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Linking spaces to information

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I’ve accessed my blog via my phone’s camera using this QR code. And while this sounds impossibly complicated, I’ve just learned how this works in the last half an hour.

Instructions
QR codes combine simple creation with easy access to QR code readers. Create the code using a QR-Code Generator and then point your mobile phone code reader (you will probably need to download an appropriate one) and voila – with a cashier like scan the QR reader will beep and a message should appear that points you to the encoded destination. Much like any other scanner, a QR reader recognizes the QR image, and responds appropriately.

Significance?
There’s a buzz about Augmented Reality applications on Android and iPhones. But for those of us with dinosaurs, we can also participate (to a limited degree) in this spaces to information hype. Apart from better echos, I’d like to see QR codes being used alongside a sign in a museum, garden or gallery to give more information about the item. A QR code could be included by a teacher at the end of a presentation, set of notes or round the classroom, that would lead into a class activity.

QR codes “support experiential learning, bringing scholarship out of the classroom and into physical experience” ( things you should know about QR Codes ). While the Desktop brought multi media into the classroom, mobile phones (and other smart devices) are taking the classroom into the world and reconfiguring the way that we can incorporate media into our teaching. Start looking for QR codes on shoe adverts, scooter posters , buildings, out in the wild or even on your bookshelf.

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