First off a brief summary
We decided to go “all in” with the QR code technology, so the first step was to put it in our handouts and the material that I regularly use. When I set up the link I basically used http://www.bitly.com services to shorten the URL and to help me track whomever clicked on the links. I built a separate link as recommended by Kevin von Duuglas-Ittu. That way I could easily track which of the places I visited was generating more (or less) traffic to the Fan Page on Facebook.
As I got into the first place to inform students about their possibilities to study in the U.S, I started to eye if anyone had smart phones to see if it was viable to even show the slide explaining what QR Codes where. I soon found out that many (not all) had phones that at least could read the codes. So then there I was all jacked up about this new thing and when I detected that there was interest I had a brief how-to session on scanning, what tools to use and what they would obtain after going to the link. And the good news is that students were actively searching for apps to scan the code and also would scan it right away!
What I did was to personally try out different apps with my cellphone and ask others to use other apps with different brands/models, that did help out a lot since it could possibly happen that someone would not be able to scan the code and then all my work would have been in vain! Plus I had in one slide this very useful list of bar code readers and scanners: http://bitly.com/qrcode-edusa. So what turned out bad? People would need time to download the app, install it and then scan the code, with some that had 3G connection it went somewhat fast, others needed to have Wi-fi since they had no data packet connection, and still others that did not have a smartphone that could scan the code. Well nothing unexpected and not truly earth shattering but still points to keep a record of.
- What can I do to get them more engaged in the FB page? (at the information session it went very well, but the post action has been sort of quiet on their part)
- What strategies have you used that have worked?
- What should I do on future sessions that I didn’t consider?
P.S (loved using Evernote to edit this post)