Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Android tablets #2:Scan and create QR codes using your Android tablet



QR codes are gaining momentum in today’s technology. Many teachers and classrooms are using them very successfully. This post aims to show how QR codes can be used on an Android, both for reading QR codes and for Creating them as well.

1. How to scan or read a QR code on an Android device
You will need the following to get started:
    • A tablet with a camera
    • A program/application that lets you scan the QR code .
    • You must have access to internet when you are to scan a QR code.
a) Google Goggles

Google Googles is such a useful app as it does much more than just scan bar codes and QR codes. Search by taking a picture: point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information. Read more

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b)  QR Reader for Android

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c) QR Droid
This one is useful as it can both scan and create QR codes.

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2. How to scan a QR code - the process


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Simply open your QR code reader on your device, point the scanner at the QR code device and it will automatically scan it and take you to the selected resource. Here is a link to a video showing how it is done.

3. How to create a QR code generator on an Android device

a). QR Droid for Android



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b). QR Code Generator for Android

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I tried out both of these on my Android device and they work well. You basically select and add the type of content you wish to create into a QR code and click on create. NOTE: If you select a URL these applications often provide the htttp://. This can cause problems! It is a good idea to remind your students to remove this provided http:// as if they don’t they will end up with two https and the QR code won’t work!

If you would like some ideas of how to use QR codes with your students please take a look at our post: QR Codes #3: QR Codes in the classroom – gleanings from others


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