QR Codes Abound

18 Oct

Keep your eyes peeled for QR codes (Quick Response Codes) throughout our building. According to Wikipedia, “A QR code is a type of matrix bar code (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside of the industry due to its fast readability and comparatively large storage capacity. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be made up of any kind of data (e.g., binary, alphanumeric, or Kanji symbols).
Created by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave in 1994 to track vehicles during the manufacturing process, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional bar codes. It was designed to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.”
Personal learning devices can be used to scan the codes, and they often lead to websites, pictures, documents, or plain text. Their usefulness in education is just now being assessed and leveraged. The next time you see a code, use an iPad or laptop to scan it, and see where it leads you.  Red Laser is considered to be one of the better apps for this purpose. Chances are an enriching video, song, picture, or text will appear to bring additional meaning to a related or nearby item. Enjoy! I’m interested to see how you can use these in your classroom.

QR Code from Wikipedia

Questions to consider:

1. How can QR codes be used to engage learners?

2. How can teachers use these codes to easily transmit information to parents, community members, or students?

3. How do I do this??????  Follow this link for a beginner’s guide to QR Codes: http://www.eyeoneducation.com/Blog/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/318/Beginners-Guide-to-QR-Codes-by-Frank-Buck

8 Responses to “QR Codes Abound”

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  2. Karena Cosgrove October 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    I am facinated by these things. Being a person without cool technology to scan and use them though I feel left out!

  3. party October 26, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!

  4. Debbie Lyscars October 22, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    I have several parents in my room who travel weekly for their jobs. I am wondering if QR codes would be available for them to update themselves on projects/presentations that their child is working on in the classroom? They would be able to share the experience with their child and offer feedback to them.

  5. Mary Lou Donahoe October 18, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    My husband has used them in manufacturing to track the process of a given product. It is not new in many areas. How fascinating is becoming part of “everyday” life and that can be used in education. I am looking forward to learning more about it. Wow, what a year, so much to learn!

  6. J. Andrew Bairstow October 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    I agree. They are everywhere, Karen. I was at the Portsmouth Air Show this summer and one of the banks that supported the show created a scavenger hunt throughout the Trade Port using QR codes. It was very creative. Below is some information some may find interested to learn more about QR Codes. Thanks Karen!

    Join us for the next session!
    Using QR Codes to Engage Students
    Tuesday, October 18th – 5pm Eastern Time

    To join the live session, please follow this link at the scheduled time:

    In this session:
    Quick Response Codes (also known as QR Codes) are being used by people around the world for everything from advertising products to labeling/organizing everyday objects. This technology is so new that educators are still trying to figure out how these little squares can be used in the classroom. One thing is certain – QR Codes can get students engaged in your content in a whole new way!

    Tune in on Tuesday, October 18th at 5pm Eastern Time as Shannon Holden shows you how to implement QR Codes in YOUR classroom:
    The history of QR Codes
    How to download a QR Code reader for iPads, iPods, and mobile phones
    How to “read” a QR Code
    How to make a QR Code for free
    Using QR Codes to increase student engagement in your classroom
    Ideas from teachers from across the United States and Canada

    Presented by Shannon J. Holden
    Shannon Holden has been a high school and middle school teacher and administrator in North Dakota, Texas, and Missouri for 20 years. Holden built a website, http://www.newteacherhelp.com in 2009 to help reduce the 50% five-year attrition rate for new teachers in the educational profession.
    TechTools for the Classroom: Easy Ideas to Engage Students
    In this community and series of free webinars you’ll gain new resources, free technology, and learn ways to integrate technology into the classroom in order to engage your students. In our series of free webinars, live chats, and online discussions, you’ll collaborate with other teachers to share techniques that engage students by using technology. Visit our TechTools community at http://www.edweb.net/techtools.

  7. Karen Landsman October 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    I’m starting to see QR codes everywhere . . . on a restaurant window (scanning takes you to the menu and coupons), at a museum (scanning plays a video), even at the supermarket (scanning gives you specials and coupons). I’m excited to see how they might be used in an educational environment.


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