There are a multitude of great QR classroom uses out there already. In fact the Daring Librarian has a great post from December of 2010 about different QR codes and a great video about how they were used in one high school for multiple classrooms.
Today, I’m going to offer one approach to using QR codes in the English classroom. This is quite simply a teacher driven, small groups at stations, QR code assignment. Keep in mind this post is quite lengthy so as to give you an activity and an example of how to use this with Fast Food Nation.
The purpose: to extend student learning on topics that relate to a non-fiction book.
Things to consider: You may, depending on your means, want students to use ipods, phones and ipads. A bigger screen would be useful if you plan on having students use any of the articles below. You may also want to encourage your students to share devices. You’ll absolutely want them to bring headphones as some of the QR codes, when scanned, link to videos and podcasts.
Non-Fiction, Teacher Generated QR Codes
This activity could be used at anytime during the study of a unit of novel. The goal: create a deeper/broader understanding of the concepts studied. Choose a series of articles, podcasts, images, cartoons, etc. that could be easily used for synthesizing a larger understanding. I’ve chosen Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation as an example because non-fiction may be an easier way for you to attempt this type of activity. Resources should also be easier to find. Read more