Last year, if you remember, I wrote about a great tool and example of how QR codes are being used in science education. The QR coded audio Periodic Table of Elements (as seen below) has QR codes for each of the elements in the periodic table. If you click on the image, then you can get to the high resolution full-sized version and scan some of the QR codes. It’s pretty fun to see what happens.
I am very pleased to learn, though, that this QR-coded audio Periodic Table of the Elements was recently published in the Journal of Chemical Education at
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed200541e , which is great news. The authors actually came back to my original post and dropped a comment to let me know, which is also awesome.
As I mentioned previously, this could certainly be a great at-home resource for a chemistry class to use. Students could use their own smartphones, a parent’s smartphone, or even a desktop QR code reader.