Earlier this week I gave a webinar on using Cell Phones and QR Codes in education. You can listen to the recording here.
You can view all the resources that we talked about be scanning the QR Code or be clicking here.
http://www.diigo.com/user/jutecht/qrcodesWhat makes QR Codes so powerful is there ease of use and their flexibility. Visit any of the QR Code generator links in the list and within seconds you can have a QR code that can be scanned and take people to a website, give them a message, put a place mark on a map, and much more. I covered the basics of using QR Codes in a blog post in November and since then teachers have been finding unique ways to use them in their classrooms.
Cell Phones are the 1:1 devices of the future. Latest report show that there are about 5 Billion cell phones in the world. They are not evenly distributed but they are the fast growing form of communication we have today. Many of our students, especially in middle school and high school already carry a cell phone and it would be safe to say that most of our parents due. So how do we use this device that almost everyone has to engage them with content, information, and a little fun?
The power of QR Codes is that they are just pictures. Once you download the picture you can put it anywhere in the physical world and have people digitally interact with content.
The possibilities of these little squares, I believe, is exciting. Have a listen to the recording, check out the links, and then share how you see these being used in your classroom/school.
We have a skype group in NC with technology facilitators, classroom teachers and others who share an interest in using technology effectively in education to support student learning. One common thread among us is to share the latest and best with each other so that we keep up with all the new stuff coming out. A discussion started after your webinar and a few of us have started brainstorming ways to use this in the classroom. We hope to put some things together for our upcoming state conference in Raleigh next spring. Thanks for presenting this.
I participated in a walking art tour in Denver that was made even better with QR codes and cell phones. We could choose a path, and depending on the art we found we could scan the QR codes in the program with our phone. Then, using the phone, videotape a quick spot about the artwork (response to it, history, whatever moved us) and walked on. I love QR codes! It was so much fun. I think that QR codes is a great way to add content to any activity. The extra content about the artwork was either a website or video.
Laura, That's a cool activity and is similar to Geocaching where you find a hidden cache. I can see so many applications of this. I read about a presenter who placed codes around the room of resources he was sharing during his presentation. I created a code to share my business card.
Here's a code generator: http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
Ideas for the classroom:
What ideas can you think of to use QR codes in the classroom?
I loved this webinar! I can see actually putting the code in the inside cover of the book and it would direct them to the book in AR finder. This would give them all the Accelerated Reader info they need. I get so tired of giving points and reading levels so this would be a fun way for the students to find the information.
This video shows how a school is using the QR codes in home ec, band, science, library, etc. Some interesting ideas.
You could have a QR code that links to a blog or Google doc where everyone posts their contributions, opinions, thoughts. There are many options: live uploads to Youtube or Flickr too. Anything that prompts sharing and conversation and allows real-time updating so students can post. You could use Voicethread to followup after the event. Upload photos or videos and allow comments/observations.
I think Laura's activity or one similar to it would be great to do in Charleston as a collaborative evening project. Maybe a scavenger hunt around the area to highlight important places or things. QR codes could be posted at different sites for us to post thoughts, ideas or answers pertaining to the location. We could use iPod Touches with the built in camera or SMART phones. We just need the barcode scanner app downloaded to our devices.
Here is collection of hot topic articles and QR Code Generators for educational uses through my Delicious bookmarks: http://www.delicious.com/nharm/bundle:QRCodes
Here is a QR Code I created for my professional contact info to share with others and embedded it into my blog contact page: http://blog.innovativeeducator.us/p/contact-me.html I am exploring more ways to use QR Codes in professional development with adult learners and MS/HS students. What do you think the possibilities are if we posed the question to our students to create an innovative "top 10 list" of QR Codes in the classroom to enhance learning would result in? How about the possibilities of students generating the initial list, team teaching educators with the appropriate student designed resources and front loading the activity with a rubric to assess educator learning and student design?
QR code scanner- ok how about this occurance that took place in out home last evening. We had Christmas Eve at our home last evening and after the boys had opened their gifts- those little buggers took out their cell phones and scanned their gift items. They instantly found out the cost of most of their items. I never thought that would occur, but it did so fast. I do not know if I was just plain irritated or surprisingly amused? Presents include this year included eReaders for each son, snare drum for youngest son, a variety of small gifts and of course for the older two the best gift of all - cash.
Because of their quickness of thinking on their feet, this leads me to believe that future activities for home and school could include a content based scavenger with QR codes, a mystery or CIA story to be solved, a community in-school store, a chain story, problem solving with math clues, fact based QR codes as study cards for a test, battle of the books LMC activity, and much much more.
Happy holidays everyone,
From my friends on Twitter this AM a huge list of QR Code uses:
Cyberman QR Codes: http://cybraryman.com/qrcodes.html
LOVE this list! Thanks to Naomi for posting it. I'm going to re-tweet it, so I wish I knew which of her buddies on Twitter posted, but it's making the full circle anyway.
Though these are mostly business ideas, the list of 101 ways will no doubt bring a plethora of ideas to every teacher's brain. How exciting! The Hallmark card suggestion makes me think I could create my New Year's cards (a bit late for Christmas or Hannukah) on a webpage, create a qr code for it, then send that out to my friends.
Thatleads me to think I could create my newsletter online, and send out the scan code to parents. Less paper than a whole newsletter to print!
What great resources you've shared here. On the 101 Uses, I like the Historical Site Marker and Museum (QR code that takes you to an audio commentary of a piece of art work). I really see this taking off in those classes where teachers look for innovative ways to hook students.
I think it would be great to create a QR code for Intel websites such as our community or Intel.com/teachers and place on the back of our Intel shirts to wear at educational conferences. It would be interesting to see how many people scan the back of our shirts to see where it might take them.
So, think about this: Create your QR code for your class website, especially if parents and students need to access it regularly.
Then go here and order yourself your very own QR code necklace (or keyring, mug, t-shirt, etc.)
Students and parents can whip out their phone, scan the code, and voila!
Hmmm, maybe it needs to be posted in the school handbook or on the front doors, etc as a link to the school website...
Possibilities are endless!
This was in a librarian webinar a couple of days ago so I ordered a shirt yesterday on zazzle.com and they have 20.11% off until tomorrow. If you want the necklace then don't order from Bonnie's qr link but use this http://www.zazzle.com/custom/necklaces and you will get it a couple of dollars cheaper. My advice to you is ....once you create your item then scan the code in the design with your phone to make sure you have the right code...learn from my mistakes...LOL!
OMG...I had a great QR code moment Friday - I processed new books and put Invisible i on the shelf. It is a web friendy book where students can visit the amanda project website and contribute. I turned the book over and there it was - a QR Code for the website.
I think this will be the first for many YA books. Have you seen any other books with QR codes?
How cool, Susan! I went to Amazon to check out the book and turned to the back cover. I used the QR scanner on my phone to scan the code on the back and it took me to the website. I bet we will begin to see these in newspapers, magazines as well as books. This makes me want to start pulling some of our latest books inventoried from the shelves and look to see if they have QR codes. I will certainly be checking as I sometimes help scan in books in our media center. I will let you know what I find.
This is similar to what I'd like to do in our media center with placing QR codes inside the front cover that would lead to audio book reviews by students.
More great resources that I have stumbled upon by searching, Twitter PN and Trunk.ly PLN.
android app bar code scanner
I took time to play with qr codes today. I visited several sites and seemed to have problems connecting to my wiki. I eventually discovered that I had to get the code within the frame on my cell phone when taking the picture of the code to get access to the wiki. Once I figured that out, everything worked smoothly. I used the QR Code Generator Tool to create my code http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-generator/. It is a great way to share!
I am excited to be working on a QR code presentation (representing the future) for the 6th grade social studies classes - I am a part of a recreation where knowledge was spread to the poor by notable people....had to double check that I was the notable person and not the poor...LOL I will share my presentation because I found something so cool that will really impress those 6th graders. My presentation is Thurs and Fri this week so I will post after....stay tuned. Has anyone else done something with QR codes and their students since the webinar? Would love to hear about real life examples.
Now for the presentation...I am attaching it here. Please note I pulled images off the Internet and I did not cite...sorry...was running short on time! OK so the students LOVED reading the QR codes I made esp the one that says I am the coolest librarian. They also got into the images and brainstorming ideas of what the QR codes might say. The AH HA was the QR code living book. They were amazed at the book and could totally see a connection with the codes and education after seeing the video. I SO want one of those books. If you are not sure what I am talking about then watch the video in my PPT....so cool!
I am working on a summer reading preview station in the library. The students have a list of about 8 books and they must choose 2 to read over the summer. My idea is to have the books out on display and provide QR codes with links to digital booktalks and/or trailers on the books. I do not have any iTouchs with a camera so thank goodness for the one that I won last month from Intel because we will use that as a the one the students will use when they come to the preview. If that one does not have a camera then there is software you can download on your computer to read QR codes and I am going to use the flexible webcam I won at the Intel BDay bash for them to scan...either way it will be a hit. I have about 3 library assistants for the first 15 min of each class (during sustained silent reading time) so they will be in charge of organizing and controlling the station. We could just kiosk the trailers but what is the fun of that...LOL. I was so excited to see that invisible i was one of the books which is so cool because that is the book I mentioned earlier that has the QR code. I will definitely share pics and info on our project. I also have another idea but it would depend on he having something mobile to access the codes so that iTouch with a camera is critical in this idea but I will share if I get it in action. Anyone else have anything in the works with QR codes?