QR Codes in Learning & Education
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I’ve had some amazing discussions with some colleagues recently about QR Codes and how we can use them. When I got over the initial “huh?” response as to what they are, and they understood that the code can contain type of data, we started to get somewhere really quite quickly. So, this post is really to consolidate my previous posts and to make it slightly more graphical – images are often easier to follow. What is a QR Code? In my first post about the codes - – I quoted this definition of a QR Code:
I have written a couple of posts about QR codes in the past, Turn a paper based book into an interactive book with QR Codes and QR Treasure Hunt Generator! Get students using their mobile devices to move and to learn as well as teaching about them all summer in my class and workshops. Clearly, they are the new trend . I do believe they are catching on because they are so darn easy to create and make everything easier for teachers and our students.
I have been pondering how to use QR codes in the classroom . My favorite use being to tape QR codes into old textbooks to make them relevant. The code pictured below goes to a YouTube video with directions on how to do those math problems.
Popular in Japan, created by Denso-Wave of Toyota in 1994 4296 characters/code 1.25X1.25 or 32mmX32mm About QR Codes: Blended Learning with QR Codes Statistics: 1) 534 students from 24 colleges across USA were asked 80% has iPhone or Android 21.5% knows how to scan or likely to scan when they see a QR code Resource: QR codes on campuses 2) 500 people aged 18+ from accross social networks were surveyed 42% knew what QR codes were They saw them in magazines, stores, restaurants, museums Reasons to scan: get discount, more info on the product, curiosity Resource: Lab42: Who Uses QR Codes Resource: http://rack.0.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDEyLzA0LzI4LzA5XzUwXzUwXzEzNF9maWxl/3dab61e5
QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are just barcodes. There is nothing fancy about them. Just like the grocery store clerk uses barcodes to look up the product and scan the price into the computer, your mobile device or computer can look up QR codes to:
Scannable bar codes may be just what you need to spark some student interest in your classroom - read on to learn how to use them to showcase your student work and give some life to your classroom's infographics. Last April ago I took a trip to Tokyo, Japan. One thing that really stood out to me there was the abundance of these scannable barcodes. These things were everywhere - flyers, posters, billboards, even in advertisements on the sides of commercial vans. Over the past few months, I've watched these codes gain popularity in the United States (If you're from another part of the world, I would love to hear about the trends you've seen - leave a comment). The world as we know it is becoming scannable.