You know QR codes, right? Those little squarish things that resemble, kinda, the old screens on a b/w tv when the programming was over. So anyway, these QR codes allow you to tie some webpage or anything, really, to your phone or device with a camera.
Ok, so I will go with the presumption that you can scan QR codes with Apple like you can with Android. I seriously do not know. On the Android side of things, you can use an app like Google Googles. You ‘take a picture’ of the QR code, and it will pop up the link, video, file, etc. Pretty neat.
I recently saw an article on Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/5973021/turn-your-daunting-project-backlog-into-a-fun-and-actionable-qr-code-to+do-list) where you could turn your regular to-do list into a series of QR codes. The thought, then, becomes not knowing what task is next, throwing some randomness into your daily chores or workload.
So I started thinking…how could you use this in education? Lots of ways! With students, you could have them in groups and have each group use their phone or tablet to scan a QR code to see what their task is. Or some type of quest or scavenger hunt, with a series of QR codes acting as clues. Then how about just choosing partners? Nothing says random like this does. Use centers? How about using some QR codes to put students into their centers or for them to receive their tasks for the centers. Or studying history? How about different historical figures each getting a QR code? Or maybe historical events?
Then what about professional development? I for one HATE group work. Just give me my task and let me complete it. Maybe using QR codes would motivate people like me. Maybe each QR code is under the seats, and those people sharing the QR codes do an activity together. Maybe Common Core meets The Amazing Race. Or maybe you have three or four concurrent sessions. Maybe use QR codes to shuffle people into different sections.
Lots of potential here. I believe I will soon try this. Love seeing some, almost forgotten, technology used in new ways.
QR code–created at website: http://www.qrstuff.com/