QR Codes in Education: digitalising learning
April 27th 2012
Most of us have now seen QR Codes used in retail, on products and marketing tools. But have you ever thought about how QR codes could be used in education?
Where do we start with QR Codes in Education?
At the most basic level, QR codes can be used to simply make learning more fun. Being given a textbook with lots of information is really quite dull – but add a few QR codes to that information, or use QR codes instead of a textbook and you can really make learning much more interesting. For example, placing a QR code into an outdated textbook that links to an educational video or step-by-step guide can help bring outdated textbooks into the 21st century. School libraries could also utilise QR codes – codes could be placed on the cover of books, enabling readers to link to more information about the author and to any books that may also be relevant.
Student portfolios could also be digitalised with the use of QR codes. Instead of placing all of the papers and reports into a folder, the student’s teacher could upload some examples of their work into an online file accessed by a code that was assigned to the student at the beginning of the year or even at the beginning of their school career. This technology can also be used to connect teachers with student’s parents – for example, instead of simply linking to the child’s portfolio, the Code could link to behaviour expectations, classroom goals and any worries or concerns, as well as a few sample questions that parents could ask their students in order to equip themselves with knowledge about what the child is actually doing in the class.
QR codes can also be used to help students transition from high school to college. The University of Illinois has put Codes up all over campus and when scanned, they direct students to maps, videos and other necessary resources helping get to grips with the big changes involved. They can also link students to the University’s Facebook and Twitter pages, enabling them to stay updated about things such as school closures and cancelled lectures. Research has also shown that students who are connected with their school are less likely to drop out, meaning that the use of QR codes could actually lower school dropout rates.
Utilising this new QR code technology could really help to bridge the gap between students and education, enabling old textbooks to be brought up to date and to make learning much more fun than ever before. For more examples check out the Spectronicsinoz blog on QR Codes in education.