By RR | November 19, 2012
So yesterday I complained a little (or a lot) about what I perceived as a thoughtless rush toward technology. Today, I’m lacing up the shoes and sprinting toward QR codes, which believe it or not, I just found out about at NCTE. Basically, a QR code is a slightly different kind of barcode that is easy to create and embed with instructions. You can use sites such as Qrafter to generate these (see example below) and add your own instructions to the image. Then, when the image is scanned by a smart phone or tablet (try the Google Goggles App), the instructions you embed will be carried out by that device.
So here’s what I am thinking: for years, my students have created really good podcasts on young adult works. They are stored here, and while I know that students return to this site from time to time, what would be really cool would be to make these podcasts a little more friendly to mobile devices. Enter the QR code.
If you print this image (right-click, save, print) and then use a mobile device to scan it, you will be directed to the Feed Podcast. You phone or tablet should download and play it automatically. So here’s the idea: cut this QR out, stick it in the front of your classroom copy of the book. Students scan, listen, and then read. Now that is a purposeful and engaging way to use emergent technology (hat tip: Rick Beach and Sarah Kajder). Cool.