With http://qrvoice.net/ you type in text, choose the language and it creates a QR coded recording for you. Brilliant. This has great potential for creating listing tasks for students or for them to hear some of their own work.
Today I tried out a QR reading task with my year 10 German group. They had been told beforehand to download a free QR reader to their phone.
I created 5 texts describing holidays in German and QR coded 20 questions to go with them. I used classtools.net. to create the codes as students can get the information offline, so there are not issues with credit on their phone. For most, this was their first experience with QR codes so if nothing else, they now know how to access QR coded data. I scattered the QR codes around the room, some more hidden than others, and students worked in groups to scan the codes, collect the questions and use the
texts to answer. The whole activity took about 20 minutes with students picking out key information from 5 quite challenging texts which they probably would have found daunting had I just given them a traditional worksheet. The student feedback was really positive and they were engaged throughout. I gave a prize to the fastest team but was really pleased to see that all students worked together to produce the right answers. The full German task is here to download.
Useful video from Jon Tait if you are getting started with QR codes.
QR codes can look a bit out of place on posters but you can now use visual lead to embed them into an image of your choice. The basic package is free to use. You create a QR code for the stimulus you want such as a youtube video, select your image and place the QR code within it. You can then add that image to the poster or worksheet for others to scan. Easy!
A perseverance poster incorporating a QR code. The link is a short Nick Vujicic video. DOWNLOAD
I am just getting to grips with creating QR codes for learning but I can see there are number of ways you can use them within school life. The creator of www.classtools.net has made life easier for teachers by offering a QR treasure hunt generator. (click on image) You just need to input questions and answers and it creates the codes for you to print. Scatter these around the room and set the students to work. You would need to prepare the students beforehand to ensure they have a QR reader on their phone (lots of free apple and android versions available). You would also need to group students to ensure they all have access to a QR reader. I'm looking forward to giving it a go!
The brilliant Joe Dale @joedale sent these useful articles which will explain
the use of QR codes far better than I can.
I have been teaching languages for 13 years. I enjoy finding and developing new ways to engage students with their learning. This page is designed for sharing anything and everything that may be of use to others. Enjoy!