When I lead workshops or give presentations I typically don't distribute handouts in paper form. Instead I just give the link to my digital resources for that day's presentation or workshop. Recently, I have started to deviate from that policy just a little bit. Now I like to place printed QR codes in a dozen or so locations in the room.
Okay, this is just the coolest thing. A friend, Diane Lawrence, told me about this cool thing you could do with a Children’s book (or any book) using QR codes (bar codes) couple weeks ago. I finally had time to give it a try. So here is the deal…….. Get a book, one you can find videos or even websites to enhance or go along with the book. I was at an amazing ESL conference in Iowa recently and purchased the children’s book, On the Same Day in March; A Tour of the World’s Weather , by Marillyn Singer, illustrated by Frane’ Lessac.
As mobile learning becomes more and more prevalent, we must find effective ways to leverage mobile tools in the classroom. As always, the tool must fit the need. Mobile learning can create both the tool and the need. With safe and specific structures, mobile learning tools can harness the excitement of technology with the purpose of effective instruction. Using QR codes for instruction is one example of this. A Quick Tutorial
1. The Background For several lessons, the students had been slowly piecing together the Mystery of the Franklin Expedition in History lessons. Through pictures, snippets of evidence, and a roleplay exercise, the students formulated their own questions for investigation, framed provisional answers, and then reframed their assumptions as more evidence was progressively provided to them. This 'History Mystery' format is explained in more detail here and is designed to encourage students to help students find problems as well as to solve them. At the end of the research phase, students were required to produce an essay introducing the mystery and answering the five key questions they settled upon as being the most important to solve.
From student displays to scavenger hunts, QR codes give class activities a 21st-century twist From magazines to signs at the local supermarket checkout line, QR codes, those little square boxes of dotted patterns, are everywhere these days. But what purpose do they serve? And what can you do with them in your school? Quick Response or 2D codes aren’t new technology.