By Gretchen Weerheim, Executive Director
Neversink Valley Museum, Cuddebackville, NY
Nah, just kidding!
According to Wikipedia,
QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type
of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) first designed for the
automotive industry in Japan. A barcode is an optically machine-readable
label that is attached to an item and that records information related to that
item. The information encoded by a QR code may be made up of four
standardized types ("modes") of data (numeric, alphanumeric, byte / binary,
Kanji) or, through supported extensions, virtually any type of data.
The QR Code system has become popular outside the automotive industry
due to its fast readability and greater storage capacity compared to standard
UPC barcodes. Applications include product tracking, item identification, time
tracking, document management, general marketing, and much more.
A QR code consists of black modules (square dots) arranged in a square grid
on a white background, which can be read by an imaging device (such as a
camera) and processed using Reed-Solomon error correction until the image
can be appropriately interpreted; data is then extracted from patterns
present in both horizontal and vertical components of the image.
QR Codes are fun, fast and easy! Here’s
one site you can try: qrcode.kaywa.com
Cut and paste or type in the address in the
indicated section below and press “enter”
And what exactly can I do with my QR
code now that I’ve made one?
QR Codes are hyperlinks most commonly used to connect individuals
reading print media to (URL) websites or multi-media digital content
and may consist of embedded information including:
- Product details
- Contact information
- Promotional offers or loyalty programs
- Event details
- Twitter, Facebook, MySpace IDs
- A link to your website or YouTube video
- Embedded phone numbers which the phone can dial
- Love letters or text messages
One handy example
Or even this:
4th Grade Technology Infused Lessons
Grade Level or Special Area: Tech Grade 4
Written by: Nicole Mars and Laurel Martin,
Endeavor Charter Academy, Springfield, MI
Length of Unit: Eight lessons
The focus of this unit is learning specific
technology skills appropriate for 4th grade
Each lesson integrates the acquisition and use of
computer skills with Core Knowledge subjects.
These thematic lessons incorporate the use of
computers while covering Science, Language Arts
and History & Geography. Areas of Core
Knowledge that are taught include: the food chain,
fossils, cells, writing and research, punctuation,
and mountain ranges.
Celebrate your new skill!
The future is endless with QR Codes!