Uses for QR-Codes in Education
QR codes are a reemerging fixture in the world of commerce, where they pop up on everything from brochures and ads to store walls and merchandising displays. However, these links between the physical and digital worlds have great potential in the education industry as well! Because they can send real-world users anywhere on the Web, QR codes are poised to become the next big thing in learning environments. Here are the innovative ways that teachers are using QR codes, from kindergarten classrooms to university lecture halls.
Making supplemental materials easy to access
As classrooms become increasingly digital, it’s necessary to provide a convenient way for students to access online resources. Some teachers create video lessons or digital presentations to enhance their lecture, and it’s easy to configure a QR code that can be printed on handouts or books.
Rather than combating the use of smartphones in classrooms, why not make them part of the learning experience? Students are often searching for information on their phones — or getting distracted — during class. QR codes provide an easy way for you to guide them to the online resources you want them to see and keep them focused on the lesson.
Creating an immersive educational experience
You can use QR codes as a means of building a digital scavenger hunt, which is a great activity for grade-school kids. Use the codes to lead students to digital landing pages that provides questions or hints to lead them to the next destination. For an extra level of instruction, have the QR codes lead to digital quiz questions that students have to answer correctly to move forward.
QR codes are also a way to approximate an augmented reality experience for students. Museum educators and field school professors can really benefit from this. Print the codes and place them in strategic places around the site. When students scan the code, they’ll be directed to additional information about the location or object in question.
Connecting students to each other
To boost student engagement and encourage the development of study groups, have your students create video or audio recordings of themselves talking about a topic. Those recordings can then be uploaded to a cloud-based drive. A QR code can drive students to the drive via books, posters, or lecture materials, so that they can help each other understand the topic.
QR codes can also direct students to virtual blackboards or drives, YouTube channels, or Facebook groups where they can connect with each other. Consider printing QR codes for these destinations on course materials or lecture slides, so that students can easily access shared resources.
Gather Student Feedback
Whether you’re looking to improve your teaching skills, need to poll students for a lesson, or want to give students the opportunity to share their thoughts, QR codes can quickly drive students to an online survey destination. Try placing QR codes on syllabi handouts to make it easy for students to contact you, or displaying a QR code on your digital presentation so that they can answer a poll question from their smartphones.
QR codes can also be a way to boost class participation. Consider showing a QR code on your lecture slides that students can scan to access an online form. There, they can give input or ask questions that they might not want or be able to share out loud. You can then collect the responses at a designated time and answer them privately, or aggregate interesting student observations or questions to enhance your next lecture.
Getting started with QR-codes in your School
QR codes provide myriad opportunities for your students to access additional information and interact with the course resources. Research shows that when students are given opportunities to engage with the material, they’re more likely to retain information. And because QR codes are free and easy to configure, you can create as many as you like. Head over to Glyphics and get started building Glyphics QR Codes for each of your video lectures, online quizzes, supplemental links, and everything else in your toolkit! You can organize all your codes in the Glyphics dashboard so that your teaching resources are always at hand.