These black and white squares have appeared everywhere from billboards at the side of the road, roof tops, cola cans, buses, magazines, etc. So why not in your library, textbook, assignment, project, or classroom display? The ability to use them to direct students or colleagues to online resources (presentation slides, websites, video, book location, etc.) is powerful and engaging and, when well implemented, can offer a level of interaction and engagement. It’s not about what they are but about how we use them and what they can offer me in an educational setting. Whether you’re a teacher, student, parent, school governor, or on the PTA, you ought to know about QR Codes – what they are, how they work, and how you can leverage them to increase student participation in and around the classroom. They offer the ability to share digital content from teacher to student, from student to student, and even from student to teacher. Go on, try it! This eBook will explain everything and put QR Codes in context. Using computers and technology in educational environments can be exciting and challenging. Implementing QR Codes within your student’s learning is just that: exciting to see how students of all ages use and interact with them, and a challenge to make them usable, informative, applicable, and appropriate. This book draws on established examples from the commercial and corporate world as well as from established users of QR Codes at all levels of education; from primary schools up to Universities. Not only will you find examples of how QR Codes have been used but you will find out how you can design, create, and implement your own QR Code treasure hunt, library resource, student group work, orientation activity, conference or event feedback, etc. David Hopkins has developed a respected reputation among educational technology networks for his use and research into the uses of QR Codes. He has been active with QR Codes at Bournemouth University and more recently at the University of Leicester since 2008. This book draws on David’s QR Code experience with poster projects, classroom activities, and workshops and delivers these through a practical and up to date guide.” What are people saying about QR Codes in Education? “All you ever wanted to know about using QR codes in Education is in this eBook. It takes you from the very basics of what these delightful square barcodes are, how to view the information they link to, how to easily create your own and, most importantly, a vast array of ideas on why you would want to use them! Whilst not a newcomer to QR codes, I came away from reading inspired and with new ideas of how QR codes could be used to enhance learning and teaching.” - Sue Beckingham (@suebecks), Educational Developer, Sheffield Hallam University “The information is concise and user-friendly. The ‘Planning, Creating, and Monitoring your QR Codes’ chapter offers everything you need to get going with QR codes. Because of David’s extensive experience, you won’t have to learn the hard way. He’s made it easy. The book is well-balanced, but keep in mind – David’s examples and suggestions for using QR Codes in Education are very persuasive.” - Brian Bishop (@bbishop262), CEO, Virtualwirks “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. A veritable treasure trove of inspiration, the book should be read for this alone [chapter: QR Codes in the classroom] and I will be definitely trying some out.” Julian Wood (@ideas_factory), Sheffield Primary School Future Learning Technologist
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From 10 years’ experience as a Web Designer and Internet Consultant David has developed a respected reputation as a Learning Technologist. From 5 very productive years at the Business School, Bournemouth University, he joined the University of Leicester in May 2012. Using his background and experience with emerging Internet communication technologies David has been applying himself to Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and his work in areas of technology & pedagogical research. Through his work, with both campus and distance learning students, David has used his experiences as a Learning Technologist to develop the use of QR Codes to link the printed, paper-based world of learning materials to the growing digital and online world of the computer-, laptop-, tablet- and smartphone-connected students. He has developed a reputation as a champion of QR Codes in Higher Education: he was instrumental in developing and managing several projects at Bournemouth University that used and investigated the use of QR Codes and, through his own personal research stream, developed a series of resources and blog posts on QR Codes and their applied uses in Higher Education, in and out of the classroom. In 2012 David, along with colleagues, gained funding from the Higher Education Academy in the UK and delivered a workshop that would take delegates on a “journey of discovery, tailored to their own QR Code experience”. Now working at the University of Leicester, one of the UK's top 20 Universities, he concentrates his work on aspects of technology and how it can be applied to current teaching practices as well as developing new ways to use existing and emerging technologies, both in and out of the classroom environment. David shares his thoughts, research, work, conference & event reports, etc. on his Technology Enhanced Learning Blog “Don’t Waste Your Time” www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk and shares this and much, much, more through Twitter (@hopkinsdavid), LinkedIn (David M Hopkins) and other online networks.
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