I was searching through a few of my followers blogs and I came across Tayla’s blog in which she writes about QR codes. If you aren’t sure what QR codes are, they are a square of black and white pixels – you may have seen them on the side of some products that you have previously bought.
These QR codes can be scanned through an app on your phone in which they will automatically link you to a certain website – pretty cool stuff.
If you would like to know a little bit more about them, please view the following YouTube video.
BBC Active have reported on QR codes within education. They have found that:
A maths teacher is adding QR codes to her printed worksheets to give students access to the solutions at home.
A modern foreign languages teacher uses QR codes to give access to GCSE listening papers. She prints them out on stickers and asks students to stick them into their planners for homework.
A head teacher has decided to put QR codes around the school for parents to access information about each department on information evenings.
A year 5 teacher encourages pupils’ enquiry skills by ‘posting’ QR clues around the classroom in the context of a research project on the daily life of British children during the Second World War.
A science teacher films all of her practical experiments. She uploads the videos to the school’s virtual learning environment. Each video is archived and displayed as a QR code on the wall of the science lab for reference by students and other teachers.
A librarian has developed an ingenious use for QR codes. He sticks a QR code on books that have been reviewed as a podcast by volunteer students. Once scanned, the code will take you directly to the podcast.
This is really great! Would you have thought about using QR codes within your classroom? This report is really great reading, if you would like to read the whole thing – please read the following link.
The QR code that I have used as my featured image is the QR code for a college in England named “Harrow House”. If you scan this QR code, it will take you directly to their website.
BBC Active. (2010). QR Codes in Education. Retrieved May 9, 2015, from http://www.bbcactive.com/BBCActiveIdeasandResources/QRcodesineducation.aspx
Harrow House. (2015). QR Code. Retrieved May 9, 2015, from http://www.harrowhouse.com/Default.aspx?pagename=QR-Code-for-Harrow-House