You're probably familiar with barcodes. They've been around in one form or another since 1948 - found on everything from books to breakfast cereal boxes. The UPC (Universal Product Code) to the left, when read by a scanner translates to "987654321098", which can then be used to identify or track a product. While UPC codes can be found just about everywhere and are used for anything, one place they haven't been used is in the classroom.
You might have also seen these new barcodes, called QR or Quick Response codes. They're the most popular barcode in Japan and are gaining popularity all over the world! The main reason is that rather than translating to simple a tracking number, QR codes contain much richer information, like web addresses and more. That's one reason you'll see them more and more here in the US on packaging materials, in magazine articles and on marketing information...and even in the classroom!
Check out these examples and let me know if you want some assistance in using QR codes in your classroom.
- 36 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes to Support Learning
- Tell a Story with QR Codes
- How to Use QR Codes in Student Projects
- Using QR Codes in Homework
- In the Library: QR Codes Connect Students to Books
- QR Code Projects
- QR Code Implementation Guide