I’ve been seeing many QR codes so I have been using a code reader to discover the message. Usually a link to a site comes up. It’s sort of like a letter with only one short sentence or a very short tweet. It’s a “just the facts” type of thinking. I often feel that I wasted my time in reading the QR code.
In education, we strive for richness in learning such as problem based learning (PBL). We want students to explore and think deeply. I think that a QR code with one short link often lacks depth. For example, I was in a museum that used QR codes. The link went to a short bio on the artist. There were no links off of the bio. Yes, I wanted to learn about the artist’s life but I also wanted to know more about the style of painting and what other artists painted in that style, and I wanted to know more about the subject of the paintings such as where where the painting was painted and what the subjects represented.
I am waiting to see a QR code with a built in probing question/ essential question and some links to explore in search of the big answer.
Do your QR codes have just one short dimension or do they present multi-dimensional robust learning?
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