Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Create your own QRcode for ANY subject area


VOTE! If you have a QRcode reader on your cell phon (download one for free here), than take a picture of this code to vote in my poll! If your phone does not support QRcodes, than take apicture of the code and send it to Snappr@Snappr.net.

Snappr is a free resource that allows anyone to easily create their own QRcodes or 2Dcode (Quick Response). In case you are unsure about QRcodes, I wrote an earlier post about what exactly are QRcodes. What I like about Snappr is that it is incredibly easy to create a QRcode for a variety of outcomes. For example you can create a QRcode to connect with an MP3file (great way to promote the school band performances). Or you could create a QRcode for voting (such as the one above). Take a picture of the code, then you will instantly be able to vote via cell phone. The voting results immediately show up in my private Snappr account. Snappr also allows you to create a QRcode for any webpage, social network (for example a QRcode could become a business card with your social networking ID, contacts, email...etc). Another option is to create a QRcode for an image on the Internet (great for art students to display their artwork). Finally business students can create QRcodes for advertisements or coupons (or trade code).

A Few Classroom Integration Ideas
Homework/Syllabus
The teacher could create a QRcode for the weekly homework assignments, for class readings, or the syllabus. It could be a great way to save on paper.

Vocal or Instrumental Music
Music classes could create links to MP3 files of their latest musical pieces. This way parents could instantly load the latest music onto their cell phones.

Resume/CV
Studnets in a business course that are creating resume's and business cards could develop a QRcode for them.

Tickets for Events
Schools could create a QRcode for the tickets at the spring musical, that have automatic seat assignments. That way attendees only have to show their QRcode to get in.

Voting
Students could instantly participate in polls and surveys by taking a picture with their cell phone!

History/Science/English...Reviews
Students could create a QRcode for an image and when people take a picture of it, they will immediately learn all about the significance of the image. For example taking a picture of a famous person or a scientific phenonmenon. Then receiving a message about that person or phenonmen. Great for Review!

Novels
Studnets could write a novel and then associate a QRcode with it, so that anyone could read the novel by taking a picture with their cell phone.


How do I get a QRcode reader on my cell phone?
While Snappr allows you to download the QRcode reader on most cell phones (not all cell phones can read QRcodes). Another great option for anyone who does not want to download an application to their cell phone OR who does not have a cell phone with a QRcode reader is to use the MMS option. You can take a picture of the code on your cell phone and send it to Snappr@Snappr.net. This option really allows for more accessibility with cell phones and reading QRcodes (especially in the U.S.)

5 comments:

mrrobbo said...

I'm really excited about the potential of QR codes in education and cannot wait to use them in the new school year starting in 2 weeks. Thanks for a few more ideas on how they could be used. Ive mentioned how I feel they could be used at my blog
http://mrrobbo.wordpress.com/
Thanks again

Jeff Branzburg said...

Hi Liz

Interesting about QR Codes; I've never really learned about them. If i understand correctly, a QR Code can be a link to a web page. I wonder what the possibility is for rogue web sites to generate QR Codes to drive mobile traffic their way; viruses haven't been much pf a phone problem so far, but odds are that will change. Reminds me a bit of the arguments against URL shorteners like tinyurl.com - they mask the destination of a link. Something to be careful about, I guess.

Liz Kolb said...

Jeff
Good point about the potential pitfalls of the QRcodes. I had not considered this issue. Definitely adds another dimension to the discussion topic.

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