Poster Session

Monday Evaluation

Project QR Code: A New Take on Orientation

Mary Elliott, Library Media Specialist, Valley View Middle School, Edina Public Schools, Edina, Minnesota

12/12/11, 11:45 AM-12:35 PM
Poster Table 2

See how QR codes can be used in library orientation. Working in groups, students use iPod touches or iPad2s to access these codes for clues to find their way around the library. Other codes lead them to author web sites, book trailers or student-produced book reviews on Glogs or podcasts.


Links and/or Materials:


QR (“quick response”) codes are 2-dimensional bar codes that can be read by a mobile device or by a computer with a webcam and QR CODE reader software installed. The beauty of a QR code is that it’s large enough to store and provide access to a web site address or link to a Google document, a Glog or even a short YouTube video. It’s easy to produce, can be put on a book cover or stand alone as part of a display or collection highlight. Since many schools (including mine) still prohibit student cellphone use during the day, I will provide iPod Touches or iPad2s for students to use in the library to access the codes. A laptop with a webcam and QReader software can also be used for this purpose.

My poster session includes examples of QR codes I’ve created for book covers and displays. It's easy it is to create these codes and read them with an iPod Touch, iPad2, smartphone or laptop. Students, working in groups of 2-3, CAN use iPod Touches/iPad2s to access these codes for clues to find their way around the library. Other codes lead them to author websites, YouTube book trailers or student-produced book reviews on Glogster or via podcasts. As I did last year, I continue collaborate with teachers to add their students’ book reviews to our library’s collection via QR codes.

You'll find an annotated bibliography handout of online resources to support this project at the bottom of my T&T Cohort QR Codes page.

Mary Elliott Project QR Code Tech Cohort Site:

https://sites.google.com/a/apps.edina.k12.mn.us/marelliott/home/project-qr-code

Prezis:

http://screencast.com/t/HqagaSU8

Valley View Middle School Library Media Center Site:

https://sites.google.com/a/apps.edina.k12.mn.us/valley-view-media-center/

Some examples of QR Code generators and readers that I've used:

http://www.qrstuff.com/