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Dec 05 2011

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QR Codes

Scan the code above with your phone. It will take you to my blog.

QR (Quick Response) Codes are a type of electronic barcode that can be read by special QR scanners, or by mobile devices. QR Codes can contain whatever message, information, or links that the originator wants the viewer to see.

As an educator you could use QR code to direct students to a learning module, link to a wiki, link to a prezi presentation, or blog. The code can also contain text that would be displayed on the recipients phone once the code is scanned.

This is an exciting development in online learning because it gives educators an addition avenue through which they can use to reach their audience. Cell and smartphone users can scan the code and get the necessary information wherever they are. This means that the QR codes could be placed at a public location. Teachers or instructors could speak or lecture on a particular topic and then the QR code could be posted at the back of the class so that learners can scan the code to be directed to their next objective. This objective could be a journal, blog, supplementary information or a combination of all.

Instructional Designer Diane Rees explains that QR Codes allows the opportunity for normal environments to be turned into a teaching environment(Rees, 2010). Through her blog, ( she gives some great examples of how you can use the QR code under the Instructional Strategies section.


Would you consider using QR codes within your curriculum?


Rees, D. (2010, September 26). [Web log message]. Retrieved from

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Dec 05 2011

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Mobile Technologies for Learning


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Mobile devices have become more prevalent in recent years. I find that fellow students, coworkers, and friends use mobile technologies to communicate. It seems like a natural progression that mobile technologies could also then be used in learning.

Park (2011) explain that mobile learning is the use of mobile or wireless devices for the purpose of learning while on the move (para 3). Mobile learning allows learning to occur across provinces, and countries. I have taken classes with fellow classmates located in Saudi Arabia, Korea, and Jamaica. This is a far geographic distance from Canada where I am primarily located. My classmates and I use mobile technologies such as laptops, the internet and smartphones to collaborate and learn together regardless of location. The Blackboard classroom is a technology that facilitates classroom discussions. Blackboard has also launched a mobile application. This is an advancement for mobile learning. Currently I use the Blackboard environment for my classes however the Blackboard mobile application would make it even easier to access a class because the class would then become assessable when the student or instructor is away from their computer. Blackboard Mobile would allow access to
blackboard from mobile devices such as BlackBerry®, Palm®, iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad®, and Android™smartphones (Blackboard Mobile 2011). I checked my blackberry to see if that application was available on my device and I was very pleased to see that it was available. The application is free but needs to be enabled by the educational institution.

Would you use the Blackboard Mobile App?



Blackboard mobile learn. (2011). Retrieved from


Park, Yeonjeong (2011). A Pedagogical Framework for Mobile Learning: Categorizing Educational Applications of MobileTechnologies into Four Types. The International Review of Research in Open andDistance Learning, IRRODL, Vol 12(2). Retrieved from:


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Oct 31 2011

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Learning through Social Networking

One of the newer trends that I have come across is learning through social networking. Although this trend may have been in existence for some time, I did not realize how popular this trend was until recently. Educators now have a variety of optional available that allow students to learn within an environment in which students can interact with each other.

Twiducate is one of these new social networking learning methods. It is free for teachers to sign up for twiducate. In addition it allows the teacher to create a network for students and that teacher which is highly secure (Twiducate, 2011).

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A video overview of Twiducate can be found at the following link: Twiducate


Another Social newtworking tool that is being used by educators is Edmodo. This social networking learning application is similar to facebook. Teachers are able to post homework on the classroom wall for students (Geron, 2011). Students are also able to add status updates to their Edmodo class wall. As with Twiducate, the teacher has a high degree of control of the classroom.

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A video overview of Edmodo can be found at the following link: Edmodo

Could you see yourself using either of these social networking tools as an educator? I could see myself using this tool in primary school education.


Geron, T. (2011). Edmodo Wants to Make Social Networking A Learning Experience. Retrieved October 30, 2011 from

Twiducate (2011). Twiducate. Retrieved October 30, 2011 from

Youtube (2011).Edmodo.Retrieved October 30, 2011 from

Youtube (2011).Twiducate.Retrieved October 30, 2011 from



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