The first QR code I ever saw was earlier in the year on the side of a coke bottle where they were used as a gimmick. Although very cool, I didn’t see the potential use for them in education. However, the past few months has seen a hive of activity on the QR code front and so I jumped on the bandwagon and have been having a go with them in school.
There are many good ideas in these places:
Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom – crowdsourced
The first thing I’ve done with them is copy quite a few others and link children’s online work with their writing books. This was great as most of our literacy unit involved creating an information text website so there is now a cross-referenced QR code in their literacy books and it doesn’t look to the parents like the children have done nothing all term.
I’ve also made a poster advertising our school blogs, twitter and facebook with a QR code attached but so far only one person has scanned it and that person was not a parent.
One way I would like to use QR codes though is to find/create questions for all of our reading scheme books then attach the code to the books for parents to scan at home and use the questions with their child. Obviously, this could be a mammoth task but hopefully would be worth it in the long run. And if anyone is up for making any shared resources then that would be more than awesome 🙂
I’m also trying to think up some sort of murder-mystery/crime-solving type activity but haven’t quite got the idea fully formed in my head yet, need more time to mull that one over.