Although I’ve just found out about how to create bar codes and read them using my Android phone (iPhones can do it, too), I was thrilled to get this tweet:
AWyatt writes the following in her blog entry at the School of Natural and Computational Science:
Dr. Alicia Wyatt’s Computers in Education class created a library scavenger hunt with a twist! This scavenger hunt depends on QR Codes, which are square barcodes that hold a URL. Why is this interesting? Because the QR Codes can be decoded with a tablet PC or smartphone and link to a YouTube video introducing one of 16 library resources. QR
Codes can be attached to a location or object—think window decal, postcard, t-shirt, signage—and link to web accessible content. McMurry students created a series of short videos introducing library resources from current periodicals to juvenile books. The URLS for each video were encoded as QR codes. Each code was placed in a brightly colored pocket and placed in the appropriate resource area.
What a nifty idea!! As a result of her blog entry, I had to ask myself, “What other ways are folks using QR Codes in classrooms?” Here are some of the links I stumbled upon, including a list of ideas/suggestions by a physical education teacher:
Create a Multiple Choice test that has QR codes in the place of answers with the students required to scan their answers for automatic correction of test results.http://www.semapedia.com/ generates your codes into a PDF document.
– Have the students create their own QR codes or submit an assignment as a QR code
– Include QR codes on printed worksheets to allow students to link to further reading online
For a really comprehensive guide on QR codes in a classroom have a read below, really exciting stuff
Overall I think this is fantastic and a great way to link the physical world with the online world in a truly meaningful way.
And, I had no idea there was a presentation on it from the same gentleman cited above:
One of Andy’s slide is the one below…and makes me wonder, HOW? Anyone know?
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