Twelve Ideas for Teaching With QR Codes]
Because mobile learning is becoming increasingly widespread, it is imperative that we discover efficient ways to make use of mobile tools in the classroom.
Always make sure the tool you’re using is appropriate for the job. Mobile learning has the potential to generate both the tool and the demand for it. Mobile learning tools have the potential to harness the excitement of technology for the aim of providing effective instruction if they are equipped with safe and specific structures. One example of this would be to provide instructions using QR codes.
The abbreviation “QR” stands for “Quick Response.” You might think of it as a picture that looks like a barcode and can be scanned; doing so will lead you to a certain location online. For instance, the one to the right will lead you to a website where you may generate a QR code. You will have the ability to generate a wide variety of QR codes there. (You are welcome to look for them on the internet if you like.) However, before you can do that, you will need an app that is capable of reading QR codes. There is a plethora of free QR code software that can be downloaded for use on Apple and Android devices. Simply look it up. You just need a phone that has a camera on it in order to read them. Free makes teachers happy and, naturally, facilitates the ease with which these practises can be put into action. You can be directed to a telephone number, email address, SMS message, bookmark, or another link using a QR code. Mary Beth Hertz wrote an excellent introductory blog post on QR codes, in which she suggested several ideas for using them in the classroom, such as scavenger hunts and advertising. The following is a list of additional suggestions that can serve as a springboard for your use of QR codes.
1. Create 21st Century Resumes
1. Craft Resumes Appropriate for the 21st Century
Instruct the students to develop resumes for themselves using QR codes that link to other content such as their professional website or portfolio. Resume building and technical writing are taught in some capacity at all educational institutions. Assist them in bringing it into the 21st century by developing a CV that involves interaction on their behalf. Not only will this help them become more engaged in technical writing, but it will also lead to inventive work on their part.
2. Provide Some Examples
Whether it’s PowerPoint or slideshare for a class presentation, or someone speaking a foreign language that’s relevant to your current lesson, you may make QR codes to link students to examples of outstanding work to use in their own projects.
3. Provide a Service
Integrate QR codes into a project based on problem-based learning (PBL) or service-learning, giving students the opportunity to generate the codes that will link to the content they produce. If, for instance, students participated in raising awareness about the spread of diseases, they might post the codes around the school or include them in a newsletter sent home to parents. They can take it one step further by developing codes for local organisations or businesses.
4. Make Your Classroom Greener
Help us to save some trees! Instead of printing out more copies than necessary, you can provide your students with a QR code that will link them directly to the relevant announcement, instructions, or assignment. It can free up more place on your wall and help your school be more environmentally friendly.
5. Encourage and Compliment Ask the children to scan a code that will take them to an animation or a badge in order to win a gift. If they do well on a comma quiz, perhaps they will be given a code that allows them to access a Comma Guru badge on the website. The students can even make their own codes to give to one another as rewards. A student is able to provide a code that, when entered, will lead to messages such as “Thanks for doing your bit for the team” and “Good Job from Andrew” when they observe something positive occurring in the classroom.
6. Establish Multiple Points of Instruction
Place codes in various parts of the room that, when scanned, will direct students to a variety of different films, online activities, or information. The utilisation of a helpful tool such as the discussion protocol of reciprocal teaching (PDF) or a visual organiser will assist in making their involvement with the content that is connected easier.
7. Confirm Your Answers and Think About It
After they have finished an assignment or an exam, it is a good idea to have students check their answers by scanning a QR code. As a teacher, you are able to visibly validate when students are verifying their own work, and you are also able to check in with them to see how they are progressing. This will assist in keeping track of individual learning and offer you with an opportunity to stimulate student reflection.
8. Provide Extension Assignments
Simply including a code on the class assignment and instructing students to follow it to the extension exercise or question is an excellent method for providing additional assignments for students who want to perform above and beyond what is expected of them. It won’t take up a significant amount of space, and it could help generate some excitement about the extended assignment.
9. Assemble Your Research
Instruct the students to build codes that link to the things that are discovered during the study. These could be displayed on a wall in the classroom or in wikis that the class maintains on a particular subject. This not only helps individuals feel more invested in the study process, but it also actually creates “walls that talk.”
10. Establish Participatory Laboratories or Dissections
Students can access vital information or content by scanning codes that are affixed to skeletal models or pigs that have been dissected. Or vice versa. Perhaps they will be able to design a model for the class lab or create their own lab as a result of reading this.
11. Differentiate Your Teaching Methods
Do you have a poem that the kids may discuss and analyse? You can get them started by providing additional scaffolding, such as a link to a recitation or questions that are narrowly focused on the topic. Utilize the Quick Response (QR) code as a tool to assist you in managing differentiation among the many teaching styles at your disposal.
12. Vote QR codes have the potential to be an excellent voting tool, as they enable students to cast their ballots by merely scanning the code as they enter or leave the classroom. This can help save time, plus it gets your children up and moving about the classroom.
The use of QR codes is an excellent addition to the tool belt of a teacher. Just keep in mind that this piece of technology is a tool and must be used appropriately. It can help manage your classroom, be a part of student work, promote inquiry in a project, or create participation in a session. Please leave a comment below and share with us some of the most effective ways that you have used QR codes in the classroom. A favourite expression of mine is, “The wisdom is in the room.” Because you guys are such amazing educators, I would really appreciate it if you shared any of your thoughts.