Why is it useful?
Well it is a fun and exciting way to access student's work, links to websites, an interesting way to entice students to complete a research task or view work you have set up online.
And in one easy step you can download a free qr reader app like 'qrrafter' on any device (andriod, apple...) and it will read the code and take you to the content you have stored online.
So how did I generate the code above?
Easy! I went to qrstuff.com and simply selected website url under section 1 - 'data type'. (If you have a dropbox link or youtube video make sure you select the correct data format.) In section 2 I typed in the website link: http://www.kodaly.org.au and voila the code was generated! I then clicked 'download QR code' and the code automatically downloaded to my computer.
So how can this be useful?
- Use it as a fun and exciting way to get students and parents accessing information or student work. I have created portfolio pieces where I have uploaded students recorded performance online to Google Drive and then created the QR Code for students to scan. The QR code will automatically take them to the students recorded performance. I remember the days when I had to burn the content onto DVD's and paste them onto portfolio pages - now I can upload the content online (via Dropbox or Google Drive) and parents can scan the QR code instantly gain access! Sure they can simply type the website link on the page - but scanning is definitely a more exciting way to get parents and students viewing the work.
- Next to objects I have on display in my classroom I have a printed QR code that students can scan and be taken to a page to learn all about the object. I have an old pianola roll in my classroom which students want to know what it is. They can scan the code and be taken to an info page that displays the history of the pianola roll and even see a recording of a pianola in action!
- Create a 'Guess the Song' bulletin board where students scan the codes on the page to hear the song and guess what is being played or performed by other students.
- Create a research project where students have to scan the codes on the page to listen to music, watch a video recording, view a youtube clip etc...
- The options are limitless!!!
If students recordings are placed online does that mean anyone can access it?
If you are worried about who has access to the student work - I use Google Drive so that I can set the 'sharing and permissions' to certain people who will only be able to view the data if I have given them access. Similarly in Dropbox you can choose who you share folders with and only give access to people who have a copy of the link or a copy of the QR code. For added security you can invite individual people by using their email address to access the content.
Any questions or issues with setting up your QR code please send me an email. More than happy to help you out!