Copying down? Just use QR
Several months ago I got an email from Marco in Japan about a mobile phone technology called 'QR', and the email went into the 'to be blogged later' file. What a mistake, although we still haven't heard about it West of Osaka. Well, I haven't at least.
QR, or Quick Response codes, are small square barcodes that can increasingly be read by mobile phones in Japan equipped with a camera phone and QR reading application. They can be found in magazines and, as Marco's students' examples show, on blogs to give URLs and detailed information in one click so that it can be viewed later, on the phone, at that person's leisure. It's also seen on more and more business cards. Instead of handing over the card you merely show the card to your new friend's mobile phone camera, snap it and all the info is entered into their address book for future use.
It's got me thinking. This could be used to transmit whole sets of resources for homework tasks, by displaying this on the projector at the end of the lesson and getting students to snap it. When they get home, they gain access to that particular tranche of the del.icio.us page, for example, where all their resources lie.
So, does anyone else know about uses for this existing in current education contexts?
Just in case you do have QR and want to leave my blog to find out, then you can find me again on your mobile by QR-ing my barcode:
Update: Thanks to Doug Belshaw blogging me, I've found Kaywa Reader, which will soon be available for my phone. Lots of other models will be in the 1.2 version of their software, so maybe we can start QR-ing sooner than we thought.