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Discovering the innate potential of QR codes in Education

By M. Emily Watson*

QR codes (or Quick Response codes) are encrypted symbols that are used as a label which can be read by a machine, typically a scanner. Earlier used in the automobile industries, the use of QR codes has become a standard procedure in consumer retailing. They are used to identify a product and get all details related to it. The system is prevalent among consumers who can use the codes to get any information about a product in a matter of seconds. However, we will not be talking here about the practices of QR codes in retail market but will focus on its potential in the context of education.

QR codes have dramatically sped up the process of learning. It has brought in a more innovative and faster way to access information. With the advents of QR codes in education, it has become more convenient and less painful to share information across the network. All you need is to scan a QR code using a smartphone or camera device.

In this article, I will discuss 4 popular uses of QR codes in the context of education:

1. Put It on Reading Materials

One of the most popular ways of using QR codes in education is to put in on a book. By scanning a QR code on books, students can easily get access to various educational resources suggested by the author. Similarly, teachers can use QR codes on their notes that students can later decode and land at a blog where they can learn more about a subject.

Teachers can also make this task more interesting and exciting by asking students to create a blog where they can post informative articles. The resources can then be converted into book form with a QR link to the blog. This will enhance engagement among students and allow them to communicate their ideas across a wider range of audience.

2. Use It To Enhance Collaboration

QR codes can facilitate students with sharing of information. With QR codes, students can easily collaborate with each other using any cloud-based storage system. Students just need to put their educational resources on cloud-supported platform and then share the QR link with fellow students. In this way, they can utilize educational resources on a single platform without the hassles of mobility. This will enhance productivity among students and help them execute a project in less time.

3. Effective Tool for Students to Present a Subject

Students can use QR code links in their presentation to supplement additional information about a topic. This is particularly helpful for university students who can use this technology to present their proposal for a final year project. Prospective graduates can attract the attention of review committee by directing them to a blog or website where they will find multimedia-rich information contents on the subject in question.

4. Teachers Can Use It For Classroom Activities

Teachers can use QR codes for various purposes. They can use it to refer a website that students can visit to know more about a topic or experiment. Similarly, teachers can use this technology to link a video blog, photo blog or any other multimedia website where students can engage in interactive activities.

Teachers can also use this innovative tool to share creations of students with their parents. Teachers can create a portal or blog where they can manage the work portfolio of a student and give the QR code link to the parents or a guardian. In the same way, they can share the QR code with the class supervisor to report students’ progress.

(*) M. Emily Watson is a pragmatic yet jolly-natured fella possessing a keen interest in exploring topics that click her curiosity. She’s currently serving an esteemed writing service – Assignment Villa.

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