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  • You’ll need to think about the devices the students will be using.Will sufficient numbers of them have access to a smartphone?What platform will they run? Android and iOS will handle most functions well. RIM (Blackberry) and Symbian (Nokia) won’t be as feature rich. Older phones will struggle with more advanced options like linking to Google Maps and some other websitesThink about battery longevity – Is it likely your students will have enough life in their phones for the activity until they can get to the next recharge.
  • Network IssuesIf you are just using QR codes for simple text messages then network coverage is not a issue. It may be if you want to link to web content.If you intend to link to streamed content like Youtube then a reliable 3g connection is required. This may not be available in more remote areas.
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  • www.netskills.ac.ukVirtual poking into the realEnhancing fieldwork with QR codes
  • QR codes – Virtual poking into the real10-25 chars 20-47 chars 35-77 charsSource: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code© JISC Netskills 2011
  • QR codes – Virtual poking into the real 50-114 chars 174-395 chars 1,852-4,296 charsSource: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code© JISC Netskills 2011
  • QR codes – Virtual poking into the realWhat can a QR do?• Display simple text• Web links• Google Maps link• Youtube link• Various social networking functions• Send an automatic email or SMS• Contact details (VCARD)• Calendar entry (VCALENDAR)© JISC Netskills 2011
  • QR codes – Virtual poking into the realTry these…• Digital orienteering • Scan a QR to reveal a unique code to prove you were at a location• Treasure hunts • QR code links to a map showing where the next code is• Secret mission • Tasks to be completed at locations revealed using the QR code• Adding links to extra info about exhibits• Link to archive images and video© JISC Netskills 2011
  • QR codes – Virtual poking into the real© JISC Netskills 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksayer/5614813544/
  • QR codes – Virtual poking into the real© JISC Netskills 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/blakespot/4773693893/
  • QR codes – Virtual poking into the real© JISC Netskills 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/uxud/3559329899/
  • QR codes – Virtual poking into the real© JISC Netskills 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/alancleaver/4443921690/
  • QR codes – Virtual poking into the real© JISC Netskills 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nesster/3168425434/
  • QR codes – Virtual poking into the realTop 10 QR tips for fieldwork1. Print the code as large as you can to make scanning easier2. Avoid the largest QR code types (1,852- 4,296 chars) as these can be hard to scan3. Place QR codes in well lit, accessible areas if you can4. A torch can be useful to aid scanning in darker locations5. Foil the cheats! Get students to take pictures of themselves in the location they found the QR code.© JISC Netskills 2011
  • QR codes – Virtual poking into the realTop 10 QR tips for fieldwork6. Using bit.ly to create the QR means it is easy to track analytics for each code: when they were accessed and how many times7. Print black on white for easier scanning8. Weatherproof your codes and firmly fix them to something. Use cable ties9. Most QR readers keep a log of the scanned codes. Good for reviewing later10. Taking an image of a code or at a location on a smartphone will create a geo-tagged record of places visited (if the option is enabled)© JISC Netskills 2011
  • QR codes – Virtual poking into the realVirtual Goody Bag http://bit.ly/oxBezt© JISC Netskills 2011