QR Codes in Education:
QR codes are quick response codes, I think of it as a 3D barcode. These little black and white squares are popping up everywhere, on the back of magazines, envelopes, books, etc. You can decode the squares with apps on you smartphone that will link usually to a website for more information, or you can place an email, phone number, etc.
Check out this video: Introduction to QR Codes
Check out how these schools are using QR codes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayW032sKtj8
Code Generator: http://www.qrstuff.com/
Here you can even make your QR any color you would like at this site.
Video on How to create a QR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-eerqFe4pY&feature=related
Shorten and Create a Code: (helps to shorten the URL address to fit the code)
Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom:
- Add QR codes to word documents for student to check their answers.
- Laminate word documents with codes and pin them around the school with clues about something special.
- Advertise school events
- Use QR codes to vote using twittertools http://www.sapweb20.com/blog/powerpoint-twitter-tools/
- QR Codes to enhance/extend information in books & printed material
- Create a Scavenger hunt using QR for clues
- Put a QR code in your classroom window so people can see inside
- Use http://snap.vu is great to use with your QR code and tells you through email how many times it has been accessed
- In math class provide some data on a paper handout with a QR code for an online graphing tool like Create-a-Graph
- Add QR codes leading to book trailers
- Add QR codes to math worksheets with video tutorials of how to solve problems
- Create a virtual tour of the school
- Entrance linking to text of the school mission statement or URL of school website
- One outside classrooms sharing url of the classrooms
- One in library with audio clips (podcast) of pupil book reviews
- Create a more realistic class store by pricing shop items with QR codes, then make a math lesson out of it with having a store sale and student must figure out the prices with various % associated with the store items
- Let students create a QR business code
- Place them on your newsletters or flyers
- QR Code in a Comic Creation
- Podcast of a poem
In the words of Benjamin Franklin,
"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."