TESOL 2015: Get more out of your handouts with QR coeds
GET MORE OUT OF YOUR HANDOUTS
WITH QR CODES
Kyoto Sangyo University
Hard to read
Difﬁcult to print
No space for notes
LESS USER Friendly?
HOW TO MAXIMIZE THE INFORMATION PRESENTED
IN THE LIMITED SPACE OF A HANDOUT
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH QR CODES
vCard of Teacher’s
Link to Videos
Link to MP3s
Link to Surveys
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
Device with QR Code reader app
Smartphone, iPad, tablet, iPod Touch,
Nintendo 3DS, etc.
(limited to text codes)
Internet connected computer
(to make codes)
WHAT IF A STUDENT DOESN’T HAVE A SMARTPHONE?
Design activities so they don’t need one
Have an analog (paper) back-up
Have an extra device
Borrow a friend’s device
Have the students work in pairs/share
HOW MUCH DO QR CODES COST?
They are open source, free to make and free to use, but users might need
to download a reader app. Most are free, but some are paid apps.
WHICH APP SHOULD I TELL MY STUDENTS TO USE?
Some smartphones have a reader app built in and some don't. I let my
students choose one that they like. I do recommend that they download
several free ones and see which one works best for them.
Recommended paid app: Scan by QR Code City ($1.99) http://scan.me
WHAT TYPES OF DATA CAN QR CODES CONTAIN?
QR codes support 9 data types: plain text, URL links, e-mail address,
SMS, phone numbers, geo locations, calendar events, and vCards, i.e.
HOW MANY CHARACTERS CAN A QR CODE CONTAIN?
They can contain 4,296 alphanumeric characters, but a more practical
limit is between 300-500 characters, basically 2-4 tweets.
HOW BIG SHOULD THE CODE BE ON THE HANDOUT?
They can be any size, but the more data they contain the more complex
the dot pattern will be. So the more data, the bigger they need to be.
Something between ¾ to 1½ inches (2-4 cm) is usually ﬁne.
CAN A QR CODE CONTAIN AN IMAGE OR SOUND FILE?
Technically yes, but practically no. However, you can link to a website
that has the image or sound ﬁle that students can view/hear on their
DO THEY HAVE TO BE BLACK AND WHITE?
No. They can be a combination of any two colors, but there needs to be
sufﬁcient contrast between the colors therefore black and white is usually