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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Quick Response Codes


QR Codes are those crazy codes that you sometimes see on posters, or around buildings.  They are similar to barcodes, but you can generate them yourself quite easily, and they can have text or web address linked to them.  Below is a quick review I made of "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus"


To scan one these you usally need an app you can install on an Iphone, Ipad, Ipod Touch, or an just about any smartphone.  You can even download programs that allow you to use Webcams to scan them.

[ http://www.classtools.net/QR/index.php ]http://www.classtools.net/QR/index.php

Above is a link to a site that lets you generate a QR treasure hunt, allowing you to create a series of scanable questions.  Because they are just text the codes do not require a connection to the internet to work.

http://www.activehistory.co.uk/Miscellaneous/menus/history_mystery/qr.php

An example of a QR treasure hunt.

http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

One of many sites allowing you to generate QR Codes.  You follow the instructions, it generates a code, and you can download the code just like any other picture.  The Code can then be put in a document and printed.  My favorite way to use them is to print them on labels, makes them easy to stick on something.

My plan/hope is to have students to book reviews/reports and put them on a website.  They can then be placed in the back of the book and other students can see reviews that their peers made.  A bit more interactive than the standard book report.


That is a link to my "review" of the very hungry caterpillar.  Though it is a pretty poor review.

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