QR Codes for Individual Targets

Today I had my first proper play with QR Codes. If you are not familiar with them, they are basically weird looking ‘barcodesque’ things that can be scanned by a QR reader on a smart phone which will then take you automatically to a website address. The simplest free reader I have found is i-nigma.

I started looking into QR codes after an inspiring teach meet presentation by Julian Wood. They have great potential in the classroom to help support learning. However, at the same teach meet Dughall McCormick told me about Stickybits, a site which blows QR codes out of the water. So why am I writing about and using QR codes and not Stickybits? Well at the time of writing, Stickybits has a 13+ age of use. The difference? QR codes allows 1 link by 1 person. Stickybits allows multiple people to contribute any multimedia to a shared barcode. For more details on both systems click here.

Now, back to the QR codes… I now teach Year 1 and am really focusing on getting them to become reflective in their learning, knowing what they did well and knowing what they need to do to develop. I have set up individual writing targets which are displayed in the front of their literacy books and on a class display. But they need more, especially as a third of the class need support in reading their targets to start with. Enter QR codes. 1 per child to be stuck in their book next to their written target. With our class Ipod Touch (not arrived yet!) the children can then scan the code and be taken to a related Audioboo recording which says their target and information explaining how to achieve it. Of course, if it was possible to use Stickybits, the children could then record a voice or video recording back (consent form allowing) or take a photo of their work showing their progress towards the target. But it isn’t. I digress…

I can only start this when we get back to school and our class Ipod Touch arrives but I just know it will enthuse and interest the children enough to engage them in their targets, help them learn them and understand how to progress towards them. I plan to give out targets and codes to parents but am still looking at the most efficient way of doing this. If it all proves successful (i.e. do the children know their target and what to do to achieve it), I plan to widen the QR codes to group reading targets and individual maths targets.

If any of the writing level 1 target QR Code are useful for anyone, you can access and download them here.

To directly access the audio recordings, they are available on my Audioboo account.

The targets are taken from the Super Stickers APP targets.

Originally published at primarypete.net on October 27, 2010.