Sharing End of the Year Slideshows Using "Smartwatches"

Sharing End of the Year Slideshows Using "Smartwatches": Students will LOVE these paper "smartwatches" that you can use to send home as reminders or in this case, end of the year slideshows that are linked to QR Codes!
Last week I shared on my Instagram and Facebook pages that I was going to use my Editable Reminder Watches Template in Google Slides™ to create End of the Year watches to send home with kindergarten students I have worked closely with this year. I demonstrated in my Instastories, which you can find HERE, how I turned their end of the year slideshow into a QR code to add to the watch template along with the text: It's TIME for 1st grade! The entire purpose of creating these was to serve as an easy way for parents to access the slideshow from any device that has the ability to scan QR codes.


I’m looking forward to handing out these “Smartwatches” to the kindergarteners I’ve worked closely with this past year. Each watch sayings ๐™„๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™๐™„๐™ˆ๐™€ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™™๐™š! The QR Code links to their class’ end of the year slideshow. We will attach these to the students’ wrists on the last day of school next week๐Ÿ’œ. I have this template of EDITABLE watches in my #TpT Store if you are interested. Add whatever text, images, QR codes, #emojis, or #bitmojis that you would like. Link in profile๐Ÿ™ƒ Or visit: bit.ly/watches4kids #QRCodes #kidswatch #iteachK #kindergarten #kindergartenclassroom #teachers #igconnect4edu
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What Have I Been Doing All of These Years?

I seriously cannot believe it took me this long to come up with this idea because today I handed out the "smartwatches" and the kids thought they were seriously the coolest thing in the whole entire world. They couldn't WAIT to wear them home and have their family members scan their special QR Code to access the slideshow.


My FAVORITE part of this little gift was hearing students use their imagination about their new watch. One little girl told me she was going to download delicious recipes on her watch so she could make dinner for her family๐Ÿ’œ. One thing I would do differently is to take the time to laminate the watches and attach small velcro pieces on the bands so they could easily take them on and off. The kids were worried about ripping their special watch, getting it wet and not being able to take it off easily when they got home. Their AMAZING teacher, Mrs. Racine, ended up emailing the file home to parents so the kids could print extras if they needed them.

How to Make Your Own

First, you need a file. What do you want your QR Code to link to once it is scanned? It could be a video, audio recording, image, ANYTHING. You just need to have whatever file you are wanting to share stored digitally. For example, if you have a slideshow, upload it to a private YouTube channel, Vimeo, Google Drive or Dropbox. If you use Google Drive, be sure to change the share settings to anyone with the link can view. Then take that link and turn it into a QR Code using a QR generator like QRStuff of QRMonkey. Save the QR code to your computer. In my Instastoires I demonstrated how to use the QR Chrome extension that makes generating QR codes a SNAP. Once you have your QR code, decide whether you want to add it to a "smartwatch", bracelet, etc.. In the past I have created bookmarks for students that contain a QR Code linking to their class slideshow. However, I wish I had made these smartwatches! I have a ready to go template with all kinds of different watches as well as EDITABLE ones in my TpT Store that you can access HERE.

Printable Reminder and Brag Watches that are editable!

I simply typed It's TIME for 1st Grade! using the textboxes and then inserted the QR Code by going to Insert>Image>Upload from computer. I resized the QR code to fit inside the first watch and under the text. I then duplicated the QR code by clicking on it and pressing Command D, or you can go to Edit>Duplicate. 

Printable Reminder and Brag Watches that are editable!

Once I duplicated a QR Code and placed it inside of each watch, I printed them on Astrobright paper that I had purchased from Amazon. Click my affiliate link below if you need a pack of 500 colorful sheets:


That's it!

Scanning the QR Codes:

Most mobile devices now have QR scanners built right into their camera app. With iPhones & iPads, simply launch the camera app and point the camera at a QR code. At the top of the screen a notification will pop up--tap on that and it will open your file. If you are an Android user, open your  Bixby-enabled camera app and point it at the QR code you would like to open. It will immediately complete the action.

If you have not updated you operating system in awhile then you might need to use a QR Reader app. My favorite is i-nigma

Computer, laptop and Chromebook users can scan QR codes if the device has a webcam. You can read about my favorite QR reader for these by clicking HERE.

Other Posts About QR Codes:

Are you looking for a FUN way to share your class slideshow with students and their families? Create these "Smartwatches" with a QR code that links to your video or whatever kind of file you would like to attach! Both Seesaw and Flipgrid automatically generate QR codes that could also be used. This example shows a QR Code with the title: It is TIME for 1st grade.