A QR Code is a type of barcode that is readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera telephones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text, URL, or other data. Spectronics Blog offers some insight and ideas for using them in classrooms (link).
QR Codes can provide an alternative access format for students who need additional support in reading and writing. Using handheld devices e.g. iPad, Smartphone, or a computer students are able to quickly gain access to information while also incorporating the use of their own literacy support apps or software. For example, having trouble typing in a long, complicated URL – use a QR Code to navigate to the website instantly without typing. Or, need a read the instructions for a task set by the teacher – scan the QR Code created for these instructions using your iPad and use your text-to-speech app.
The way QR Codes can be used in the classroom is only limited by our own and our students’ imagination.
- Take students to websites without the need to type in an URL.
- Provide information ‘hot spots’ throughout the classroom to access online videos, websites, text that is related to curriculum and instructional material.
- Attach QR Codes to the classroom calendar / timetable to point to information about upcoming class events, assessment reminders, etc.
- Take students to a website you are browsing on an interactive whiteboard. Using the Mobile Barcoder add-on for the Firefox web browser, quickly generate a QR Code and have students scan with their own hand held device.
More ideas? Here are a few links that explore the use of QR Codes in the classroom Click Here