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QR Codes in my class

There has been quite a big chat since Julian Wood’s presentation about QR Codes being used in schools. I knew that Tim Rylands and Dughall had been big fans of Sticky Bits and QR Codes (See Dughall’s post)

Today I got to the task of introducing the pupils to QR Codes and like anything after 5 minutes, they knew exactly what to do. We talked about what we could do and amongst other things we discussed how great it would be to link what was in their books to what was on their blog!

I sent a few pupils away to create a QR Code for certain blog posts and within 10 minutes, they came back to me with this stuck in their books:

and this:

Just imagine…

A Non-Chronological report in their books which they had types up onto their blog, received 20+ comments from around the world. This QR Code links to the comments online – A Literacy book suddenly becomes an interactive book of weaved magic!

Imagine completing instructions in Literacy by planning and writing a screen capture movie of how to create a blog post, add a comment or create a wallwisher, just scan the qr code and watch the video with the plan in front of you! Imagine the true picture you would be able to paint to a visiting inspector about the diet of learning being consumed by your pupils!

The possibilities are endless! In just 30 minutes, pupils had created multiple qr codes and had stuck them in their Literacy books next to the corresponding work.

The discussions about QR Codes that I have had over the past few days with people on Twitter and at #TMX have CHANGED the way learning will be displayed in my class for a LONG time!

October 21, 2010


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  1. Julian Wood
    October 22, 2010 at 12:03 am #

    Absolutely fantastic-your pupils have produced some brilliant innovation.

    Really pleased that you have given it a go.

    Now have you enough ‘qr readers’ to cope with demand!

  2. David McNorton
    October 22, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    This is really exciting stuff Dave. I’ve been aware of and to some extent used QR codes for a while but never really considered using them in the classroom. Really got me thinking!

    David McNorton

  3. Kevin McLaughlin
    October 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    A great post David. Since hearing about QR codes a few months back I put my thoughts and ideas for them in the back of my mind. Until attending #tmx they would have remained there so thanks to you, Julian Wood and Dughall I am now contemplating using them in my classroom. Your use is simply too good not to use! QR codes and Stickybits are definitely here to stay.

  4. @mrlockyer
    November 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    I’m fascinated by all the highlighting action going on! What’s it all about? Who puts it on? How did it come about?

    • Mr Mitchell
      November 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

      Hi, thanks for commenting!

      The pupils highlight all their writing. We use the VCOP approach to help pupils to improve their writing.
      V- Vocabulary that they are really proud of.
      C- Connectives that the pupils are showing off.
      O- Openers the pupils are experimenting with to vary how sentences open.
      P- Punctuation that they are using.

      The pupils highlight these and then they can see that if there is very little green, they have not really tried hard to look at sentence structure etc. Pupils are then able to create their own targets for themselves or even each other.

      We don’t overkill VCOP but it really helps give a focus for the pupils and gets them thinking about improving!

      Hope that helps!?

  5. @mrlockyer
    November 19, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    Thanks David! It’s a great idea which clearly gives a focus to those specific areas. I take it the children do the highlighting?

    Im just a big a fan of low-tech innovation as high-tech šŸ˜‰ Clearly you are too!


  6. Jessy
    March 27, 2011 at 4:47 am #

    Great work. Thanks for educating the kids of the latest innovations to help in learning. Just came across a site that offers free analytics for QR codes. Check out

  7. Laura Parker
    June 11, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    You can receive cards from others by scanning their QR Code. Last but not least, whenever you update your QR Card information, all your contacts that already received your QR business card will be able to see and access the new information automatically. More info at


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