1. Link to a class blog: I always keep a blog of the work we’re doing in each of my classes. This is so that once students are at home they can use the blog to check up on what we’ve done in class, to find instructions for their homework, sets of notes, worksheets or mark schemes for the same. I usually write the URL on the board and they copy this into their exercise books. More than once the URL has been copied down incorrectly, resulting in much online searching to find the correct blog. In future, I plan to give my classes a QR code of the blog URL to paste into the inside front cover of their exercise books.

2. Homework: Many teachers have referenced the potential of QR codes in place of students writing up the day’s homework. There is certainly more than one way to achieve this; project the QR code onto the IWB and students could scan it as they leave the classroom at the end of the lesson, place the printed version of the QR Code near the door and on exiting, students can scan the code in a similar fashion – or, one could print off the QR Code and hand these out for students to paste into their homework planners, or exercise books.

3. Videos: As I collect many of the videos I use in teaching on Vodpod, I have added QR codes which contain a link to the video, which in turn relates specifically to the section of class notes I hand out.

4. Voicethread (or any other Web 2.0 tool):

When the students complete a Voicethread exercise, I create an A5 sheet for students to paste into their exercise books. This shows the image used in the exercise, the questions asked and enough space for an assessment mark and/or my comment. It would be even more useful if they could see the assessment alongside their contribution to the Voicethread and not have to go off to a computer to match the two up.

5. Homework Review: I’ve also chosen to place a QR code with an embedded URL into students' exercise books. This links to a mark scheme as a homework review for completed homework. These have been added next to the work in the students’ books. For this I chose an Avery label template in Microsoft Word and copied the QR code, together with a short reference heading, onto the A4 Avery label page. (Very quick and easy to do.) I printed these off and pasted them into the students’ books. Added to this could be a QR Code which links to several good pieces of work for students to reference. (We’ve been using my ebook lately to show off a few excellent pieces of work.)

The following are further ideas for ways in which a QR code can be used in a History classroom:

6. School trip detail reminder.
7. Mini project outline.
8.School trip on Flickr.
9.End of year exam details.
10. Scheme of Work

Cynics may wonder why one cannot simply paste various details into a student diary/planner or exercise book. Well, the big plus about QR Codes is that the hand held device is usually always carried around by a student (and not necessarily the book) and any content is always available in an instant in the “history” of the QR Code Reader.

Videos of Periodic Elements Chart

QR Chart of Periodic Elements

QR with Math class