A number of years ago I blogged about some of my early uses of QR Codes within the Physical Education classroom, one of which included the blog post entitled ‘Learning the Skeleton with QR Codes“. Since this post, QR Codes have gone on to become useful additions to a wide variety of situations within our school environment. They really are quite powerful.
Now, If your new to QR Codes then I highly recommend that you check out the superb video by Commoncraft, who simply have a knack for explaining technology in the simplest of ways.
Back in 2009, the landscape was very different and scanning a QR Code was a cumbersome and time consuming process, resulting in limited net returns. Flash forward to today’s mobile rich landscape and this activity is made all the more accessible and realistic. So with this in mind, how exactly have we modified it to suit the new climate? How has the activity been enriched?
The Injury Prone QR Code Skeleton
In the latest update of this activity, the QR codes are now fixed directly onto the major bones and when scanned link directly to YouTube videos of famous sports injuries involving that particular bone or attached muscle. What resulted was an interesting means to explore injuries and associated methods for repair and recovery. The inclusion of QR Codes assisted this activity dramatically by creating a tactile experience that brought the activity to life with a heightened level of realism. By using this method, students were able to bring to life the activity in a way no possible before.
In the example listed below, the QR Code was attached to the Tibia/Fibula and linked to an appropriate YouTube video showcasing a compact fracture. Try it for yourself and imagine this working in multiple other contexts within the classroom.You can scan it for yourself by downloading a FREE compatible mobile app for your device. My recommend app of choice is i-nigma. To install it on your device simply visit the link here and you will be informed of the compatible app for your device.
So how exactly do you make a QR Code link to a YouTube video? Watch the video below to see just how easy it is.
How could you use QR Codes in your classroom? What sort of augmented experiences could you provide to deepen the connection between the theoretical and practical activities? I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas within the comments.