How Can You Use QR Codes for Teaching and Learning?

Before I go on to discuss the methods of using QR codes in the educational sector, let's quickly review what a QR code is in the first place. QR codes or Quick Response codes include a two-dimensional space to store texts or website URLs, accessing which certain information is generated. Previously, only businesses used such codes in their product labels, billboards, etc. for advertising or tracking purpose. But nowadays, we see a number of educational institutions using such codes for a variety of reason.

Many teachers/instructors are using codes in slide presentations to direct students to websites where the slide is actually given or where extra information can be found. In England, Andy Ramsden of Bath University tried to find ways to use QR codes in an academic environment. 

Andy Ramsden conducted brainstorming sessions in various campuses to find out a good number of proposals to use the codes. Some of the suggestions presented were "putting them into library books with the renewal phone number encoded (University of Gloucester) or putting them in equipment rooms where they might be scanned to access a how-to manual (University of Leicester)."

Some from the academic faculty have recommended using such codes to let students receive RSS feeds or speech podcasts. QR codes can also be used to find out what type of learning is taking place in each region and may provide a software to use for booking a room. Additionally, these codes can be used to store data for solving a problem in future.

QR codes can be decoded using a cell phone camera that has a code reader. Today, you will hardly find a student without a cell phone. Hence, teachers are finding the system extremely useful to let the students' get on the spot access to learning materials or website URLs by simply scanning the code that they have sent. In geography projects, you may need to research on different rock structures and take down notes. Now, what you can do is to generate a QR code for the write up that you have prepared for the project and then post the code on important websites. It will enable fellow students to view what you have written. Furthermore, you can search for effective learning content on different websites and find out which QR codes have been posted by other students.

Generating QR codes in an academic setting will help you to learn and analyze the content more easily and profoundly. It offers an excellent way to explore the virtual learning world where millions of texts, images, videos, and website links are continuously being posted and upgraded.

Article Source: Jonathan Reynold

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