Quick Response codes, or QR codes, have been around for quite a long time. They were invented by Denso Wave in 1994 as a means to track components within the vehicle manufacturing process. Since their invention, they have been used for various purposes from using QR codes in the classroom to using QR codes as a method of sharing information. These codes are now used by mobile users all over the world to scan and obtain information about products or to gain information about services or products offered. If you are new to QR codes and would like to learn more about them, this QR Codes course will get you caught up in no time. The course contains over ninety lectures that will teach you what QR codes are, how they originated, and how their use is evolving. It offers lessons on how to use QR codes for different purposes and uses, and it also teaches students about the different systems used for creating new QR codes.
How to Use QR Codes for Education
QR codes are a great way to interact with your clients, students or visitors. They provide a really compact way of sharing information or educating your customers or visitors. Think of a modern zoo. Technology to provide interactive lessons on the various animals and exhibits can be very costly and there is a great chance that screens or video provided at most of these locations may be damaged by weather making this type of technology unsuitable for educating the visitors at the zoo.
Creating interactive applications or videos that relate to the exhibits with links via a small QR code posted at each of the exhibits is a great way of presenting information to the customer or visitor on demand. Some art galleries are using QR codes for similar purposes with great effect. They have content relating to the various pieces on display linked via QR codes so that gallery visitors can access the information on demand.
Some schools have also decided to use QR codes to allow people to access concert programs or programs for sporting events, thus saving the school valuable funds by avoiding the printing costs of these items.
One of the advantages of using QR codes for these types of situations and applications is that the cost of creating of content is minimal, and the cost of sharing that information is negligible, since content can be hosted on free sites like YouTube or Facebook.
If you are a teacher, and would like to learn how to use QR codes in your classroom, try enrolling in the Using QR Codes in the Classroom course today. This course offers over thirty lectures that will teach educators how to use QR codes to differentiate and energize their lessons. The material is suitable for teachers in K-12 classrooms as well. The course will teach you how to create your own QR codes for your lessons and how to use the codes in your lessons.
Here are the steps involved in creating your own QR codes:
1. Select the best QR generator for your purposes
2. Create the information you want to share
Select Your QR Generator
There are a number of sites online, and in the form of desktop applications, that will help you to create and publish your own QR codes. The trick to selecting the right site for you is to ensure that the site or application you choose offers you the services you need for your QR code. As a teacher creating a QR code, you may not need to track QR code usage or customers, but if you are using QR codes for your business for marketing purposes, analytics and tracking will be of utmost importance. So it is therefore important to check that the site you are using for the generation of your QR codes offers the services you need. Another aspect to consider when choosing the application is the readers supported by or included by the application. If you are using the QR code in a static setting like a classroom, then students can be asked to download the applicable reader, but for general use or use with customers, it is important to make sure that the QR codes can be read by most of the common readers.
You should also consider what the QR code would look like once generated. If your brochures are high quality, glossy type publications that target a tech savvy audience, then you may want to consider applications that allow you to create colored QR codes for example.
If you are interested in learning how to create your own QR codes and how to create color QR codes, then sign up for the Learn to create custom QR codes with color and images course. This course is designed to introduce you to the concept of QR codes. It will show you what a QR code is and how you can use them. You will learn how to read QR codes using your mobile and you will also learn to create both simple black and white QR codes as well as how to create advanced stylized custom QR codes that include color and images.
Create Your Message
Once you have selected your application, then it is time to create your message or content. It is important to remember to create the content with your ultimate user in mind. QR codes are a form of advertising or information sharing and the same copywriting and advertising rules apply to these codes as would apply to adverts or any other type of printed media.
Once the message has been created, then you should always test your QR code. Try using different phones and different readers to ensure the code is working correctly.
Finally, if you are using QR codes for commercial purposes, then don’t forget to test and implement your tracking methods.
If you are looking for creative ways of using QR codes in your organization or company, check out the Profiting From QR Codes – With A Twist course. This course will teach you how to design your own QR campaign. How to avoid mistakes that cripple a QR campaign. How to engage customers and how to create landing pages for your QR codes. It also includes lessons on how to use QR codes for list building purposes.