QR Code: Combining national tradition and modern technology

Welcome to Veliki Borak, a place nearby Belgrade, where pupils of a local primary school „Knez Sima Markovic“ enhance their digital skills every day thanks to creative teachers and where learning is fun thanks to modern technology.

This year during the ALL DIGITAL Week the third grade pupils were introduced to QR codes and how they can support and facilitate knowledge acquisition.

QR technology provides a wealth of benefits for the techno-friendly teacher and students. Most pupils own mobile phones that can read QR codes in seconds.

Within the class where tradition and modern technology met via QR codes, the pupils learned about a typical farm household in central Serbia.

A 3D model of the farm was created with different facilities for humans and cattle. In order to discover the inhabitants of the farm and what they do, the pupils took a tour holding mobile phones and tablets. For this occasion especially and to make the class even more interesting, the pupils who acted as tour guides were wearing traditional clothes.

The main help and information source during the tour were QR codes.  All facilities on the farm had a QR code stickers.

Prior to starting a tour, the students downloaded the app and the scan of QR codes began. Coded messages helped the pupils become more familiar with the functioning of a farm household.

Pupils were rather excited at the prospect of opening Ali Baba’s cave of information at the click of a button!    

A video was created showing the glimpse of the class.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=191&v=5KCgnzt31ac

There are many other ways one can use QR codes in school. They enhance students’ learning experience. The teacher Biljana Popovic, who designed this lesson listed three main reasons why QR codes are brilliant in education:

  1. QR codes can hold over 4000 characters of information. Instead of printing out a long web article to the pupils students, QR codes could give them direct and instantaneous access to the same resource in class or at home. You save time and you save a tree simultaneously!
  2. They are very easy to generate. To create a QR code, you only need to copy and paste the address of a web page into your QR generating software. Once you have produced your code, you can then transfer it to your teaching resource, or simply leave it on the interactive whiteboard for students to scan in class.

  3. QR codes can be printed on virtually anything: paper, textile, walls.

Teachers want, above all, simplicity and efficiency. This is why QR codes are becoming a popular tool in modern education.  They combine speed, ease and novelty with the capacity to hold a large amount of data. They can do a lot to enrich the lessons, and this is why more and more teachers in Serbia use QR codes and embrace the new ‘scan-do’ attitude.

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