My colleague Kim Lightle forwarded me an article about Quick Response (QR) codes. This was the first I'd heard about QRs. Thank you, Kim!
As often happens with these kinds of articles, I followed my interests and found some fascinating and entrepreneurial ways that QR codes are currently being used. For example...
- Japan uses QR codes to provide information on food items (where something was grown, who harvested, what/if any pesticides were used, source of seed). Having just been at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference this weekend, I was fascinated by this application of QR codes. Maybe that kind of information would shake up our lazy consumer behaviors. After all, there would have to be a LOT of QR codes on the average, American-produced, packaged "food" item!
- Realtors can add QR codes that allow an interested party to find out more information about a house right from the "For Sale" sign.
- Dayton, OH ran a "ScanVenger Hunt" to introduce participants to businesses and vendors in the city.
Check out the article and follow your own interest nose.
But...within the context of MSP2 and education, I wonder: "So, what is the implication for education with QR codes? What are the possibilities? Opportunities?" AND "Is anyone using QR codes in a school setting or specifically for educational purposes?"
Here are some off the top ideas/thoughts of mine:
- QRs are embedded in books or print resources and go to digital resources that supplement the text (examples, videos, short lectures that elaborate the material, check-for-understanding activities)
- Print maps are embedded with QR's that go to digital information about the location
- Report cards include QR's that link to student's electronic portfolio
- Course on ethics, intrusion, and the ubiquity of digital data
Or...is this another reminder that learning is/does not have to be confined to the traditional classroom of 20-30 students sitting at tables or desks, inside a room, and meet 5 times/week for 50 minutes?