QR Codes work like barcodes that webcams and mobile phone cameras recognise. They read the code and take the user to a website within a few clicks.
QuickMark is a software that I have used with webcams. When QuickMark recognises a QR Code, it displays the URL and users double click the link to open the website.
At my school, children in Key Stage 2 have been successfully accessing the internet using QR Codes. Instead of taking the device to the QR Code, Tom Barrett reversed this and let children take the QR Code to the device that read them; in his case a NetBook or laptop.
Planning QR Codes:
Following the success seen in Year 5/6, I sampled some QR Codes in Reception using a similar technique to Tom Barrett. Using his advice, I printed a 3×3 grid of each code onto A4 paper, as this would increase the chance of the reader recognising the QR Code. Each A4 page also contained an image or logo of the website that the code would take the child to. This enabled children to choose the website or game. Along with this, I colour coded the QR Codes by area of learning – CLL in blue, PSRN in red, KUW in yellow etc. Each A4 page was laminated.
www.qrstuff.com – 4 easy steps to create your QR Code. Allows colour coding, downloaded the QR code and copied into Microsoft Word 9 times (to create the 3×3 grid)
Using QR Codes have formed part of a sequence of skills I have observed that have progressed Foundation Stage children’s ability to use touchpads and computer mice.