Wednesday, August 24, 2011

QR codes and the humble class trip

We had a fantastic class trip this week all around Auckland. It was a part of getting to know our place in the world, starting with our own city. We decided to do a take on the old 'Sunday Drive' theme, so we started at the waterfront and worked our way into the city and then back out again.

The different spin on an old theme was that we integrated some digital skills by involving the iPods. We were able to take one per group of 3 children and the parent helpers were taught by their children what to do!

We started with a clue for each stop and then a task that they needed to accomplish while at that destination. All of these were hidden in the QR codes. If we had had Wifi at our destinations we could have included links to websites but we weren' t able to do that this time.

So the first stop was Mission Bay and they had to find a fountain and take a photo with their group standing in front of it. We also got them to sketch the volcano of Rangitoto, which hides out in the harbour. Then we spent some time investigating the beach and the playground got a good going through.

From there, we went to Bastion Point which is quite a historical landmark in Auckland that is sadly overlooked. The children loved the views and their QR challenge was to find a photo of a famous New Zealander, who was Michael Joseph Savage, the first labour Prime Minister of New Zealand. They then explored the area, the gardens, the view and the monument.

On into town...we had a fantastic time at the viaduct, exploring the new part that has been developed for the Rugby World Cup called the Wyndham Wharf. We had traditional fish 'n' chips there, served up piping hot and even including lemon slice, tartare sauce and tomato sauce, which we ate at lovely outdoor tables just outside of the Fish Market. None of the children had been to this area before and they loved looking around and playing on the huge playground, climbing up the big overbridge, running around the old silos, visiting the old ship in the harbour and viewing the Auckland Harbour Bridge from pretty close to it! Their QR clues here were to photograph a large letter M and S, photograph the orange stripes (which were on the walkway) and to take photos of the view. We watched the tram as it drove laps around the area and the kids just loved it.

From here we had a clue about the All Blacks, so it was off to Eden Park, home of the Rugby World Cup final 2011. We were incredibly lucky that a parent had arranged for our group to actually go inside and take a look at the hallowed turf, so the children went in and got to sit almost on top of the field, watch the groundsmen at work, interview a former Auckland Blues player and ask questions of the CEO to NZ Rugby's P.A. I was impressed at how grand the stadium looks and we are certainly going to have a fantastic few matches there.

Then, a very exhausted and happy crew of just over 100, climbed back on board the bus for the return journey home. The parents commented on how fabulous the day was and the children certainly loved every minute of it. A group have decided to create a QR quiz for another class to see what they learnt on the trip.

It was such a great day, with perfect weather and plenty of challenges for the kids. The QR codes ROCKED!


  1. ZOMG! *Swoon* that sounds like so much fun I'm totally jealous. Being in town meant you weren't too far from my placement. It would be a field trip for many of the students, who are apartment dwellers, to go out to the suburbs.

  2. What a great sounding trip - what age level are your students?

  3. My people are aged from 7-9 years, they are Year 3&4 at school. But our school has used QR codes from 5 year olds to the 11 year olds and it works really well. We are currently designing a Wiki Wanderers treasure hunt between 3 classes where the children work collaboratively to leave each other QR clues around the school then find each others' answers on the other class wiki!