QR codes are finding innovative uses in education – they are simple to generate and to use in class.
Er, whats a QR code then?
Think of it as a bar code in two dimensions. You will have seen them before – here is an example:
Basically, you can encode anything into an image such as that one – simple text, a URL, a map , text message.
Any pupil with a camera phone can then take a picture of it and they will go right to all of the information encoded on it. Try it on the above – open your phones QR reader and point it at the screen. You will be taken right to our home page.
How would I use it?
Educators have many ways to use QR codes:
- Assign homework, just by placing it on screen
- Provide further reading – encode a web site address in it for supplemental reading outside of class
- Create ties between departments by linking learning – QR codes can show relevance between subjects
- Add to workbooks to create further reading or online resources you make available
- Create scavenge hunts for outdoor or even indoor activities
How do I make one
We have made a simple on-line tool – Click here and follow the simple instructions to add to your PC/Mac or iPad.
Using it is simple – head to a web page or on-line resource. Click the bookmark you installed. You will then see a simple page with a large QR code and a short link (the short link is really handy for pupils without camera phones). Show that on-screen and the pupils will know what to do from there.
On the iPad
Generating codes for all purposes on a PC is simple to – just head to this page for all you need.
If you want to read those codes on a PC with a webcam, there is a great post and video here