Here’s a fun smartphone activity that is pretty quick to build. I did this in our board office this afternoon in 10 minutes.
- Find a website with an educational activity/resources.
- Create QR Codes and insert into a wordprocessor doc. I created the QR code simply and quickly at http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
- Print off and affix to various places in your school, classroom etc. I added a line of text that says “Learning in the hallway: What is this?”
The QR codes when scanned with a smartphone app (like Scanlife) will point to a designated website for an educational activity. The QR code example above points to a great infographic on the Space Shuttles (http://www.universetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/orbiterInfoGraphic.png)
If you had activities available online or educational resources available online, small laminated QR codes could be a great grabbag activity in classrooms where students had access to a smartphone or device that could scan QR codes. Scavenger hunts etc as well as ways to get more information as in our Scale Model of the Solar System are yet a couple of more ideas for QR codes. Do check your QR codes after you’ve created them, you wouldn’t want to end up in a situation like this one (which actually is an April fools joke).