My obsession with QR codes is well documented. My brain churns continuously as it attempts to figure out how to best integrate them into the workings of my classroom. And not just as fluff. I want to try to figure out how to use them in meaningful ways.

I heard about JumpScan (not sure from where, but if you’ve blogged about it before, thank you!) a few weeks ago. JumpScan allows you to create a custom QR code. Embedded into this code is all the pertinent info about yourself that you want to provide: name, phone number, social media feeds, websites, biography, and more. When you scan a JumpScan code, you “jump” to a page that provides this info. JumpScan essentially allows you to create a digital business card that eliminates the need for typing in numbers or email addresses in order to save them. As they say themselves, “Point. Click. Connect.”

A few educational uses come to mind, but I’m sure there are others. How about  a 21st century icebreaker during the first week of school during which kids scan each other’s Jumpscan codes to learn more about their new classmates? Older students might need their own business cards during college interviews, projects or internships and this would be an impressive option. Or you could even pack a Jumpscan code with links to students’ projects, providing easy access to their electronic portfolios.

And remember, as we discovered in our own classrooms, if you don’t have handhelds, you can still scan codes with any computer that has a webcam using QReader, a very nifty app. So whether it’s with Jumpscan or other web apps, how are you planning on using the ever-more ubiquitous QR Code in your classroom?

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