Firstly, a milestone announcement.  As of 9/13/21, my YouTube Channel hit 217,855 views; Edtech Elixirs is at 182,146 views.  Which means collectively, I’ve simply crossed over the 400,000 mark! Because of everybody who has ever learn a weblog entry or watched a video of mine. 

Again to the subject at hand!  I would not blame you for considering that QR codes, notably in schooling, could also be a ship that already sailed.     Nevertheless, I believe there may be nonetheless life left in them, and apparently I am not alone.  The headline of a current New York Occasions article (1/21/21) proclaims “Really, QR Codes By no means Went Away,” and as Lora Kelley factors out, the pandemic truly elevated QR Code utilization (for instance, it is extremely possible that at the least one restaurant you frequent asks you to scan the QR Code to view its menu).  Kelley finishes the article speaking to some educators, together with a trainer who (nonetheless!) distributes the varsity newspaper through QR Code.

I’ve all the time been a fan of QR Codes.  (You’ll be able to see some Edtech Elixirs entries highlighting them through the years.) With a snap of a cellphone digicam, you may simply get to a URL (the most typical utilization), add a contact to your cellphone, or just learn textual content “hidden” contained in the code.  Whereas essentially the most fundamental studying administration system can do a lot of the identical, there’s one thing to be mentioned for the kinesthetic nature of getting college students transfer round a room snapping QR Codes, or the “self-service” perform of going to a poster or desk signal and getting your digital palms on a well-liked handout with out having to seek for it in a LMS.  And the identical causes {that a} restaurant might have you ever snap a QR Code together with your cellphone as a substitute of providing you with a menu might serve you nicely in a classroom too: it rapidly will get you to what you want, it saves you paper, and is extra hygienic. 

After all, Chromebooks are the ever present gadget in lots of school rooms, not cell phones.  There have been Chrome extensions for years that might mean you can use a Chromebook to learn a QR Code, and even web sites like The QR Code Generator that offer you that performance with out putting in something.  (You may also make QR Codes from the identical web site.)  Now, a current improve within the ChromeOS has made it even simpler.  The QR Code reader is constructed into the Digicam app, in a tiny button within the higher proper of the interface.

Clicking this button creates a goal field so that you can intention on the QR Code, and the Chromebook takes you from there.  This function needs to be out there in your Chromebook when you’ve got ChromeOS model 89 or larger.  Give it a attempt!

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