Friday, November 1, 2013

QR codes learning in the environment

This week at the Parramatta Learning Community for Sustainability meeting at Sacred Heart Mt Druitt we learnt about utilising QR codes for environmental education.

What are QR codes?
QR codes are like a barcode but square and can encode information like words, instructions, urls etc that can be read by a mobile device QR code reader.

How to read QR codes?
There are many free QR code readers for any mobile device.  Try searching for reader or scanner in the App store.  Try these to start with:
  • QRset
  • Qrafter 
How to create a QR code?
Some simple QR code generators are:

Tips:  Keep your url short by using a URL shortening service.  A good one is:
Goo.gl - it will shorten the url and then if you are signed in and click on details it also creates the QR code.

How can QR codes be used for learning ?
  • Provide links on real objects to web based information. eg a QR code on a pot or stake in the schools kitched garden to give information about the plant.
  • Link to a maths or literacy activity in a google doc or website.
  • Provide instructions around gardening, counting, literacy.
Access the QR code slides here

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