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QR codes (QR being short for Quick Response) allow people to instantly learn more about an event, product, web site, business and more by linking the individual to content on any supported phone

Here's How it Works
Make sure your phone can scan a QR code with its camera, either with an application that you download or via software that's already installed on your phone. Your mobile cameraphone may be able to scan QR codes out of the box or you may need to download software.  When you see a QR code, use your phone's application to scan it. You will be taken instantly to information on your phone.

QR Codes in Education
QR codes at Bath provides the following scenarios of how QR codes might be used in an educational context.

•    a student subscribing to an RSS news feed
•    inclusion within printed learning materials
•    integration within an alternate reality game
•    just in time information in a face to face lecture

QR Codes Going Slightly More Mainstream?
HighEdWebTech provides an interesting discussion on whether or not QR Codes are becoming more mainstream in the US.  A great example is Google's Favorite Places program.  Google is mailing window decals to 50,000 businesses around the US. These decals include a QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone to directly view the mobile Place Page for the business to learn more about their offerings.

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Jolanda-Pieta (Joey) van Arnhem M.F.A., M.L.I.S.
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