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.
As you would most likely be aware, I am a massive fan of QR Codes and there application within the classroom. Since discovering them in 2008 I have gone on to blog extensively about how I have used them in the classroom and ideas for possible future activities, with one of my all time favourite ideas being QR Coded posters. (If you are are still unsure what a QR Code is I suggest watching the video here)
In the Physical Education classroom QR Codes posters have enormous potential and a number of PE Teachers have been using them within their classes to effectively duplicate their teaching, while ultimately moving towards a more student centred approach. So I with this in mind I wanted to share with you two high quality examples of these posters in action.
The following example by @Joeyfeith from www.thephysicaleducator.com effectively combines text, pictures and video into a one stop package for skill development. (See example above). Simply Print them out, laminate and display them in your Gymnasium for a great self paced individualised instructional activity.
The following QR Code on the right, links to a video created by @alex76thomas whom utilised the fantastic mobile app “Coaches Eye” to produce a video narration and telestration highlighting the key aspects to the ready position in Volleyball. The video highlights just how powerful the combination of a QR code and instructional video can truly be. To top it all off this entire process was completed in only a couple of steps
In the past few months ARIS Games has gathered an increased amount of presence within a variety of online spaces and has led me to start planning for its use within my classes next semester. Essentially ARIS Games enables you or your students to create GPS based games in a fully interactive environment where your imagination is truly the limit.
To get started with ARIS you will need the following
Today the QReader app hit the app store with a no fuss approach towards QR Code scanning making the app perfect for use in situations where speed is a priority. With the education worlds jumping on board the QR Code journey, this app should prove useful in countless mobile learning situations. Grab it here
For a comprehensive list of ways to use QR Codes in the classroom check out the following resources
A number of years ago at a conference I spoke about a game concept that utilised QR Codes and Smart Phones to facilitate a fun activity that centred around exercise, teamwork, strategy and technology. The basic idea is simple.
Each user creates a QR Code that prompts a text message to their phone. They wear the QR Code on their back and aim to avoid it being secretly scanned by the enemy. Once the enemy scan the QR Code, they will be prompted to send a text message to your number, ultimately sealing your elimination from the game.
You can follow the steps below to make this game a reality
1) Visit http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ and choose the SMS option. Users then enter their mobile number along with a unique text message. This will ensure that your enemy actually has to scan the QR code on your back to eliminate you.
2) Once your QR Code has been generated, you can download it and place it on the back of a t-shirt.
3) Once the QR codes are setup, players can download a free scanner application like RedLaser for iPhone or QR Droid for Android and the game is ready to begin.
Depending on what the intent of the game is, teachers might choose to incorporate different rules to bring about a variety of learning outcomes. These could include;
Increasing the size of the playing area to increase physical activity
Decreasing the size of the playing area to increase tactics
Creating different roles within teams such as medics, who cannot eliminate players but revive them by scanning a designated QR Code within the battlefield
Incorporating base stations or medical stations, each of which contain QR Codes that prompt text messages to the opposition or teachers. This could be used in replace of QR coded t-shirts.
With term 2 fast approaching, I would love to make this game a reality in my classes as a way to measure teamwork and collaboration. Do you think this would work? What else could you add to the game to increase activity and other learning outcomes?
After presenting a session at the VITTA conference last month entitled ‘The Complete Guide to using QR Codes in Education’, Ive decided to finally film and blog a couple of the activities I had the participants complete.
The first is a ‘futuristic’ maths worksheet that contains QR Codes under each problem. Upon scanning the code a step by step tutorial is launched in Youtube explaining the process of solving the problem.The second activity is based around a life-sized model of a human heart. The heart is broken into major components and each of which has a unique number. Upon scanning the QR code that is associated to the number, a name of the component is revealed along with links to descriptions, Youtube videos and online tests.
To see it all in action, check out the video below.
If you are unsure of what QR Codes are then I encourage you to read through my previous posts surrounding their use within education or my presentation from the VITTA conference.