Using Geocached QR Codes for Revision in a PE Classroom

Today I completed an alternative revision session with my senior VCE Physical Education students prior to a major assessment piece next week. In the past I have completed the standard revision activity with my students that requires them to answer questions on a page. However this time I went around the school with a handheld GPS  and marked 12 random locations. I then got 12 of the key questions the students are required to understand and entered them one by one into a QR code generator. Once this was completed I placed them at the 12 different GPS locations. Now with this completed I was finally setup for the activity.

The students were then given a blank answer sheet and the GPS location of the first QR code. Once they managed to find the code they used their mobile phones to scan and reveal the question which then needed to be answered correctly in order for me to share the next GPS location.   This process repeated until they reached the last QR code which included some further information about the assessment piece. The students were also encouraged to utilise their MP3 players to listen to their audio workbook and podcasts of key content if they were unsure of an answer.

So how successful was the activity? Well, the lack of motivation usually shown during revision activities was non-existent and the level of understanding the kids demonstrated was also excellent. Now I’m not sure this is a direct result of the activity itself, but I know for a fact  that they enjoyed it and to me that is the most important thing.

Take a look at how the activity worked in the video below. How could you use GPS and QR codes in your classroom?

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11 thoughts on “Using Geocached QR Codes for Revision in a PE Classroom”

  1. This is awesome! Jarrod if you don’t mind I’m going to share it on my blog. I also like the integration of the MP3 players for the podcast. Is the MP3 player through their mobile phone or is it separate?

    Thank you for sharing, you are such an inspiration to me.
    Liz

  2. I’ve not heard of this and it sounds fantastic. I love the notion of QR Code being used. If you don’t mind, I would like to share with your readers. Create your own QR Code with pictures or logos embedded into the code itself at http://www.beqrious.com. It’s really cool.

    This post is a true inspiration for a QR Code enthusiast like me. Thank you!

  3. Hi there,

    I’m a PDHPE teacher in NSW just finding my way into using new technologies in PE. This idea is fantastic. Couple of questions (excuse my ignorance) – are QR’s easy to set up? Do all phones have the technology to read them?

    cheers
    james

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