DEC Scan Journal : November 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 4 November 2011 24 Reading QR codes Requiring minimal technical skills, QR codes can be scanned by even very young students (Figure 2), as well as parents or friends who own a smart phone, webcam enabled computer, or other device equipped with a camera and QR reading software. Users need to download a QR reader for their device. I chose QuickMark lite <www.quickmark.com.tw> which is free from Zune or costs $1.95 for iPhone users. Other options include: • i-nigma <www.i -nigma.com/ i-nigmahp.html>. Read a complete review of i-nigma on page 51 of this issue of Scan • QR reader for iPhone <itunes.apple. com/au/app/qr-reader-for-iphone/ id368494609?mt=8> • Bee Tagg QR reader <get.Beetag.com> • NeoReader <www.neoreader.com> • iCandy <icandy.ricohinnovations. com> can be used on computers with webcams and is currently freeware For more options, search QR readers or visit the app store for your phone. Creating QR codes Numerous free websites exist for creating QR codes. Simple and easy to use, Create QR code <createqrcode. appspot. com> enables users to enter their desired text and select the preferred code type to generate a black and white QR code. Right-clicking the code provides an option to save the image as a PNG file. To view the Create QR code website, scan the image in Figure 3. To generate more sophisticated codes, QR stuff <www. qrstuff.com> offers a range of data types and customised colours. Teachers may print full sheets of the codes and could even print onto Avery labels. The QR code in Figure 4 will take you their site. Finally, Snap.Vu <snap.vu> is a QR code creator with a difference. The site will track the number of times the QR code is accessed, providing clear evidence whether a teacher’s QR campaign is working. Significantly, creators are able to alter their QR codes, even after printing, since all codes are stored in the user’s account. In theory, a teacher could give each child a QR code in their science book at the beginning of the term and then alter it online each week, so when the children scan it they are taken to a new site. This could be an interesting addition to homework. To create codes with Snap.Vu, teachers must sign up for an account. Figure 4 QR stuff <www.qrstuff.com> Figure 3 Create QR code <createqrcode. appspot.com> Figure 2 A young student scans a QR code t Woonona High School, QR codes have been successfully trialled in the library. They are generated for new books to link with book trailers and author websites, giving students additional information about fiction resources (Figure 5). Students with a smartphone or iPod touch simply scan the barcode, using a free QR code reading app, to access this information (Figure 6). QR Codes are now a permanent feature of the library and will feature on many new books in the future. Student's reaction to the introduction of QR codes has been very positive. Many students have commented on the simplicity and ease with which they can obtain additional information when deciding on books to read. Patricia Roddis Patricia Roddis, teacher librarian at Woonona High School summarises her experiences with QR codes in the library. A Figure 6 Scanning QR codes on the covers of fiction resources Figure 5 QR codes displayed at the Woonona High School library entrance Woonona High School has recently been trialling QR codes in the library with great success Editor’s note: For further inspiration about using QR codes in the classroom and library, teachers are advised to join the iPad4Ed Diigo group <groups.diigo.com/group/ipad4ed> and view Gwyneth Jones’ insightful presentation, QR codes in the classroom & the library, too! <www.slideshare.net/ gwynethjones/qr-codes-in-the-classroom-the-library-too>.