09/07/2011 01:03 pm ET Updated Nov 07, 2011

QR Codes in Education

In July, I had the great pleasure of being one of the judges for the Microsoft Partners In Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Educators Forum. Judging the projects was a true challenge since they were all of such high quality. It was such an honor to be among so many enthusiastic educators and to see them be recognized for their efforts, which many will agree does not happen often enough. One of the projects that really stuck with me, that can easily be replicated in any classroom is the project from Melanie Wiscount (@mwiscount on Twitter), who won the Educator's Choice award. Her project involved using QR codes:

Students create a video podcast about an attraction, business, or organization of their choice within a 15-mile radius of their school. They research the history of their choice, plan the podcast (including media, prose and narration) develop a storyboard in Microsoft Word and then create their podcast using Microsoft Movie Maker. The students then put on their marketing hats and generate a QR code (or "tag") for the "customers" of their chosen establishment, so people are able to access their video podcast on-demand for their PC or mobile device, while also including the podcasts in their class wiki.

To view one of Melanie's student"s projects, download a QR reader for your smartphone and scan this code:

History Of The Hershey Factory
You can make your own QR code with Google! Go to and enter the URL where you want your QR code to go. Click SHORTEN, then DETAILS and there you go! You can even track using Google's analytics. Try mine! 
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If this is too geeky or you're wondering what's the big deal with QR codes, I recommend you watch this new video from Common Craft on QR codes:

What are some innovative ways you've seen QR codes used in education?