QR Codes in Schools
What is this thing? It’s a QR (Quick Response) code. This image actually links to a page that explains what QR codes are. You can also print this out and scan it (take a picture) using a smartphone and it becomes a link to a website or some embedded text. There are several things you can embed into a QR code like a URL, telephone number, SMS message, email address or email message just to name a few. QR technology is most effectively used in situations where you want to add a dynamic component to communication that would otherwise be non-interactive. QRstuff let’s you create your own QR codes. Give it a try.
Another interesting idea might be to create an audio tour. At the high school I worked previously, Honors art students were given the opportunity to exhibit works in certain hallways of the school. QR codes could have been used near each piece to add an audio tour or artist statement to the exhibit. You could apply this concept to a variety of activities happening around the school
This technology is not only useful for promotional activities, it can be used in the classroom as well. The interesting power here opens up when students are able to use their own devices interact with school activities. Students need little or no training on their own devices, which allow them to quickly access to the Internet.