Tales of Things – Use QR Codes in Education

Tales of Things is really an amazing tool. It allows you to literally attach a story to any object. Here’s how it works.

Tales of Things - Web 2.0 site for educationThink about a school art gallery or any type of exhibition at your school. Parents are going to come enjoy all of the student creativity and hard work. Wouldn’t it be cool to attach a QR code to each piece of student work? For example, when a parent scans the QR code for their child’s work, a picture of the masterpiece appears along with additional descriptive information. That’s what Tale of Things can do.

After you sign up for an account, take a picture of whatever you want to tag. You might consider taking a picture of a student holding their work. Then, click “Add  Your Thing and Share Its Tales.” Fill in the information, add more descriptive text and upload the images. You can even geo-tag the image if you want.

When you are finished uploading images for your objects (in this case, student work), click Print QR Codes. Print out the codes and affix to each piece of student work. Make sure you let parents know ahead of time that QR codes will be present and they may want to download a QR code reader. When the code is scanned, the image you uploaded and the additional descriptive text will be displayed on the mobile device.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Mark Brumley Mark Brumley (112 Posts)

Mark Brumley is an educational technology leader, presenter and founder of Teach Amazing, who has lived and worked around the globe in his commitment to provide authentic learning experiences to enhance the education of 21st Century learners.


@jsprfox 28-04-2012, 19:04

Great way to appropriately link with QR codes, I’m using QR codes in my classroom a lot now, I’m finding the best use so far is linking to student exemplars of screencasts made by my students that are on our youtube channel.

Richa Banga 19-05-2012, 08:22

We encourage our teachers to use QR codes in their classroom. We are writing an eguide to guide teachers to use QR codes for education. Here’s the post that we recently posted:http://www.wiziq.com/blog/5-uses-of-qr-codes-in-the-classroom/
Will share the guide once it’s published.

@richabanga 19-05-2012, 08:25

Opps forgot to give my tweeter Id…:)

Marty Swanhall @swanny203 09-05-2013, 08:43

Is this the same program that can be found in the Apple iPhone app store?

Teach Amazing!
Teach Amazing! 09-05-2013, 14:56

Sure is!


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