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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:

Turnitin and GradeMark Support Materials

Attendees at workshops can often find it difficult to know what information to take away with them. I have often found that the notes I make in these situations are inadequate to help me remember content as I tend to spent my time listening and working through the set examples or scenarios as opposed to making notes.

This is why I developed a series of postcards and videos to support the recent (and ongoing) workshops for College of Social Science on aspects of online marking and feedback using Turnitin and GradeMark. Intended to be used as a take-away resource to help remind the academic or administrative staff member of the workshop topic, if not the content. The postcards have been well received and provided the spark I hoped for for further discussion and individual specific training needs.

Case study postcards

The postcards were designed for full-colour double-sided printing: helpful tool-based hints on one side and a case study on the reverse, from someone in the College who is leading the utilisation of the features of Turnitin and GradeMark. The QR Codes (and short URL) proved a useful way to link to the supporting video to be watched at the users convenience, which are enough to be watched as stand-alone resources without either the postcard or workshop attendance.

So far the feedback from colleagues and delegates are the postcards are an excellent idea, well presented, and a welcome ‘reminder’ to take away and file (desktop, pin board, bin, etc).

YouTube: Heidi Botting, Department of Politics & International Relations

YouTube: Dr Matthew Higgins, School of Management

The QR Codes on the postcards were produced using Delivr, each postcard had it’s own unique code linking to the appropriate YouTube video (above), with associated tracking and statistics (see here for more). Important is also the URL beneath the QR Code that enables anyone who doesn not scan the code (or can’t) to type the address into their browser and still view the linked material!

I’ve also developed the postcards to have an ‘Aura’ using Aurasma, but I’ll write about that later.

Update: Turnitin have just released this video “Why Instructors Love GradeMark“:

Infographic: QR Codes in the UK

Delivr.com 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
Click to view complete infographic

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 Reader and Scanner

QR Code Reader Apps #QRCode

I have tried a number of Apps to read/scan QR Codes (all bar one tested were free) and I have to say that there isn’t one that stands out above the rest, so I’ll review the ones I end up using more than others below.

QR Code Reader and Scanner (iPhone/iPad/iPod): Scan QR Codes you find on your travels, in magazines, on posters, etc with this useful and free app. Use the history feature to view/review your past scans but make sure the codes are on a flat surface and in a well lit area (and not on a glossy finished page, it’ll prove difficult to scan).

QR Code Reader and Scanner (free) : http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/qr-code-reader-and-scanner/id388175979

Scan (iPhone/iPad/iPod): Billed as the “the fastest, simplest and most user-friendly QR Code and barcode scanner available” it’s certainly the quickest to be ready to scan a code from launch, but is not always able to scan the code if you don’t hold the camera square on to the code, and in good light.

Scan (free) : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scan/id411206394?mt=8

Quickmark (iPhone/iPad/iPod): This one is not free (£0.69) but it is by far the most powerful of all the apps I use, enabling you to scan and create codes on your device (based on URLs, contact details, plain text, etc) or you can use a photo you’ve saved in your camera roll to scan after the event, if you’re in a hurry. It is also worth checking out the Quickmark website if you use other types of mobiles as they have developed the app to work on other OS too, as well as a QR Code reader desktop solution! For the price it is well worth it, in fact if it could only recognise the code quicker and start quicker then this would be the best app I’ve downloaded.

Quickmark (£0.69) : http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/quickmark-qr-code-reader/id384883554?mt=8

BeeTag (iPhone/iPad/iPod): BeeTag will scan a QR Code as well as a normal code (as do the others above) but this app also acts as a price checker on normal barcodes. There is no history feature with this app but the list of available options when you scan a code is impressive, giving you the option to view the code, view/show the URL, save or send the URL to an email or SMS recipient, or save it to a favourite list (is this the history feature?).

BeeTag Reader (free) : http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/beetagg-qr-reader/id313157282?mt=8

Unfurlr (iPhone/iPad/iPod): This is a new one to me and I’m still trying it out but so far it’s quite good. It’s quick to launch and only has one function: to scan the code. The advantage of this app though is that it traces the codes path “so you know whether or not it’s safe before visiting the underlying web site.” I’m not sure how it does this, or based on what it makes the %age analysis of trustworthiness, reliability, privacy, and child safety, but it is a good reaction to some comments about QR Code ‘honesty’ that are doing the rounds at the moment (Mashable: QR Code Security).

Unfurlr (free) : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/unfurlr/id522402427?mt=8

This is not an exhaustive list or accurate survey of the apps, or of those that are available, but just the ones I’ve downloaded, kept, and use.

If you use one not mentioned above than please leave a comment below and review it (link as well if you like) for others so they can see whether it is worth downloading, or not!

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: bs1.bmth.ac.uk/QRCodes/

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.

http://bs1.bmth.ac.uk/QRCodes

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 (http://bs1.bmth.ac.uk/QRCodes). We will also be using Twitter and LinkedIn for networking and communications, links for these (and tickets) are below:

@QRBU

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 qrcodes@bournemouth.ac.uk – 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:

The problem with QR Codes #QRCode

http://delivr.com/1b8lyIt’s not easy to find an example of the typical ‘how to use … ‘ type post that covers the positive and negatives of the subject. It’s even harder to find one that’s funny. But I have and here it is, all nicely packaged in a 3 minute YouTube video: funny, informative, technical, etc … enjoy!

It is important, as I have said before in my QR Code posts (see related posts below as well as clicking the link to my QR Code Resource page) that your QR Code is;

  • tested fully, with different apps on different platforms/phones,
  • pointing to a mobile-friendly or mobile-ready web site (not just the page, but the whole website),
  • positioned in a sensible place (the video talks about tube/underground stations and in-flight magazines – why, as the scanner will not have a reception! Or what about billboards at the side of the road, when you’re driving and shouldn’t be using your phone, or even have time to get it out and scan as you speed past),
  • checked and working and, if you change the URL it is pointing to, tested t make sure it points to the right place.
  • using a shortened URL to make the code as clear as possible, and
  • not printed as an after-thought on your poster in the bottom corner because your print designer doesn’t like them and has put it out of the way so it doesn’t block his careful design

Keep an eye on my blog here or on the Twitter hashtag #QRCodesBU to find out about an event I’m helping organise with Dr. Milena Bobeva (@milenabobeva) at Bournemouth University. Scheduled for early 2012 … ahh, you’ll read about it shortly (when we’ve got everything in place)!

PS. no kittens were harmed in the typing of this blog post (if you don’t understand what I’m talking about, watch the video!)