culture kids (Indonesian & British).

Posted on June 7, 2012, in #edtech #scitech, Free Resources, GoogleApps, Sites and Tools, mobile technology, MYP, Physics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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