Learning the Skeleton with QR codes

Today in my junior Physical Education class we started our work on learning the human skeleton, which includes being able to identify the major bones. Now this time last year I introduced the students to ‘Harold’ the model skeleton, so this year I did the same thing, however one thing was very different….

 Harold had undertaken a little update and his bones had been affixed with QR codes that when scanned would reveal the name of the underlying bone. Once the activity had been explained the students set about scanning and revealing, scanning and revealing, scanning and revealing until they could identify the 20 key bones in the human skeleton via scientific name. The next step was to play ‘Skeletal Bingo’ which the kids ran for each other. Basically the kids write down in a 4X4 grid 16 different bone names. The caller then points to bones and if the student has that bone in their list they cross it off. Eventually we get a bingo and to prove they know their bones they have to identify them in front of the class by revealing the bones using the Quickmark QR code reader software and a webcam.

Anyway I decided to film a quick video that you can view below, that could help explain how the whole process worked. Although the QR codes have been used with a Physical Education context in this activity, there is absolutely no reason why this wouldnt work within any other subject area.  If you like you can download a copy of the QR codes I used for the activity here and the skeletal bingo worksheet. Finally if your unfamiliar with QR codes , then you can read an earlier post about what they are and there potential in education.

How else might you use QR codes in your classroom?

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12 thoughts on “Learning the Skeleton with QR codes”

  1. Jarrod, I have been following your use of QR Codes with great interest. At the risk of playing devils advocate, can you tell me how this skeleton use of QR Codes was better than simply having the bone names on sticky notes? How did the extra step of the QR Codes make this a better activity? I can see mixing up the names and having the students have to replace them in the correct spot and the bingo game still working without that extra step & time of the QR Codes. Was there some other information or follow up that they were getting from the codes that went beyond the name? Was there a use for this information stored in some way for students to use outside of class?

  2. Jarrod, I was wondering of the name of the program you are running on the computer to allow the webcam to read the QRcode. I have gone to the Quickmark link but that seems to be for mobile phones only.

    Thank you

  3. Great q lauren. A few reasns why this approach is better.first is the engagement in a usually dull topic choice. 2nd is the fact the names can only b revealed when scanned meaning kids could test themselves then reveal when stuck. As a result it was a much mre independent learning approach on a task that used to take me ages one on one. With the extra source of automated feedback i was able to spend mre time with kids on the tasks that required higher order thinking making our lessons mre productive. Finally the next week will see the qr codes link to a picture or video link on the web about the different bone types. The ability to link to further info is a real benefit. Hope this answers your question. Jarrod

  4. Thanks for all your information, and your video. I can’t wait to use it. I want students to feel that school is teaching them about their world and you are preparing me to do it.

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