Immersive learning is increasingly popular in the modern classroom. What if there was a way to instantly direct students to classroom materials, have them take paperless quizzes, or offer fun, educational scavenger hunts With Flowcode, all that and more is possible. Here are five reasons why educators should use QR codes in their classrooms.
1. They’re free and easy to use
You might think that technology as amazing as Flowcode would be expensive, but it’s actually free! You can log on to flowcode.com and get started with a few codes, which you can customize whenever you’d like. All codes can be scanned an unlimited number of times and will last forever.
2. Allow students to make new connections
One reigning feature of Flowcode is our ability to guide people’s digital journeys. Students are not only inundated with information, but they’re also quite digitally savvy — which sometimes leads to them choosing their own adventure rather than sticking to approved online resources. By providing a Flowcode, you drive them toward a single destination, and that, in turn, can help students reach common ground and enhance their learning.
For example, video essays are becoming more common now that it’s easy and affordable to make videos. Some digital classrooms are creating depositories of student videos for others to see. What if you could expand the reach of these depositories? For example, if the video assignments all revolve around a book, a Flowcode linking to the depository could be attached to the school library’s copy of a book.
3. Bridge the gap between print and digital
If you do use paper, Flowcode can easily send students to digital destinations from printed material. For example, when you hand back a paper assignment, you could include a Flowcode that leads to a brief video of you giving feedback. It might be quicker for you to make a 30-second video rather than writing out detailed comments on each assignment.
You can also include Flowcode on your classroom posters to enhance the content. Do you have informational posters on your walls? Simply tack on a Flowcode that leads to an educational video on the topic. Or, include a Flowcode to create a feedback portal in which students can share their thoughts on the lecture material — which is great for shy students or those with speaking disabilities. You can even create an anonymous form to report bullying or harassment, then use a Flowcode to link to it from your posted classroom rules.
4. Minimize the use of paper
Classrooms are often filled with paper: homework, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, and so on. As classrooms become increasingly digital, the need for paper has declined — but sometimes, you just need to hand out paper, such as when you’re distributing quizzes or worksheets.
What if you could do all that without paper? Try this: display a Flowcode in your PowerPoint presentation, and students can instantly scan it to access the quiz or worksheet, which you can host on a digital platform such as Google Suite. Reducing your use of paper is not only better for the environment, but it also can help lighten the load on your school’s limited budget.
5. Send students to any digital destination
Flowcode is remarkably flexible. Download and copy your Flowcode into your digital lecture slides, print it on handouts, or simply post it on the wall. Some popular use cases include:
- Have students view instructions or helpful videos as they work on an assignment.
- Allow them to access a digital survey or quiz on their mobile devices.
- Collect votes or responses from students for a question or poll during your lecture.
- Highlight student achievements by posting a Flowcode on the wall that leads to a student portfolio or profile. Change the destination every week.
- If students need to log in to their portals or access restricted online sources (e.g. the university library), you can post a Flowcode prominently around your classroom and on school materials to make it convenient for students to get to them.
Flowcode is so easy to scan that they can help overworked students easily access the resources they need to succeed.