Category Archives: QR Codes

App Swap Breakfast

Build your own ‘App Swap Breakfast’ event #AppSwap #AppSwapLeic

This morning I saw an innocent tweet from my pal David Walker (@drdjwalker) about the concept of an ‘App Swap Breakfast’. Needless to say it got me thinking …

App Swap Breakfast

It’s quite simple – friends, colleagues, interested individuals, etc. meet at a set time & place and showcase their favourite App of the moment.

So, here’s a call for Leicester friends and interested individuals – do you want to set one up and try it out? Shall we try and engage this on a frequent basis … every month, and if so where? There’s plenty of space.

As per Fiona MacNeill’s insightful post ‘DIY: Build your own App Swap Breakfast Event‘ you will need:

  • A group of people with devices
  • Session leaders (learning technologists / librarians / teachers / student advisers / mentors / etc.)
  • A space/s for sessions to be held
  • Common interests (teaching / learning / scholarship / institutional / subject / revision / reference / entertainment / etc.)
  • Branding
  • Catering
  • A data projector
  • A wall or screen on which to project
  • Resource lists
  • QR Codes
  • Audience Feedback

The concept / idea put forward by Fiona MacNeill, from an idea on LifeHacker website, the AppSwap idea has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License meaning anyone can share and redistribute the materials, and adapt, remix, or transform / build upon them but with appropriate credit is given and that any new work is also provided under a Creative Commons license.

Anyone interested is trying to get a Leicester App Swap Breakfast working? If you are interested (or have a particular reason why not) then please reply below or tweet with the hashtag #AppSwapLeic. If there’s enough interest perhaps we can try it out?

QR Codes in Education

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I have used three different systems to generate and monitor my QR Codes over the past five years or so. My current favourite is linked to the shortened URL generator from Google –

For each shortened URL you create on you can have a QR Code too, all you have to do is add .qr to the end of the URL.

For example, the shortened URL for my eBook on QR Codes in Education, generated for this blog post, is If you added .qr to the end of it you won’t be directed to the page but shown the QR Code for it: And here it is:

QR Codes in Education

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Chatting about eBooks, QR Codes, and Learning Technology with @zakmensah

Last week I was interviewed by Zak Mensah (@zakmensah) on the subject of eBooks, QR Codes, and the wider subject and community of Learning Technology.

Listen to Zak’s recording on his website or the embedded audio Soundcloud below:

Show notes:

eBook QR Codes in Education from David Hopkins

Coming soon – eBook on QR Codes in Education

eBook QR Codes in Education from David Hopkins

Title: “QR Codes in Education”
Author: David Hopkins
ISBN: 9781628470277
Word count: 13,600 (approx.)
Price: $2.99 / £1.99
Publish date: June 1, 2013

Update June 1st, 2013: Available online in selected stores – more information available.

Book description:

“These funny little black and white squares have appeared everywhere from billboards at the side of the road, roof tops, cola cans, buses, magazines, etc. So why not in your library, textbook, assignment, project, or classroom display? The ability to use them to direct students or colleagues to online resources (presentation slides, websites, video, book location, etc.) is powerful and engaging and, when well implemented, can offer a level of interaction and engagement. It’s not about what they are but about how we use them and what they can offer you in an educational setting.

Using computers and technology in educational environments can be exciting and challenging. Implementing QR Codes within your student’s learning is just that: exciting to see how students of all ages use and interact with them, and a challenge to make them usable, informative, applicable, and appropriate. This book draws on established examples from the commercial and corporate world as well as from established users of QR Codes at all levels of education; from primary schools up to Universities. Not only will you find examples of how QR Codes have been used but you will find out how you can design, create, and implement your own QR Code treasure hunt, library resource, student group work, orientation activity, conference or event feedback, etc.”

If you would like to find out more on the book, the contents, or it’s release, please follow me here on my blog or on my various social media accounts for updates and publication details:

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New QR Code generator: Visualead

Wow, something must be going on … two posts on QR Codes in a week?

Yes, I am finally getting round to writing my semi-promised eBook on QR Codes and education / classroom technology … more on that score later, but if you’re interested in being involved or reviewing it, please let me know by email or message on Twitter.

Whilst browsing and writing up and expanding my previous thoughts, links, and resources I came across this (new?) QR Code generator, Visualead – As you can see from below you can position the QR Code over all or only a part of the image you choose.

Naturally if you want to make the most of the full statistical analysis and support/reporting you’ll need to upgrade and pay then something, but the free version is a good start before you go further.

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QR Codes from Visualead

Will this make a difference in the use and popularity of QR Codes? I think not, but this kind of aesthetic approach to tidying up QR Codes might bring a few more advertisers and marketing agencies back to using them, which could have a positive impact on how educators (or more specifically students) view them.

QR Codes – oh no!

While searching and researching QR Codes, for an eBook I might write, I found this video. I thought / hoped it would be a good resource to link and share … but was sorely disappointed.

Called ’37 Examples of using QR Codes’ it could have been so good – showing innovate ways a QR Code can be used for different purposes: medical, arts, marketing, education, etc. What it turned out to be was just 37 places you can put a QR Code, and some of the actual codes are awful. While it could be a viewed as good introduction to ‘where’ to put a code, it does nothing to help or describe what code could be used for, hence my disappointment at the title that clearly states ‘using QR Codes’.

YouTube: 37 Examples of using QR Codes

Examples from the video and why I’m critical … QR Code on a:

  • Dog sweater? When does a dog stand still long enough for a stranger to scan its back?
  • Tattoo? Continue reading QR Code

QR Code Library? #edtech QR CodeI’ve talked about QR Codes for a long time now. They haven’t really lived up to the hype, and even I admit this now. But every now and again they pop up and someone does something ‘new’ with them. It may not be “wow, amazing” but it’s enough to remind us that there is still life in them yet.

Do you remember the supermarket that was set up in the underground station? If not then watch this: Tesco Homeplus Virtual Subway Store in South Korea. And I’ve talked about QR Codes being used in the Library too.

Well, what about combining these two ideas .. someone did. If you happen to be in Bucharest and are waiting for a train, you now have the chance to download an eBook to read for the train journey home, if you also happen to have forgotten to get yourself something to read before leaving home.

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Infographic: QR Codes in the UK QR CodeNot everyone like QR Codes, but I do. I use them on business cards, posters, presentations, lecture notes, etc … they’re a good way to help your audience find an online resource without lots of long URLs to write down (even shortened URLs can be hell to try and figure out AND write down quickly).

  • An estimated 12% of UK smartphone users scanned a QR Code in April 2012 … that’s 3.6 million people – let’s just hope they scanned a meaningful code that pointed to a mobile-ready resource and not some of the other massive QR Code failures!

QR Code use in the UK
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If you’re interested in QR Codes, I have prepared this QR Code Resource page for you, linking to all my posts as well interesting and informative pages I’ve found over the years.

QR Code Trend Infographic #QRCode

For those interested in QR Codes, whether it’s for marketing or generally linking paper-to-digital materials then this infographic is worth looking at. It’s just using the basic facts that have been reported in the past few weeks (e.g. 14 million US people scanned a code last year – 2011).

Click the image to view the full infographic.

I’m not surprised that nearly half of the scans were to get some form or discount, the whole point of the encouraging people to Scan the code is to somehow give them something in return.

This Calvin Klein video is a good example of giving the public something, giving them a reason to scan the code – the advert was too ‘raunchy’ for the billboard (deliberate?) so you scan the code to get the explicit video. Good marketing.

Dont’ forget the BU and HEA joint workshop on January 31st, 2012 on “Using QR Codes in Higher Education”. More information here:

Poster: Using QR Codes in Higher Education

“Using QR Codes in Higher Education” Workshop: Jan 31st, 2012 #QRCode

The Business School and Bournemouth University, in partnership with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) is pleased to announce a workshop on January 31st, 2012, on “Using QR Codes in Higher Education”, along with Dr. Milena Bobeva (@milenabobeva) of Bournemouth University and Andy Ramsden (@andyramsden) of University Campus Suffolk.

The workshop is

“… designed to take you on a journey of discovery, tailored to your own QR-experience.  It is suitable for both people who are new to the QR-concept and those who have substantial experience and would like to build a network to extend the use of QR Codes in education through collaboration in joint projects.

Funding from the HE Academy (HEA), as part of their funding call in 2011, has made it possible to offer the opportunity for knowledge transfer and development of new skills and ideas through networking with people interested in QR Codes as a new form of communication channel.

“David and Milena will be joined by other respected QR experts such as Andy Ramsden of University Campus Suffolk to discuss with you the challenges and good practice in using the codes effectively.”

Tickets are limited and are based on a first-come basis and tickets can be obtained (for free) from the Workshop website ( We will also be using Twitter and LinkedIn for networking and communications, links for these (and tickets) are below:


QR Codes in Higher Education

QR Codes @ BU

Lanyard Event: QR CodesBU

If you have any queries on the workshop then please contact our central email address of – I will however reply to any comment/question left on my blog here :)

Download the workshop poster here:

You can follow our progress website (link above) and on the dedicated page I’ve set up below: