Don’t think of QR codes as simply marketing and promotional tools. They can be turned into valuable educational tools if used in the right way. Schools, teachers and parents can all employ smartphones and technology such as QR codes in order to enhance the educational experience of children. They’re cheap and easy to print out and you can link them to any type of information, whether it’s on a website, in a video or in a sound clip. Read on to find out how QR codes can used in schools for educational and administrative purposes.
1) QR Code assignments: Teachers could create assignments and exercises online and simply hand out QR codes to enable students to access them. Once scanned, the link to the assignment will be stored in the students’ phones and they will be able to access them whenever they want. This reduces use of paper, besides also eliminating the risk of students losing their assignments.
2) Additional Information and examples: Teachers could also use QR codes to provide links to additional information that students might find useful in connection with their lessons. In fact, using a number of videos, audio extracts and images will enhance the classroom experience and will help children learn better.
3) Book reviews: School libraries could use QR codes to allow students to record their impressions and reviews of books they have read. These could be then be scanned by other students or even teachers who wish to know what others think of the books. By thus enabling easier access to student reviews, schools could give a greater sense of responsibility and ownership to students who use the library.
4) Managing school performance: Teachers can also use QR codes to communicated directly and more effectively with their students’ parents. Weekly or monthly performance reports, concerns, remarks and complaints could be sent directly to parents via QR codes
5)Classroom tasks: Use QR codes in the classroom to share tasks, schedules and responsibilities. Here too, you would be handing greater agency to students, as instead of telling them what to do, you would be allowing them to access the information themselves and be prepared for whatever they need to do.
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