Using QR Codes In School
This week we have been inspired by a joint venture between Climate’s Sake and a Retired Teachers association in North America who funded the expansion of a tree trail of QR code-tagged trees. The project is using QR codes to re-engage children with nature. Children (and adults!) are able to download a free app to scan the trees with their smartphone or tablet and access information about each tree species. Climate’s Sake’s founder Alice Casselman said, “Let’s take them [children] where they are and take it outside. You need to roll with where kids are at, speak their language.”
The smart use of QR codes is being seen more frequently in schools and can add real benefits. A QR code, also known as a quick response code, allows the user to scan a code to access a whole host of useful information.
There are numerous ways in which schools are using QR codes, below are some great examples:
Signage – adding a QR code to signage is a great way to make your displays interactive and take the user to more information about your school, such as directing them to an online copy of your prospectus or your school website.
Prospectus - Although key information is outlined in the prospectus prospective parents and students may want to find out more about certain aspects. Perhaps they are particularly interested in the maths department or want to find out more about the extracurricular activities offered. QR codes pose an excellent means of allowing them to delve deeper and find out more.
Homework Planner – You can link your homework planner to your VLE or online homework solution with a QR code so that students can access online information quickly when needed.
If you’re using QR codes we’d love to hear about it!
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