How to use QR codes in Teaching?

QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) first designed for the automotive industry in Japan. Since QR code is image based, it can be scanned and read through a phone camera and decoded by QR code Apps. The information encoded by a QR code can be linked to any type of data (webpage, document, image, video etc.) of a specific digital destination (URLs). With the penetration of smart phones and availability of free QR code Apps, QR codes are becoming a popular way to connect offline environment with online content through a mobile device.

use_qr_code_teachingFor mobile learning, QR codes are an exquisite way of giving additional information about a research, teaching or personal portfolio. It can be displayed on conference posters, lecture handouts to acknowledge audience to additional information. To explain any topic in details the QR can be linked to YouTube videos or virtual laboratories, tours, geographic locations to make the learning interesting and impactful. It can be used in your research papers, presentations or talks as a logo or own brand giving your work a unique quality like copyright.

Teachers can opt to use this technology in various forms to facilitate their teaching. These secret codes can be used during competitions, puzzles, quiz or sports to allocate special respect and prizes making the awards memorable and unique for the winners. It can be also used as voting tool or confirmation of attendance while entering and exit from the classroom saving time for other useful and innovative things. The codes can be created for different online activities, to initiate and maintain the interest of the students and their interaction with the linked content. For results and exam process or assessment work if the students are asked to check their answers by scanning the QR code it can save your time, student’s apprehensions, excitement and nervousness controlling their emotions and keeping and individual track record of their reflection. After every lecture extensions for these codes can be provided to students to on specific topics to build up the research process.

QR codes are convenient to use and they are very cheap, environment friendly and easy to design so are being adopted as a useful tool in schools. There are many websites (such as allow you to generate your own QR codes for free. You can also use free mobile apps to generate and read QR codes. For example, QR Code Reader and Scanner is an iPhone and iPad compatible free QR code reader. The QR Code generator suite allows you to generate and store codes in different formats and your students can be easily directed to the relevant content through their smartphones.


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