When I posted Microsoft Tag the QR Code killer in July last year little did I realise the amazing progress that QR code generators would take. But then you shouldn’t be surprised as QR code technology is open and MSTag is limited to software engineers that work for Microsoft.
This graphic beautifully illustrates the state of play at the time of my blog post lin 2011. Both codes link to my website. The MSTag was made using Microsoft Powerpoint (instructions here) and the QR Code was created by a website called QRHacker.
The battle between QR and MSTag hinges on ‘Customisation’. As you can see the MSTag on the right looks like a picture with the small coloured dots being the ‘code’ that can be read. The QR code looks pretty with a colourful background, a picture in the centre and the black squares that can be scanned. Only one winner here!
Now take a look at this QR Code. It looks very similar to the MSTag, where the picture becomes the code and looks a lot more creative than the old customised QR Code. This was made using the Eyeconit QR code generator at the Visualead website. All you need is an image and you can generate the QR code that blends beautifully. I think you’ll agree that it is just as striking as the MSTag and a lot easier to generate! (When scanned, this QR Code sends you to my website)
But the QR Code customisation doesn’t stop there-there’s QR Voice which produces a QR Code from a piece of text that you type in. When you scan the code it ‘speaks’ aloud the text that you used to generate the code! But combine the web address URL with the image customisation and you get a cool QR code that talks. On the left is the ‘standard’ QR code that is generated by QR Voice on the right is the same QR generated with Visualead.
The potential in Education is huge! Imagine creating a QR Code image linked to a multitude of space links for example or students creating a link to their class blog with the class mascot or badge and creating a great QR code for it. Much nicer to send home than a boring URL!
The fun doesn’t stop there-next up we have QR Notes a rather intriguing QR Code generator that will assign any image and a 500 word ‘note’ to a code. Here’s an example that has my image and a little bit about me.
Again customising this QR Note leads to endless educational possibilities. How about a 500 word challange (created by the brilliant Julia Skinner @TheHeadsOffice ) as a QR Code-complete with image for extra points?Or a 500 word or less book review for the library? How about a QR Code that links to what the students know about a topic at the beginning of studying and then students create another QR at the end linking to a blog post all about what they have learned at the end?
So how about scanning a QR code without a portable device? Impossible!No! Take a read of the legendary @RmByrne website ‘Free Technology for Teachers’ post about a rather clever Google Chrome extension that let’s you ‘scan’ codes directly from your browser (takes a lot of the fun away though!)
If you would like to know more about QR codes and their potential in the class here is my presentation at the Bradford Bmoble 2012 event on Using QR codes and Tags to raise attainment in writing.
If you’re after loads of links to broaden your QR in education knowledge try this Bit.ly bundle that I always add to.
Finally (and no I’m not on commission) @ianaddison asked me to write a chapter about implementing QR codes into the classroom for his brilliant new Rising Stars Essentials: ICT Apart from having my great chapter it really is a great place to start if you are new, experienced or looking for ideas to implementing ICT into your classroom practise. Is available from Amazon at a very reasonable £9.09!I’m always learning and I found some great ideas that I will implement in September.Written by Julian S Wood - www.ideasfactory.me/about/"rel="author"