50 QR code resources for the classroom [Osborne]

50 QR code resources for the classroom — from zdnet.com by Charlie Osborne


As mobile learning and technology is more readily integrated within classroom settings, QR codes can be used as an interesting method to capture a student’s attention and make lesson material more interactive.

Quick response codes, also known as ‘QR’ codes, are simple, scannable images that are a form of barcode. By scanning a QR code image through a mobile device, information can be accessed including text, links, bookmarks and email addresses.

In the classroom, QR codes can be used in a variety of ways — from conducting treasure hunts to creating modern CVs. Below is a number of articles, tutorials and lesson plans designed to help educators.

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mLearning DevCon 2011 Conference Backchannel: Collected Resources #mlearningdevcon — from Misadventures in Learning by David Kelly


I am a huge proponent of backchannel learning.  There are many conferences I would love to be able to attend, but my budget can only accomodate one or two each year.  The backchannel is an excellent resource for learning from a conference or event that you are unable to attend in-person (emphasis DSC).

I find collecting collecting and reviewing backchannel resources to be a valuable learning experience for me, even when I am attending a conference in person.  Sharing these collections on this blog has shown that others find value in the collections as well.

This post collects the resources shared via the backchannel of the mLearning DevCon 2011, held October 5-7 in the New York Metro area.


Lessons on mLearning

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    QR Code Survey [qrmediacodes.blogspot.com]

    QR Code Survey — qrmediacodes.blogspot.com

    Example graphics/excerpts (emphasis below from DSC):



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    Whether knowing what it is or not, you’ve probably seen a few QR (Quick Response) codes by now – these rather soulless small black and white two-dimensional bar codes that have started showing up within media and advertising to storefront window displays. QR codes instantly link the offline world and the digital world together— Its therefore a powerful tool businesses can use to allow consumers to engage with their brand or product.

    Stats from Jumpscan say that QR code scanning has increased by 1,200% from September to March 2011. Not surprisingly, social media users are the key driver of this growth, with 57% of Facebook and Twitter users reporting that they’ve scanned at least one QR code in the past year.


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    I post this to get some creative/innovative juices flowing for how this might relate to textbooks and/or other educationally-related applications.

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    Delivr.com + Percent Mobile = QR Squared — from Paul Simbeck-Hampson

    Excerpt (emphasis DSC):

    In my recent Webinar on Mobile Tagging I spoke of a QR code management platform called Delivr.com. In this post I’d like to highlight some of reasons why I consider this platform shines above the rest.


    Webinar: QR Codes, mTagging and Learning


    A somewhat related addendum:

    Cookery goes interactive on BBC One
    BBC One’s new cookery series – The Good Cook is to be the UK’s first-ever cookery programme to use “Quick Response” codes. Audiences with QR-enabled phones will be able to use this interactive technology to link directly to the recipes and ingredients featured in the programme via the BBC Food mobile website.

    Available while watching the series live on TV, BBC iPlayer and from the website the audience can get the full details for each recipe and a list of ingredients by simply scanning the QR codes on the screen onto their mobile smart phone.

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    [Concept] The new “textbook”: A multi-layered approach — from Daniel S. Christian
    I’ve been thinking recently about new approaches to relaying — and engaging with — content in a “textbook”.

    For a physical textbook

    When opening up a physical textbook to a particular page, QR-like codes would be printed on the physical pages of the textbook.  With the advent of augmented reality, such a mechanism would open up some new possibilities to interact with content for that page. For example, some overall characteristics about this new, layered approach:

    • Augmented reality could reveal multiple layers of information:
      • From the author/subject matter expert as well as the publisher’s instructional design team
        • Main points highlighted
        • Pointers that may help with metacognition, such as potential mnemonics that might be helpful in moving something into long-term memory
        • Studying strategies
      • A layer that the professor or teacher could edit
        • Main points highlighted
        • Pointers that may help with metacognition, such as potential mnemonics that might be helpful in moving something into long-term memory
        • Studying strategies
      • A layer for the students to comment on/annotate that page
      • A layer for other students’ comments



    For an electronic-based textbook

    • The interface would allow for such layers to be visible or not — much like Google’s Body Browser application
    • For example, in this graphic, comments from the SME and/or ID are highlighted on top of the normal text:





    Advantages of this concept/model:

    • Ties physical into virtual world
    • We could economically update information (i.e. opens up streams of content)
    • Integrates social learning
    • Allows SMEs, IDs, faculty members to further comment/add to content as new information becomes available
    • Instructors could highlight the key points they want to stress
    • Many of the layers could offer items that might help with students’ meta-cognitive processes (i.e. to help them learn the content and move the content into long-term memory)
    • One could envision the textbook being converted into something more akin to an app in an online-based store — with notifications of updates that could be constantly pushed out


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    Augmented Learning — from Kirsten Winkler at bigthink.com

    A technology that keeps me excited for a while now is augmented reality in combination with QR codes and geo tagging. One start-up that caught my attention early on was StickBits.

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    I’m thinking of a related application here — it involves Geology courses. That is, what if the rocks or other types of materials (that students were trying to learn about) were assigned their own QR codes? Then the students could walk around the room, scan in the QR codes, and the relevant information about that rock/material would appear on their device.

    QR codes -- definition and examples from Mashable.com

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    Couple items re: QR Codes from Mashable.com

    HOW TO: Use QR Codes for Event Marketing — by Matthias Galica

    I’ve spent nine months isolating the best practices and highest converting use cases specific to these applications. Taking over where Jamie Turner left off with his post on the 10 commandments for marketers using 2D codes, below is a “brass tacks” breakdown of the minimum value each marketer needs to offer to be successful.

    What Should My QR Code Do?
    It should direct users to a mobile-optimized webpage with functionality tailored to your audience and application. Below are recommendations based on the calls-to-action that we’ve seen achieve the highest engagement. You’ll notice the following themes recur: Exclusivity, rich media, downloads, social media, incentives like prizes and contests, and contextual relevance.

    NYC Building Permits Are Getting QR Codes — by Sarah Kessler

    A new plan unveiled by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday will put QR codes on all NYC building permits by 2013. New Yorkers who scan the codes will be able to learn details about ongoing projects, read complaints and violations related to the location, or click on a link to easily make complaints of their own.

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    Cool Tools – Rapid e-Learning with Brainshark or Captivate — from Blackboard’s Next Level Learning blog

    Let’s say your company has a new product update and you need to get the information out fast to your team of sales and product managers. Or maybe your company is growing quickly and you need to train a brand new team in a matter of days.  Did a new certification just get released and you need to get information out to your association members ASAP?  No problem!  This is where Blackboard and rapid e-learning tools like Brainshark and Captivate come in.

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    • Brainshark Mobile & QR Tags: An Exciting Combination
      QR Codes 101
      QR (“quick response”) Code or Tag is a square barcode that you can scan with your smartphone’s camera with the help of a QR Code app to immediately launch a link or URL on the mobile phone’s web browser.   Said another way, QR Codes are a simple way to connect the offline world with the online world. This represents a huge new point of delivery for Brainshark video presentations. Why is this important?  …Because you want your content available when and where your audience is primed for it.

    QR codes for digital literacy — from Instructional Design Fusions

    Increasingly, we are recognizing that mobile devices are an important way to connect people to learning and health tools. However, text interfaces can be very problematic for individuals with poor literacy. Enter QR codes. Although we may associate them with high tech uses, they can play a valuable role in overcoming some text literacy challenges that can make the effective use of mobile phones impossible for some.

    This video by adaptivepath.com describing the Mobiglyph project demonstrates how QR codes can help reduce the digital divide.

    As of Feb 1, 2011 -- the world's largest multitouch display


    Again..can you imagine the power of this in a smart classroom setting?


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    I’ll wager that in the future, this is the type of “wall” that will be in many classrooms. Students will be able to hold up their devices to send their files to it…then interact with the various programs/files on the displays. Such a “wall” will read/process QR codes as well.

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