Using QR Codes in Your LibraryElissa Malespina – South Orange Middle School Librarian
About Me • I am the librarian at South Orange Middle School in South Orange, NJ • I have been a middle school librarian for 2 years and was previously a High School Librarian at both Columbia High School and Highland Park Middle/High School. • I am a techno Geek who loves to try to newest thing out there. Sometimes I succeed other times I fail. Currently using Glogster, Edmodo, Animoto, Wikispaces, and many other technologies with my staff and students. • You can follow me on Twitter @SOMSlibrary
What are QR Codes • Definition: A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside of the industry due to its fast readability and comparatively large storage capacity. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be made up of any kind of data (e.g., binary, alphanumeric, or Kanji symbols). • Created by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave in 1994 to track vehicles during the manufacturing process,[the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. It was designed to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. • The technology has seen frequent use in Japan; the United Kingdom is the seventh-largest national consumer of QR codes. • Taken from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code
QR Poll • http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_ choice_polls/LTg4MTgwOTMwNg
What you need to make this work • A Smartphone,or Computer with Webcam, or Ipad 2. • Qrcode Reader • Qrcode Generator • Imagination
STEP 1: QR Code Readers • First thing you need to do is download a scanner to your Smartphone, Ipad or Computer • Recommended ones: For Iphone or Ipad (All FREE) *NeoReader, *Microsoft Tag *Barcodes For Android *QRDroid Great website to find Readers: http://www.mobile- barcodes.com/qr-code-software/
STEP 2: QR Code Generators • Delivr http://delivr.com/ • QR Stuff: http://www.qrstuff.com/ • Kaywa: http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ • Tag Extension for Google Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detai l/bcfddoencoiedfjgepnlhcpfikgaogdg
Ideas on how to use them on books • Links to Authors Websites • Links to Book Trailer • Links to Videos about the Subject Matter • Links to Historical Documents • Links to websites that relate to the topic • Read – a – like Book Links • Possibilities are endless
How I use them in my library • On books • On Audio books • On displays • On Magazines – link to electronic copy of magazine • Have student make them using bookmarks (which I got from http://lib-girl.blogspot.com/2011/07/holy- bodacious-barcodes-using-qr-codes.html )
How we use them @ SOMS • I have made posters with QR codes on them that link to all the teachers in the school that have websites. People can then scan the codes to get to the teachers websites. • Great for back to school night and teacher conferences
Great resources to find other cool ways touse QR codes • The Adventures of Library Girl Blog: http://lib- girl.blogspot.com/2011/07/holy-bodacious-barcodes-using-qr-codes.html • Spectonics Blog: What they are and how can I use them in a classroom: http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/apps-and-mobile-learning/qr-codes- what-are-they-and-how-can-i-use-them-in-my-classroom/ • Darling Librarian - http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2011/09/qr-code-scanning-for- parents.html • 21st Century Library Blog: http://21stcenturylibrary.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/qr-codes-for-libraries- and-education/
Other things you can do with QR Codes • Text content • Dial a phone # send a text • Pull up an image or video • Add event to calendar • Add contacts • Meredith Farkas gave me those ideas
COOL WAYS THAT QR CODES ARE USED OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY
Contact Information • Feel free to Contact me with any questions or ways that you are using them in your school. • Elissa Malespina : firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com • http://southorangemiddleschoollibrary.wikispaces.com/ • Twitter @SOMSlibrary
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