Welcome Back to School Letters with a Technology Twist
Do you send Welcome Back to School letters to your students before school starts? The past two years, we have been able to put a letter to our students in the envelope that gets mailed out the week before school starts. I LOVE taking this opportunity to welcome my students to my classroom! As a parent, I also love it. My two girls are anxiously awaiting their letters, which should be in our mailbox tomorrow 😉
This year I wanted to add something special, and give it a technology twist.
I shared this idea in my “Building Classroom Community Right from the Start” session at I Teach 1st this summer, and I wanted to share it here on the blog as well.
Have you heard of QR codes? I’m sure you have seen them around because they are on almost everything now. I decided to add a QR code to my Welcome Back letter. The QR code is linked to a recording of me reading the letter to my new students.
Go ahead…try it out. If you do not have a QR reader on your phone, you can download a free one in your app store.
So, want to make one for yourself?
1. Download the AudioBoom app, and create an account.
2. Record yourself.
3. Go to www.audioboom.com and login to your account. You will find your recording. Click on the “QR Code” tab.
4. Download the QR code and save it to your computer.
5. Insert the QR code into your letter. Done!
If you would like to download my template from my letter, click HERE. I have placed text boxes on the pages for you to type into, but you can delete the text boxes, move them around, or add new ones.
I love that this gives my students an opportunity to learn a little more about me as well as hear my voice. It’s all about establishing those relationships with your students right from the start.