QR Codes in Education
Utilizing a quick response or QR code is quick and easy. You can then access all the information from that code (if you have a scanner app on your phone). QR codes are white squares with black lines running through them similar to a maze. They began in Japan in 1994 and were created by a subsidiary of Toyota to track inventory. Today, they have become a popular marketing tool used on billboards, magazine ads and much more. In order to scan the QR codes, you need a smartphone that has a scanning app. Google Goggles can be downloaded for free to Android smartphones, while QR Scanner is available for free at the iTunes App Store for iPhones.
What is a QR Code?: The website of the Boise State University Albertson’s Library explains what QR codes are and how the Albertson Library utilizes them along with two great links to QR code videos.
Smartphones Unlock Secrets of High-Tech Barcodes: The article by CTV News explains what QR codes are, how smartphones work with them, and the history of QR codes.
7 Things You Should Know About QR Codes: This is an excellent PDF discussing what QR codes are, who uses them, how they work, why they are significant, downsides, where they are going and implications for teaching and learning.
How exactly can QR codes be used in the field of education? Scavenger hunts are one way to integrate QR codes into the classroom. Children (and even adults) love scavenger hunts, and by using QR codes on the hunt they also learn while hunting. Clues can be placed throughout the classroom or throughout the school with QR codes on them. Students need to scan the code in order to access the information they desire including the next clue. QR code scavenger hunts are great to use in libraries to have kids use a variety of resources that are available within the library in addition to the codes.
QR codes can be used to replace flash cards. By scanning the QR code instead of having information on a flash card, you can access the information that you need with your phone instead of the card. This is a great way to save on paper. QR codes can be used to assign homework. Teachers can embed assignment information into a QR code which then becomes accessible to all students. By simply scanning the code, the kids would have all the homework information that they need. How about important forms being embedded in QR codes? If a student needs the particular form, they merely need to scan the code and they have the form. Another suggestion is to put QR codes on student folders. Teachers can enter feedback for the student into their QR code, and the students can access the code at any time. QR codes could quickly provide response information from polls. The teacher asks the students a question with several answer options. The students scan the code and the teacher quickly knows how the students responded.
Other suggestions include using a QR code as a poster for upcoming events in school. All the necessary information regarding the event is in the code, which the kids scan and have access to. How about telling a digital story with QR codes? Pictures, text and any other related information regarding the story would all be in a single code. Sources for class presentations could all be placed in a code. This makes accessing the sources quick and easy. When working with the periodic table, scanning a QR code could take you to a YouTube video regarding that element. What a fun way to learn about science!
Creating a digital portfolio for each student in a QR code is a great idea. Your child’s best papers, projects and tests could be uploaded to the code. The code could also link to your child’s best school-related videos or blogs. Report cards could include the QR code along with all this pertinent information. If textbooks, study guides and assignments contained QR codes, extra resources and activities could be just a scan away for students. Another option is to have QR codes throughout colleges to take students to school maps, videos or even connect them to the school’s Facebook or Twitter feed.
Use QR Codes in Education: The College of Charleston Libraries provides information regarding a scavenger hunt used by the Addlestone Library. The purpose of the hunt was to use a variety of resources together to help with information access and discovery.
What are QR Codes?: This is an excellent article by Lawrence University which explains what QR codes are, how to get readers for your smartphone, how QR codes are made, links to more information on them, and ways in which the library uses them (such as a library tour using QR codes).
2D/QR Code Usage: This is an informative PDF with suggestions on how to use QR codes at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls such as for promoting events and Google Map locations.
QR Codes: This article by Oklahoma State University-the Spears School of Business, discusses QR codes and links them to school information such as the Spears Homepage.
What are QR Codes?: The Harvard Law School Library discusses what QR codes are and offers suggestions on how to use them such as linking to a website. They also offer a quick start-up guide on QR codes and QR code app information.
Getting a Fast Response From QR Codes: The Northern Colorado Business Report provides information on QR codes and how they can be utilized such as reducing costs for materials and operation budgets for businesses.
Mobile Website, QR Code Reader Technology Launched: The Connecticut State University System is using QR codes in local malls to promote a Dual Admission Program with Community Colleges.
QR code use is on the rise, and it will not be long before they will be seen everywhere. They could be a great addition to the field of education. Think of all the paper that could be saved by using a simple code instead of the many sheets of paper necessary for a single project or report. Smartphones are prevalent in today’s society. Teens and college students particularly love them. Why not have students use them in a positive way for their education? QR codes might actually enhance their learning experience.