Friday, November 12, 2010
QR Codes for the Library
Tuesday, I showed some of our staff members a QR Code and I posted a couple around the building. The media specialists, Diane and Michael, showed me a poster in the library that had a QR Code printed on it. "Why would they use a code and not print the text?", was the question. I demonstrated how, with my iPhone, I could go directly to the website associated with the poster. No typing, no mistakes. I piqued their interest. How could we use this?
Today, two days later, I went to school to find out the media specialists had printed a QR Code with a link to the school's library website. They were so impressed with themselves. I had shared with them the QR Code post of Jeff Utecht, that contained information on how to print QR Codes as well as how to read them. They utilized the websites and printed their specific code. I am thoroughly impressed. I believe they are going to print bookmarks for the students to take home with the code printed for their use. I also believe they will add the code to other print material that goes home with students. This will make accessing the website a little easier.
I also received a lot of feedback from one of our secretaries. She had seen these symbols in magazine adds. She brought me the Target ad from that week, that contained a lot of these same symbols. Those codes were sending shoppers to Target online to purchase the product that was associated with the code. Once we start to figure out how we can utilize these symbols - it may make access to material more efficient and accurate. It is amazing how much can be figured out just by "putting something out there". No explanation needed.
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Since Franki's post, I have been putting QR codes on my handouts for teacher workshops, leading directly to my blog. In that week's time, my family has found the codes on bottles of soap, telephone books, and a friend told us about seeing one in the corner of a TV screen. I am fascinated by how few people have noticed these codes before (I hadn't!) but how once you see them...they're everywhere. My next goal is to make some sort of QR code poetry treasure hunt! A.ReplyDelete