On Friday 18th of May I will be running another 1 hour #Edtech showcase session at Flinders University. This time the focus will be on QR codes and the many ways teachers are using them to engage students and add a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ to their learning and teaching. I’ve already given one lecture on the use of QR codes for differentiation in the classroom but I always look forward to these more general, discovery sessions.
For those of you who are not sure what a QR code is you might be surprised to realize that you’ve probably seen them on advertisements, posters and even (at Christmas last year ) on the bins in Rundle Mall! They’re being used more and more by advertising agencies to connect us to the content that they’re selling. They’re a bit like bar codes .. but they’re cleverer. A traditional bar code can only be read horizontally and in turn, can only hold a small amount of information. A QR code, on the other hand, can be read both horizontally and vertically and can, therefore, hold a lot more information. Teachers are using it to create links to website URLs, YouTube Videos, Twitter and more. The codes are helping to bridge the gap between the very analogue world of pen and paper and the digital information available online
During the workshop we will explore what QR codes are, how you can make them and then, more interestingly, how you can use them in your classroom!
If you don’t have a QR Reader on your Smart phone or tablet device then can I recommend I-Nigma. They have a reader for every kind of OS you can imagine!
If you’re coming to the course then I look forward to meeting you and to working with you 🙂 You’ll soon find links to the resources I’ll share with you appear below this text. If you can’t make it – or your reading this long after the event is over, then have a nose through the prezi too. I’ll post it here on the day of the course. It’s full of great links, ideas and resources to get your started.
If you’re using QR codes already and would like to share what you’re doing and how it’s going then PLEASE feel free to share your good practice in the comments below.
Some Great Links:
Qr Stuff – an awesome site to make QR codes
The Periodic Table in Qr codes – Each element has a video
An Ever growing Google Doc (started by Mr Tom Barrett) where teachers are sharing how they’re using QR Codes.