Apr 20 2010

QR codes & Semacodes

The potential of using devices such as smart phones and games consoles to deliver learning resources enabling the learner to access text, video and images when and where he or she wants is becoming more clearly understood. We at Learn Extreme have been long been advocates of using this technology for next generation learning and will be the focus of a number of post to this blog.

There has been a lot of debate, however we are interested in practice so we will be talking about things teachers have done, what can be done in the future and also making educators aware of emerging technologies.

To get the ball rolling: Making it easy for learners to find the resources they are looking for is not always as fast and efficient as they would like. Especially as the memory capacity of modern devices means that a single device can store hundreds if not thousands of files.

QR (Quick Response) codes is one such technology. They can be generated by free online applications, I have just used http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ however a Google search for QR Code Generator will provide a large selection to choose from.

The application will produce an image than you can copy as use at will (see the example on this blog).

You will then need to download a QR code reader to your smart phone. I have an iPhone and use Mobiletag simply because it was the first one I came across. There are others.

Running the app on your phone and pointing the camera at the QR code should result in a website or file being displayed.

For example this is a QR code which will take you to the Learn Extreme website (yes I know you are already here but it is an example!).

Qr are code for Learn Extreme

Semacodes are special markers that we are using with the PSP. Look out for the PSP & Semacodes post.

Have fun

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