Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Day 8 -- Using QR Codes in Student Projects

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Today's guest post is provided by guest blogger Kimberly Warrner with SimpleK12.

Scannable bar codes may be just what you need to spark some student interest in your classroom - read on to learn how to use them to showcase your student work and give some life to your classroom's info graphics.
The world as we know it is becoming scannable. Over the past few months, you may have noticed these black square barcodes popping up on everything from newspaper ads to cereal boxes.

So, what is a QR code?

"A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones...scan the image of the QR Code to display text, contact information, connect to a wireless network, or open a web page in the phone's browser." - Wikipedia

How do I make a QR code?

My favorite way to create them is with, a free URL shortener that now automatically creates QR codes for your shortened URLs.

How can I use QR Codes with my students?

Bibliography of student work
Create a page on your wiki or blog, or craft an email or a handout to give to parents that includes links to student work. Along with the links, put a QR code for each of the virtual projects. This way, viewers have the option to view immediately via their smartphone, and if they are viewing a print version, they don't have to enter the URL into a computer.

Link to additional resources for class materials
Put QR codes on all of the elements on your periodic table poster, link them to a wiki page or better yet, a fun video showcasing that element. Challenge your students to come up with a better idea, and have them bring in their own QR code.

Inspirational quote  in your classroom? Include a code that brings up a photograph of the author.

Have a classical poem up instead of a quote? Use a code that takes you to a podcast of the poem. Music teachers can create codes that link to podcasts of classical music. When you're playing a particular piece in class, attach the related code on the music itself, so students can listen to the recording at home.

Reports & Projects
With any assigned book or reading, include QR codes linking to book reviews. Include codes to the online versions of your assignments, your classroom's calendar of events with upcoming due dates, or related videos, articles, etc.

The Challenge

How are you going to use QR Codes in your classroom?

1 comment:

  1. I am going to try them with a Problem Trail in a Math class.