With the transition to online education our digital skills as teachers and educators come under the spotlight? Do we really have the skills required for an effective remote teaching? What about resources? Do we have access to the appropriate resources to make this transition an optimal learning experience for our students?Since the outbreak of the pandemic and in response to the huge number of emails we get on a daily basis from teachers from all around the world, we created a special section here in EdTech and mLearning where we started building a compilation of diverse resources to help you in your online education. Today’s post is another step in this direction.In this post, we revisit the topic of QR Codes and we want to specially draw your attention to this resource we shared in the past. These are some suggestions to help you integrate the power of QR Code technology in your online teaching. We have modified these practices to align with the requirement of online teaching. We ended up with 9 suggestions. Check them out.
1- Create interactive and engaging contentYou can enrich the content you teach online by adding QR Codes that link to further readings and resources around related topics. For instance, you can link to a PDF, a document, a video tutorial, a website, an audio file…2- Share resourcesStudents can use QR Codes to share educational resources with each other (e.g. class notes, web content, how-to videos, etc).3- Help with homeworkTeachers can provide detailed instructions and how-to tips in the form of a QR Code which students can use to help them with their homework.4- Use in educational activitiesInstead of handing out dozens of handouts with instructions on how to work on a certain activity, you can generate QR Codes with all the required information and share them in your online class.5- Communicate with parentsShare with parents QR Codes with information about class/school events and activities, students’ learning…etc.6- Use with books and reading materialsYou can integrate QR Codes in the digital reading materials you share with students. Upon scanning these codes students will be able to access more information and resources on the related materials.7- Provide easy access to online contentSharing long URLs with students is not always the best option and most often some students (some of them) will end up with broken URLs. To avoid this problem, create QR codes with URLs you want students to check out and share these codes with them8- Gather students feedbackYou can create polls, surveys and forms using tools like Google Forms and share them with students as QR Codes that students can easily scan and access.9- Research projectGet students to create QR Codes linking to the resources and web content they drew on in their research.