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I am going to share some fun ideas for how I have used QR codes in the classroom. If you haven't heard of them before, please Google for the actual definition. That's not nearly as much fun as just getting to the good stuff. I use QR STUFF to make all my QR codes.
Quick Response codes are on the rise, popping up everywhere, from business cards, to milk cartons, to billboards. According to research conducted by Competitrack , the percentage of print advertisements containing a QR code increased six-fold in 2011, going up from 1 percent in January to 6 percent in December. And as more people convert to smartphones, the popularity of the square, two-dimensional codes is expected to continue going up. Research by ComScore found that in December of last year, 20 percent of smartphone users in the United States—which amount to about 42 percent of all U.S. mobile phone subscribers—had scanned a QR code. Almost three-quarters were looking for product information, one-third scanned a code to get a coupon or offer, while 25 percent were looking for information about an event. QR codes also make financial sense.
I’ll admit QR codes were a bit of a mystery to me until recently. I’ve seen the funny little codes in magazines and advertisements, and I understood that if you had an app on your phone you could scan them and get…somewhere. Beyond that I didn’t give them much thought. However, it seems I’ve been reading about them everywhere recently and they really can have some practical uses – even in the classroom .
This past weekend, someone asked me how I would use QR codes in the classroom. I wanted to give him some suggestions and decided I would write a blog post about this. A year ago I did a presentation for the school district on this and showed some youtube examples too.
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: take you to a website, read some text, give you a phone number, or generate a text message.
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.
A farmer family in Alberta, Canada, have created an enormous barcode maze. A corn farming family located south of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has created a QR code out of their fields by cutting it into the barcode in order to create their annual. The Kraay family designs a new corn field maze every year. This year, their farm, which can be found in Lacombe County, not only features a maze in the corn, but it also may very well be the largest QR code in the world. They chose a QR code because of the growing popularity of the barcodes among marketers.
What is a QR Code? At its most basic, a QR Code is a barcode on steroids. They're used for encoding information in two-dimensional space -- like in the pages of magazines, in advertisements and even on TV and Web sites.
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Slightly different version of the children’s joke “What’s Black & White and … ” but this is a good YouTube video on one School’s experiment with QR Codes; I like the PC-based “QR Code Station” ( using Quickmark I see ) they created so students can scan the codes in the books/library and watch or listen to a podcast or vodcast of a book review, but this could easily be scanned by a students smart phone and watched/listened to anywhere (and saved for later). Posted in QR Codes , Video . Tagged with eDelivery , Podcast , QR Code , Technology , Video , Vodcast , YouTube . <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
If you are looking to use mobile phones in the classroom, in school or even for outdoor learning then QR codes could help. QR stands for ‘Quick Response’ as the inventor Denso-Wave intended to have the code decoded at high speed. For more information about QR its history and usage please read the Wiki entry here . You do not need to know any coding as there are several QR Code Generators online which will do they job for you – just do a quick search and pick one. Mobile Barcodes , for example, provides a good tool on their website. You need a mobile phone that has a camera + software that can decode QR codes (most barcode apps do a pretty good job) like for example Neo-Reader .
Quick response codes, or QR codes, are the latest thing in mobile marketing. Scan a funky little square with your smartphone and instantly visit a website, subscribe to an email list, or download more information about an event or a business. They are great for getting people on the go and giving customers something quick and easy. They are also becoming a great way for cybercriminals to steal information and to infect cell phones by creating QR code malware , or having them lead to malicious sites.
Have you seen these around town where you are lately? I was a little surprised when I saw them all over the Black Friday ads back in November. This is a QR or Quick Response Code . Simply, put it is a 3D barcode. It's a much more sophisticated version of the barcode on your bag of Lays Potato Chips. QR Codes are popping up everywhere and are gaining in popularity in education.
I found this custom QR Code generator today and it is excellent! I’ve seen a few of these highly modified codes before (see this post on the Mashable website for examples) but haven’t been able to get my limited Fireworks and Photoshop skills round to getting one for myself yet. Until today. What do you think to this … created on the Unitag website: I know, it fails one of my ‘rules’ in that it doesn’t display a URL for those who can’t scan it but that can be easily added after the code has been created.
By now everyone knows that a QR code is a special barcode that is designed to be read by your smartphone. It’s a very simple form of augmented reality since the codes are many times in our offline lives, yet once we scan them; we are taken someone online, if that makes sense. I remember back in early 2009 when QR codes were viewed as just some other super geeky technology, and nobody was really paying attention to them. A lot has changed since then, and now QR codes are pretty much mainstream.