When I originally started the concept of putting all of the Ontario Edubloggers together in one spot, I thought that ScoopIt! would be the tool to provide a solution to this task. The promise and descriptor sounded so good. ScoopIt! would wander the web and report back to me links that it found. So, I asked it to find me Ontario Edubloggers, bloggers, education, Ontario, Ontario bloggers, and a bunch of other things. ScoopIt! returns links to me daily but they’re not what I’m looking for. I guess Ontario Edubloggers aren’t tagging in the manner that I thought. It does support a thought that I had that we need to be teaching students how to tag so that their content can be found by others. Anyway, that’s not the point today. ScoopIt! does return great stories for me but just not what I was looking for. So, instead, I created the Ontario EduBlogger LiveBinder instead. That works out nicely and with the incorporation of the Google Form, I have been adding to the collection as new blogs are created and shared.
I still wanted to do something with ScoopIt! though. At the same time, I wanted to dig into QR (Quick Response) codes more. I’ve heard speakers and certainly read from others about how QR Codes are going to revolutionize everything but have seen very few examples that really turn my crank. I’m not sure this is a crank turner yet but I did create a QR version of the Ontario Edublogger list that is fully accessible by your Smartphone camera with the appropriate software. I use something called Barcode Scanner and Google Goggles (thanks, @pbeens) on my Android and it works nicely. If nothing else, you can do a demonstration of the website with your camera for others to show how the concept of QR works. And, just for the record, the old fashioned mouse clicking on the link works too…
So, here’s the deal. Go to the website http://www.scoop.it/t/ontario-edublogs or scan here.
Each of the blogs has its own unique QR Code. Just scan the code for the blog that you want and away you go to read it. As I was doing this, I was reminded of being with my friend Johanna as students checked out books from her library. She would flip in her binder to the student’s name to scan their info as she checked their books out.
I must admit that it took a bit of time to put this together. However, those that know me know that I can be a little obsessive and compulsive and so I did stick to it until I was complete. Here are the steps in case you ever want to do something like this.
0) Install the QR-Code tag for Google Chrome and open the Original LiveBinder. Create a new ScoopIt! page.
1) Click on a link to open it in the LiveBinder and then right click to open the original blog.
2) Click the QR-Code tag to generate the QR-Code in a new window. Save the code to your hard drive.
3) Go back and copy the URL to the blog.
4) In ScoopIt!, create a new post.
5) Paste the URL into the appropriate field. ScoopIt! is neat now as it visits the URL and harvests info about the blog including an image to identify the blog.
6) Override the image that ScoopIt! provided above and upload the QR-Code in its place.
7) Save the entry.
8) Repeat a ga-zillion times. It was only after creating about 5 of these that the concept of ga-zillion kicked in but I really liked the look and so decided that it was worth continuing.
9) Test the images to make sure that you haven’t missed one and that they all go to the desired resource. If there are people watching while you’re doing this, be prepared for all kinds of comments as you hold your Smartphone up to the screen.
Eventually, you hit ga-zillion and you’re done.
So, the ScoopIt! page is now created and I can use it (and you can too) should the time and place be necessary to demonstrate QR codes.
The process wasn’t actually painful. Putting together the original LiveBinder took longer and it served nicely as source material for this page. With this page, viewers can subscribe to an RSS feed and even suggest other content to be added. These suggestions go to the curator (me) and I add them when notified.
So, if you have a Smartphone, give it a shot. Any suggestions or corrections should be sent to the curator!