Feb 28 2012
QR Codes….We’re just starting!!!
Today was the first day that Room 3.14 has been exposed to QR Codes. You may be asking what a QR Code is. Well it is a generated image that works like a barcode. You can link a website, text, phone number, or even a voice to it. It allows a whole bunch of knowledge to be condensed into a picture.
So, you may be asking…How can I use it? Well you will need a reader on a smartphone, ipad/tablet or ipod with a camera. You also have to download the app to be able to ‘read’ the code. I am using the app – Scan from Apple. It is supported on the iphone/ipad/ipod touch 4G. Once you have done that, start searching for the codes. They are EVERYWHERE!!!
Test out your QR Code Reader by scanning the QR Code below.
There are two QR Code generators that I am using in class. They are Kaywa.com and QRvoice.net ~ click on the links to generate your own! They are FREE QR Code generators, you don’t have to sign up, just put in the info and away you go.
Students in my class are making effective display ads for their writing unit on newspapers. We are trying to use 21st Century tools and ideas to mix with traditional ways to distributing information. They were so engaged! I sent up a wifi with my iphone and students used their ipods touches to scan QR Codes to see how this works. Our learning goal this week is to make an effective display ad with a QR Code embedded in it. This could be interesting.
The Daring Librarian has some great ideas for using QR Codes in the classroom. Check out her blog here to get further ideas!
So have some fun and tell me how you have used QR Codes in classroom!