Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Clickable Newspaper Instead of the Textbook

QR codes are not yet mainstream in the States. Information rich QR codes, CodeZ QR for example, are growing at the enterprise level, but haven't yet gone mainstream. Given the $99 iPhone it's not far away. But TinyUrls are here now. There is no reason that TinyUrls cannot be added to a newspaper to create a new information product to replace one size fits all textbooks in K-12 education.

The Newspaper:
My California 21 is a unique history curriculum developed specifically to meet the needs of upper elementary and middle school students.

Newspaper format: 32 chronological issues resembling small newspapers present the story of California in a student-friendly, informal style that does not intimidate or repel young readers. will take your screen or smart phone to wikipedia.

The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was discovered by James Wilson Marshall at Sutter's Mill, in Coloma, California.[1] News of the discovery soon spread, resulting in some 300,000 men, women, and children coming to California from the rest of the United States and abroad.[2] Of the 300,000, approximately 150,000 arrived by sea while the remaining 150,000 arrived by land.

These early gold-seekers, called "forty-niners," (as a reference to 1849) traveled to California by sailing boat and in covered wagons across the . . .

Today will take your screen to YouTube.

Sooner or later it will be an information rich QR that will only need the click of a smart phone or a scanner pen to get this on your smart phone or flat screen.

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