QR Codes, Pinterest, and the Classroom

The fact that there are thousands upon thousands of “boards” of Pinterest devoted to clever uses of QR codes should make it clear that QR codes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The fact that more and more people from a wide range f professions are relying so heavily on QR codes to make their jobs a bit easier shows the scale, scope, and power of the codes.

As we have discussed here before, many of the people that are using QR codes professionally include teachers and librarians. Looking at these examples, the fact that teachers of all grades and school styles indicates just how useful and accessible QR codes can be.

They are being used in elementary schools, serving as a big part in treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, and fin interactive ways to learn more information about subjects as wide ranging as simple arithmetic to the solar system.

They are also being used in college level courses for more complex studies such as forensics and biology. A quick glance around Pinterest will show you some very unique ways the QR codes are being used in science, particularly in a Table of the Elements that has a QR code on each and every element.

High school teachers and college professors have started suing QR codes to direct students to supplemental information for their studies. Such practices not only show the teachers that their students are putting forth a bit more effort and staying engaged, but it also allows them to keep their kids plugged into current technologies.

Lastly, teachers of all grades and structures are using QR codes as a means to help their students. Some teachers have found it very helpful for the students to include QR codes on homework assignments that take them to video tutorials showing them how to solve the problem. This provides a little additional support for students that are struggling and might find it more helpful to get that help outside of a traditional classroom environment.

What are some other ways you have seen QR codes playing a huge role in education? Do you think it’s a great way to keep kids interested or a distraction?