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Proper And Improper Ways To Implement A QR Code


Amidst news about Jenga introducing Jenga games that teaches fractions, it is always exciting to see how people are just hopping onto the QR Code bandwagon in brand new ways that are not just creative and entertaining but also educational. There is really more than meets the eye for QR Codes and all we need to do, sometimes, is just to step past the critics and skeptics who refuse to see possibilities.

Some time back, I wrote about how teachers are using QR Codes in classrooms and then a little bit later, about another teacher using QR Codes to teach his students about all the major bones in a human body – both of which caused some excitement in the education industry. With the Jenga set of blocks, the students pick a block which already has the question on it, solve the fraction question, scan the code for the answer and then tell the answer to the class. Easy and simple enough for small kids, I guess.

It is a well-known fact that kids love building something…that is what made Lego what it is today, isn’t it? So, this game actually encourages the kids to solve the problem and then build a tower. If they got the answer wrong, the block is to be returned to the pool of unused blocks. This encourages others to try their hand at solving the unsolved problems and see it as a challenge.

Although the teacher is using the technology creatively, suffice to say, there are those who are not nearly as mindful about its usefulness after rolling out their massive, newsworthy QR Code marketing game-plan. Once a company starts to use QR Code, it is important to remember that people are always trying to use the codes and we do not want them to waste their time and become skeptics. We already are dealing with lots of skeptics as it is.

One user of the Arriva Trains Wales found the use of QR Codes on trains and his complaint disappointing. You see, the train station have placed QR Code on the front of the trains running the routes and the QR Codes are supposed to resolve to a PDF file of a schedule. The user found that one of the QR Codes led him to a PDF file schedule of a completely different route. He wanted to get the schedule of the route from Barry Island to Merthyr Tydfil but was instead shown the schedule for the Swansea and Shrewsbury route. His subsequent complaint to the staff was not satisfactory because he was told that the rolling stock was often moved around from one route to another.

I would say that the user had every right to be disappointed with his experience using QR Codes. Would you feel the same way, be turned off QR Code technology for good?

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