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QR codes enhance learning at Iowa school

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The barcodes are being used to increase interactions in the lessons being taught to elementary school students.

Van Meter Elementary, an Iowa school, is using QR codes to help to make learning more interactive for its students during their technology and library times throughout the week.

By scanning the barcodes, the students are directed to specific websites relevant to the topics.

Located near Des Moines, the school is moving forward with technology that will allow its students to scan QR codes in order to be able to view book reports and printed newsletters that have been created by students and faculty. This is a trend that is becoming increasingly popular at schools throughout the country.

QR codes school libraryThrough the use of the QR codes, students can read about or discuss books available at the library.

This digital upgrade allows the fifth grade students at the Van Meter Community School to choose whether they would like to talk about a book or write about it. When they decide to write about it, the text is added to a webpage which is connected to QR codes that will be posted on hallway bulletin boards to be scanned. When they decide to talk about the book, their voices will be recorded and linked to the barcode.

This year, students in the fourth grade already used QR codes as a part of their learning experience. The students in this grade were assigned an expository writing project which used the Smore app to create a digital newsletter about the individual they had researched. One of the students created a barcode through the use of Visulead so that further information could be obtained on the topic. It brought his own newsletter and an actual newsletter and image together.

The school library is also implementing QR codes beyond those two school projects, in order to help to introduce ebooks and other digital resources to the students, using the MakinVIA platform. The kids at the school can use scavenger hunts that involve scanning the barcodes in order to interact with various elements of the books, with the intention of boosting engagement.

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