Creating and Using QR codes in Your Classroom & Libraries Elissa Malespina – South Orange Middle School Librarian
About Me • Librarian at South Orange Middle School in South Orange, NJ • Published an article on Using QR codes in School Libraries School Library Workshop • Complete techno-geek who loves to try to newest thing out there. Currently using Glogster, Edmodo, Animoto, Wikispaces, and many other technologies with my staff and students. • You can follow me on Twitter @SOMSlibrary
Poll • How many of you have scanned a QR Code before? • Poll Everwhere
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).
What are QR Codes continued • 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
Information that can be stored on QRcodes • A website URL • Contact Information • A phone number • A geographic location • A text message to be sent to a phone # • A plain text message • A calendar event -info from article in NJEA Review by Patricia Bruder
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
QR code readers continued Great website to find Readers: http://www.mobile- barcodes.com/qr-code-software/ Desktop Readers: • Dansi Desktop QR code Reader • Jaxo Systems
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/detail/bcfd doencoiedfjgepnlhcpfikgaogdg
Poll • Have you ever made a QR code before? Poll Everwhere Poll
Uses in the Classroom • Scavenger Hunts • On a field trip to a museum supplement info by providing a worksheet with QR codes • QR code takes students to quiz @ end of trip • Provide parents with codes that they can scan to get homework/assignment info • Digital portfolios for students – adding copies of papers, projects, tests and quizzes to the QR code on a student’s report card gives parents a broader picture of their child’s grade.
Classroom Uses Continued • Connecting with parents--on back-to-school night or post QR codes in classroom linked to information about the classroom curriculum or student displays. • Engaging students – with textbooks or study guides. • Easing the transition to college – virtual college tours. • Periodic Table of Elements – Code links to videos of each element
Classroom uses continued again.. • Checking answers to a worksheets/classwork • Use an interactive whiteboard to record notes/math equations/brainstorming/etc. Host the video online and add a QR code to a homework assignment so students can be retaught from home - From QR codes in Classroom & 10 Ways to Use QR code in classroom
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 • Teachers using them in classroom
Uses in Special Education Classroom • As an alternative to writing down long URLs, phone numbers or address for students with motor skills issues • To create a visual phone or address book for quick access • To supplement or summarize class material • To create flash cards • To provide audio information or directions - From QR codes as Assistive Technology
Using them in College Classroom • Vcard – adding contact info & other important info so students can easily contact you • Office Availability • Links to supplemental materials in textbook • Classroom Calendar • List Sources from your presentation • Post assignments for the week • Links to audio copies of lectures • Links to videos - This list came from 50 Great Ways to Use QR codes in College Classroom
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 )
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 • https://emalespina.wikispaces.com/4T+Virtual+ Conference+QR+Code+Presentation • Twitter @SOMSlibrary • My Livebinder with tons of QR code info: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id =389822
QR Code Link Links to my presentation wiki website where you can download this presentation and also see a Livebinder with tons of information on using QR codes in Schools and Libraries.