“Four Ways QR Codes Could Revolutionize Education” was the title of the article that appeared in my Zite reader this morning. I tucked it away in my Diigo account after a quick read for a second, longer read later. Then, the lawn needed cutting so I got a chance to think about the article again.
I think that I must have a different concept of what “revolutionize” means than the author. I’ve been intrigued with QR Codes and have shared some of my learning in this blog as I dug into the concept. I can see some uses for the codes.
- In classrooms where students have difficulties keying long URLs into a browser, scanning a code could quickly point the student to an internet or other address;
- In a trophy cabinet, scanning a code could send you to a repository of pictures, movies, stories, etc. outlining the winning that went into obtaining the trophy;
- Certainly, anytime that you can get rid of mounds of paper and point people with devices to electronic resources has a nice feel to it;
- You can pack a bunch of information into a small area;
I’m not so sure that I’m ready to use my R to call the suggestions in the article revolutionary.
- Digital Portfolios;
- Connecting with Parents;
- Engaging Students;
- Easing the Transition into College
The above are important things that should be foremost in everyone’s mind already anyway. I really can’t see the leap that having a QR Code would make that would revolutionize anything except perhaps the clerical work. I see it as a parallel to using tinyurl. It’s nice; it’s convenient; it saves a great deal of keying; it’s accurate. But revolutionary?
I’m not ready to make that leap. Are you?
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