As some of you may know I am a bit of a QR code Nerd. I won the Microsoft Partners in learning Innovative Educator award in 2010 for my work using ‘QR Codes to stimulate oral storytelling’ and I also wrote the imagechapter on QR codes in Ian Addison’s Rising Stars book Essentials:ICT. It is my pleasure to write this book review about QR Codes in education.

David Hopkins (@Hopkinsdavid) is one of my technology in education heroes. His pioneering work with QR codes in Education, since 2008 is staggering and he continues to experiment with QR Codes at Bournemouth University and more recently at the University of Leicester.

He has recently published an ebook called ‘QR Codes in Education’ and this quote pretty much sums it up.

“All you ever wanted to know about using QR codes in Education is in this e-book.”

                                 Sue Beckingham (@Suebecks), Educational Developer, Sheffield Hallam University

David’s book is a great place to begin for those educators who wish to start using QR codes in their classroom. The book begins by explaining what QR codes are and then delves into examples of use in education and Libraries.

Although an FE academic, David’s book is very readable, he uses easy-to-understand jargon in the right places (no need for a Glossary here!) and uses practical, chalk-face examples for each section.image

I especially liked the sections where David explains about how marketing and advertisers have used QR Codes in extremely creative ways, such as the frosted Guinness glass (See image right) with a QR Code on it that could only be scanned once the pint glass was full of Guinness!Or how Estate Agents are using QR Codes on For Sale signs so that potential customers can scan for the brochure information.

You then delve into chapters about how to generate a QR codes and what are the latest ways to customise them using colour, images and design.

Where David’s book comes into it’s own though is the numerous examples of ways educators have used QR codes-ranging from Book reviews to uses in presentations. Really very comprehensive and inspiring.

These examples come complete with images and links, so that the reader can see first hand how they have inspired the students and what inspired the educators to use them in the first place.

There’s even a chapter on how successful QR code marketing campaigns are, here David shows his wisdom, which echoes many on the poor use of technology in the classroom;

“Despite the above ‘reservations’ of QR Codes the main point for their failure I see all too frequently is not the code or the technology itself, it’s how it has been implemented.”                                                                                                                                                                                                        David Hopkins-QR Codes in Education


My favourite chapter is the last one, David inspires us with some suggestions on how we can use QR Codes in our classroom. A veritable treasure trove of inspiration, the book should be read for this chapter alone and I will be definitely trying some out.

I’d thoroughly recommend buying ‘QR Codes in Education, an easy to understand read and by far the best book for educators wanting to start to use Quick Response Codes in their classrooms.

David has very kindly given readers a whopping 60% discount until August 2nd thru … and using QU23E code at checkout.

Also check out David’s award winning blog Don’t Waste your time

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