Wednesday, May 27, 2009

One more Aussie doing amazing things: QR codes for teaching PE. And consider the margins in K -12 textbooks.

Here's the point:
So how successful was the activity? Well, the lack of motivation usually shown during revision activities was non-existent and the level of understanding the kids demonstrated was also excellent.
"lack of motivation . . .non-existant" + "level of understanding . . .was excellent" = higher margins than selling boxes to Purchasing Agents or MPS to managers who don't want to buy anything. K - 12 textbooks can not deliver "lack of motivation nonexistant" or "level of understanding was excellent."

It's not anyone's fault. It's not blablabla lack of vision blablabla greedy blablabla End of Print blablabla. It's just one more broken publishing business model ready to fall from the tree.

K -12 Textbooks, meanwhile, have enough top line revenue for nice margins for OEMs, OPM/PSP's and MPS. Plus clicks galore! Plus the budget for them already exists and the blablabla is that they are a must have. But Associated Press was a "must have" for newspapers, back in the old days.

Using Geocached QR Codes for Revision in a PE Classroom
@Mr Robbo – The P.E Geek:
"Today I completed an alternative revision session with my senior VCE Physical Education students prior to a major assessment piece next week. In the past I have completed the standard revision activity with my students that requires them to answer questions on a page. However this time I went around the school with a handheld GPS and marked 12 random locations. I then got 12 of the key questions the students are required to understand and entered them one by one into a QR code generator. Once this was completed I placed them at the 12 different GPS locations. Now with this completed I was finally setup for the activity.

The students were then given a blank answer sheet and the GPS location of the first QR code. Once they managed to find the code they used their mobile phones to scan and reveal the question which then needed to be answered correctly in order for me to share the next GPS location. This process repeated until they reached the last QR code which included some further information about the assessment piece. The students were also encouraged to utilise their MP3 players to listen to their audio workbook and podcasts of key content if they were unsure of an answer."
And this one from another post at the same blog.
So how do I see this being used in a classroom? Well with a site like or Winksite you can generate your own QR codes in a matter of seconds. The site allows you to generate a code that can contain a URL, Text, Phone Numbers and RSS feed or an SMS and then allows you to save it as a JPEG image or embed it on a website. My mind is racing with ideas for such a groovy easy to use application of technology that most of our students already have their hands on.

So here are a few ideas about how I might use the power of QR codes in my classes . . . . more?


  1. To make your mind race a bit faster think about applying demographically encoded 1-1 QR codes to transaction documents which would launch recipients to personalized URLs specific to their needs and interests. This blog entry provides a brief explanation of the 3 levels of QR codes


  2. thanks for the point. I'll be sure to take a this point my poor little brain is getting winded. But back into the breach !