10 Ways to Use QR Codes in Online Education

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With the transition to online education our digital skills as teachers and educators come under the spotlight? Do we really have the  skills required for an effective remote teaching? What about resources? Do we have access to the appropriate resources to make this transition an optimal learning experience for our students?

Since the outbreak of the pandemic and in response to the huge number of emails we get on a daily basis from teachers from all around the world, we created a special section here in EdTech and mLearning where we started building a compilation of diverse resources to help you in your online education.  Today's post is another step in this direction.

In this post, we revisit the topic of QR Codes and we want to specially draw your attention to this resource we shared in the past. These are some suggestions to help you  integrate the power of QR Code technology in your online teaching. We have modified these practices to align with the requirement of online teaching. We ended up with 9 suggestions. Check them out.

  10 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in Class

1- Create interactive and engaging content
You can enrich the content you teach  online  by adding QR Codes that link to further readings and resources around related topics. For instance, you can link to a PDF, a document, a video tutorial, a website, an audio file...

2- Share resources
Students can use QR Codes to share educational resources with each other (e.g. class notes, web content, how-to videos, etc).

3- Help with homework
Teachers can provide detailed instructions and how-to tips in the form of a QR Code which students can use to help them with their homework.

4- Use in educational activities
Instead of handing out dozens of handouts with instructions on how to work on a certain activity, you can generate  QR Codes with all the required information and share them in your online class.

5- Communicate with parents
Share with parents QR Codes with information about class/school events and activities, students' learning...etc.

6- Use with books and reading materials
You can integrate QR Codes in the digital reading materials you share with students. Upon scanning these codes students will be able to access more information and resources on the related materials.

7- Provide easy access to online content
Sharing long URLs with students is not always the best option and most often some students (some of them) will end up with  broken URLs. To avoid this problem, create  QR codes with URLs you want  students to check out and share these codes with them

8- Gather students feedback
You can create polls, surveys and forms using tools like Google Forms and share them with students as QR Codes that students can easily scan and access.

9- Research project
Get students to create QR Codes linking to the resources and web content they drew on in their research.

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