They’re popping up all over the place–in my magazines, on store fronts, on business cards. And I’ve been thinking about how we too might harness the power of QR codes to disseminate information, enhance resources, and promote activities in the library and around the school.
I have lots of plans–I am thinking of embedding codes in books–to lead to book trailers, blogs, and author sites–and all over the walls of our school and physical library. But when my friend and Chronicle sponsor, Ken Rodoff came by this week excited about his new ideas for the print component of our school newspaper, something clicked.
Why not use QR codes on the print version of The Chronicle to lead readers back to the online version? Why not enrich that print paper with media very simply accessed by a little QR code box?
For instance, the codes could lead readers to thrilling footage of Spartan football or relevant websites for further information. Each Chronicle issue features student-on-the-street interviews. We can now celebrate and share video versions of these student stories, even more of them. (Our reporters believe that video will be easier.) It’s not just a student-run newspaper, we want it to be filled with content related to student success, achievement, and interests.
Dan, our resident entertainment critic, plans to use QR codes to link his reviews to media trailers and to his own video Flip camera on-the-spot reviews after he leaves the theater.
The process is simple. We are using bit.ly, the link shortener’s, QR code feature. Just add “.qr” to your shortened URL, and you will be taken to a page with a QR code for that URL.
When you scan that little boxy image with a QR code or tag reader, you are taken to the link that was originally shortened.
Other QR code makers:
Among the many QR code readers available for your mobile device:
- QRC Reader
- Kawya Reader
If you are new to QR code reading, practice on these!