Job Aid for QR Codes in the Classroom

QR Codes in the Classroom

 

Introduction

Many teachers would like to incorporate more technology into the classroom but are deterred due to many factors:  they do not feel comfortable with the technology themselves, they do not have time to fully develop good lessons involving technology, they are hesitant to rely on technology for their lesson in case something goes wrong with the technology (rendering their lesson useless), or they simply do not know what sort of technology is available and how to use it in their classroom.  QR codes are a relatively simple, versatile way to incorporate some technology into a class.  In this three hour, face to face interactive professional development workshop, participants will become familiar with QR codes and their many uses, and will develop a ready-to-go lesson that they will commit to using in the following school year.


Starting the Workshop

In preparation for the class, a few things will need to be done well in advance.

Three Weeks Before
Double check that the PowerPoint is edited the way you want it.  Make sure the room you are scheduled to be in has access to the necessary technology, and that you will have the technology you need reserved in your name for that day.  Specifically, you will want to have a laptop cart, iPad cart, document camera, a laptop for your personal use, a wireless mouse, and extra outlets/extension cords for the day of the workshop.  If you do not personally own a Smartphone, try to arrange to borrow one for the purpose of this workshop.

One Week Before

In the week before your workshop, make sure that the QR codes work, that the links you have linked from your PowerPoint still work, and make any copies you will need for the workshop. 

Day of Workshop, before it begins:

Technology
Be sure that the internet is up and running, and that you are able to connect to your device(s).  Have your projector ready to go, connected with your laptop which should be displaying the corresponding QR Codes in the Classroom PowerPoint.  You may also want to have your QR code websites loaded so that you can easily switch to them without wasting any time.

Classroom Materials
Make sure you also have classroom materials, such as the practice QR codes for scanning, copied and ready to go.  You could even place them on the participants’ desk or table to save time.

Checklists and Surveys
Also make sure that you have your checklists that you will use to assess the success of your participants ready to go.  You should also have plenty of copies of the post-workshop evaluation printed.


Timeline

The session should take approximately three hours.  A timeline of how the session should go is as follows (demonstrated in minutes/hours):

0:00-5:00               Introductions – Tell learners about yourself and your experience in education and technology.  Have learners introduce themselves also.  (Slide 1 of ppt)

5:00-15:00             Introduction to QR codes – Explain the definition of a QR code and examples of their uses.  (Slide 2-7 of ppt)

15:00-30:00           Discuss various QR code scanner applications, then assist learners in gaining access to the store for their device, downloading a scanner app, and using that app.  (Slide 8 and 9 of ppt)

30:00-50:00           Discuss the types of QR codes (URL, Phone Number, Text, SMS, Business Contact), and have them scan different QR codes to see how each type works on their device.  Go to the website www.qrcode.kaywa.com to demonstrate and practice.

50:00-1:10:00        Introduce different websites that can be used to create QR codes, and demonstrate how to create QR codes and use them in word documents.  (You will use the same website from the previous step, but also use slide 10-13 of ppt)

1:10:00-1:30:00     Demonstrate how to copy and paste a QR code into a word document (right click on the QR code image, click “copy image,” open a new word document, then right click and press “paste”).  Learners will practice by creating a URL QR code, a text QR code, and a Business Contact QR code, and then successfully place each code with a label on a word document. 

1:30:00-1:50:00     Discuss more ways people have used QR codes in the classroom – instructor will show examples, and learners will brainstorm and list general ways they could use QR codes in their own lessons, and then they will generate a short list of specific lessons that QR codes can be incorporated into.  (Slide 15)

1:50:00-2:00:00     Short Break

2:00:00-2:10:00     Instructor will tell learners the instructions for the last piece of the session – that they will create a ready-to-implement lesson (or part of a lesson, like an opener or closure) to be used in the following school year.  They will have about 35 minutes to create the lesson (ideally modifying an existing lesson to include QR codes, but they can create one from scratch if they prefer).  They can work with like-subject and/or like-grade level teachers or individually.  The instructor will be walking around to help and answer questions. (Slide 16 of ppt)

2:10:00-2:45:00     Learners will work on their lessons

2:45:00-2:55:00     Learners will present their lessons and discuss the benefits and drawbacks to incorporating technology like QR codes into their lessons.

2:55:00-3:00:00     Learners will complete an end-of-session survey covering how they think the training went, how helpful it was, how much they think they learned, and whether they would recommend it to another teacher.

Appendix A:  Checklist assessment

Checklist Assessment:

  • Learner can discuss what a QR code is.
  • Learner can discuss ways that QR codes can be used.
  • Learner can select, download and use their own scanner application.
  • Learner can determine which type of QR code would best suit individual scenario purposes.
  • Learner can create their own QR code.
  • Learner can adapt QR classroom example lessons to fit their subject or grade level.
  • Learner can develop their own QR classroom lesson.
  • Learner can assess the benefits and drawbacks of integrating technology (like QR codes) into the classroom.

Appendix B:  End of Workshop Evaluation

QR Codes in the Classroom: Evaluation

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

This workshop was well organized.

5

4

3

2

1

The presenter was knowledgeable about the material.

5

4

3

2

1

I understand what a QR code is.

5

4

3

2

1

I understand how to create a QR code.

5

4

3

2

1

I understand how to find and download apps that will let me scan QR codes.

5

4

3

2

1

I understand how to scan and use QR codes.

5

4

3

2

1

I understand the different types of QR codes and when to use them.

5

4

3

2

1

I am familiar with different ways I can use QR codes in the classroom.

5

4

3

2

1

I feel confident about incorporating QR codes into my curriculum next school year.

5

4

3

2

1

Overall, this workshop was very useful to me.

5

4

3

2

1

 

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