Thursday, August 9, 2012

QR Codes

QR Codes, or Quick Response Codes, are becoming more and more popular in the business world. You can see them on your favorite cereal box, your carton of milk, on billboards, in magazines, in name it, you probably find one. What they are is a 2d barcode that turns text into an image. When someone scans the image using a QR Code Reader, they may be brought to a webpage, given contact details, shown a piece of text, a video, and image, or almost anything you can think of that is hosted on a webpage.
The benefit of using QR codes is that you can deliver an infinite amount of information with a simple code. They are easy to create, easy to scan, and easy to incorporate into your curriculum. Here are a few ideas I have come up with:

For Librarians
  • Database Access Links
  • eTextBook Links
  • Library Website Access
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Book Reviews
  • Screencasts showing the steps explained in a paper based tutorial
  • Apps I want students to download
  • Quizzes, Surveys etc I would like students to participate in
For Classroom Teachers
  • Links on homework to videos that reteach the concepts taught in class
  • Link to websites with more information
  • Links to Classroom Pages
  • Links to Classroom blogs
  • Links to assessments (quizzes, surveys etc)
  • Homework Assignments (like you would write in the board, but easy for students to scan than to write the details)
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Orientation Activity for new students to the building (such as incoming freshmen etc)
  • Posted at the front door of a school linked to a map of the school for easy navigation

Generate QR Codes
Read QR Codes
Android Devices
Apple Devices

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