Monday, May 16, 2011
What are QR Codes and Why Would I Use Them?
What type of information can I link to via a QR code?
You can link directly to a YouTube video clip, a website, or a piece of text that contains up to 250 characters.
How do I make a QR code?
The easiest and most common site to construct these codes seems to be kaywa. Simply copy the URL from the desired website and paste it into the URL location. From there, you generate the code, copy and paste it into your document (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Notebook etc).
How do I read a QR code?
There are many apps out there. Listed here are a few that can be downloaded from the app store (Apple): ATTReader and NeoReader. Both are free applications and work very well. Simply start the app, hold the camera up to the code to centre, and the rest is done for you as it will take you directly to the website.
What else do I need to know?
You cannot make a direct link to any video you already have collected and are storing on your computer. Instead, it must be uploaded into YouTube or onto a website. To upload video content to YouTube, you will have to set up a free account. Caution: If this is student work, please make sure your students have signed their FOIP forms. It is also strongly suggested that you make the YouTube videos Unlisted and turn off the features for comments, ratings etc. You can upload video directly from the ipod touch into a YouTube account (ie the teacher makes the account and students use this one).
Note: If using existing YouTube video clips, the comments below each clip are often inappropriate. Please be aware of this and take steps to either avoid using these clips or moving the clips into your account.
How can I make this happen with my curriculum?
Contact your technology coach (S. Merth). We will help you integrate this technology into science, social studies, history, language arts, food studies, or you name it!
Book the 4th edition ipod touches! Contact your tech coach or administrator for the schedule of when these are available.
Please contact your technology coach for assistance with any of these items.