QR Code Chocolate Challenge Voting is Here (finally!)

The voting for the #ere2011 #QRCCC QR Code Chocolate Challenge entries is FINALLY here! My sincere apologies for the delay, as the winners were meant to be announced last week actually! EEP! I blame drowning in a tonne of work which I am sure most of you can relate to, as well as a curve ball thrown in by the ominous ash cloud saga that southern Australia was recently subjected to.

We only had four entries, which for those lucky participants, increases their opportunities of winning the rather large 350 g block of Cadbury’s dairy milk chocolate!


What was the QR Code Chocolate Challenge?

Participants that were enrolled for the e-Learning a Realit-e conference (June 8 – 10) were eligible to participate in this competition. They had to choose a topic that particularly interested them, or that they learnt from the three-day conference and write a limerick about it.  The challenge was then to visit a QR code generation site on the web, and make (for many) their first QR code. They sent their QR code to me where I uploaded it to my Flickr site. These are the codes eligible for voting.

Where do we scan and read the submissions?

You can either visit my Flickr site directly and search my site for #QRCCC by tag OR you can scan and read here!  If the images are too small to scan, they can be clicked individually and you will be taken to a page where you can choose from an array of sizes for scanning for that image.

   Diana Taylor (@dianataylor)             Jo Hart (@johart)


Sandra Harman-Smith                    Suz Arnott (@suzi_q)


..and in the vein of all particularly tricky educators, I am going to ask you to actually use the barcode / QR code scanner on your mobile device to scan and read these. I will actually make available the text after the winner is announced (awww mean I know!). However it is an opportunity to keep applying our learning beyond the Gadgets & Gizmos: Choose Your Own Technology Adventure – Part II presentation Smile

Don’t know how do that scanning thing?

Many newer generation phones have a native barcode scanner inbuilt at purchase, particularly android based systems.  If you are an iphone user, visit the apps store and search for barcode scanner or QR scanner.  Nokia on the Symbian operating system will also have a native scanner, and if you don’t like it there is always something you can download from the Ovi store (I had a great scanner on my Nokia E71 – try some of these).  Have an Ericson? I am not so up with that, but it has been suggested to me (thank you twitter) that you try here http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-software/sony-ericsson/.  Still having probs? Here is some information about desktop QR coder readers…..who knew hey? Not me!

How do we vote?

In the sidebar of the blog on the right, the poll is now available for voting.  After voting you will be able to view the latest results


Who can vote?

Anyone, please spread the word! Tweet, Facebook it etc! Chocolate at stake here!

When will the results be announced?

(particularly since the dates have shifted!)

Tuesday 12th July

Voting closes Midnight Monday 11th July AWST (ie Perth time!)


good luck & thank you to those participants who entered!

QR Code Chocolate Challenge Entries

Here are the entries so far for the #QRCC for #ere2011 participants!

You can view the entries in the slide show above, or visit my flickr site and search by tag for #QRCCC

Don’t forget to email YOUR limerick-ed (it’s now a new word ) QR code in to me by midnight this Tuesday for a chance to win a really ENORMOUS block of chocolate – see? It’s bigger than my hand!

Full instructions on how to enter can be found in my post on the QR Code Chocolate Challenge

QR Code Chocolate Challenge for #ere2011 Participants!

Scan me!

What is it?

The QR Code Challenge is open to participants of the e-Learning a Realit-e conference last week (June 8 –10).  If you were brave enough to attend my Gadgets & Gizmos: Choose Your Own Technology Adventure – Part II presentation (the final session, Friday afternoon), I threw down the gauntlet to participants to continue their learning beyond the conference with a challenge……….that has a prize for the taking!

What you have to do

Step 1

Choose something that particularly interested you, or you learnt from the three-day conference  It may have been a topic of discussion, a technical issue, a presenter, a facilitator, a light bulb moment of some kind – what ever you wish!  

Step 2

Now to challenge the creative side of your brain! I promise, you really do have one – it’s just that some of you might have more dust on it than others!

You need to write a limerick about what you have selected from the three-day conference. You will be using this to insert into your QR code!

Step 3

Now for the fun part – you get to make your first QR code (well for many of you!)

Here are a variety of sites for you to choose from – there are many many more out there as well.  Make sure you generate your QR code as TEXT.




Go have a play and generate your QR code with your limerick!

Step 4

Now, export your limerick as a .jpg or .png file and save to your computer (make sure you remember where)!

Step 5

The easy bit is to now email it to me! Alternatively you can embed it in a comment reply below this post.  I can grab it from there!

Your final QR code is due to me by midnight (AWST) Tuesday 21 June 2011.

Step 6 (this is for Sue to do)

I will take the submitted codes and load to my flickr site (attributed correctly to the authors of course!).

What next?

From the submission close date (Tuesday 21 June 2011), there will be five working days (Wednesday 22 June – Tuesday 28 June) where people can visit my flickr to scan the QR codes and decide which one they like the best!  Over these same five days, voting will take place via a poll here on this blog.

Source: Chocolate Graphics

The QR code with the greatest number of votes will win the prize!  The winner will be announced via the Blog and Twitter on Wednesday 29 June, and I will also ask Jyothi & Jenny to forward the winner a notification via email as well (I will then of course need to make contact to arrange prize postage)!

Who is eligible to enter / vote?

Any registered participant of the e-Learning a Realit-e conference run by the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (8-10 June, 2011) is eligible to submit a QR code to this challenge.

As voting is difficult to track / manage in terms of who/what/when/where, any reader of this blog is eligible to vote for the winner.

The carrot

Finally – that whole scanning thing……….

Many newer generation phones have a native barcode scanner inbuilt at purchase, particularly android based systems.  If you are an iphone user, visit the apps store and search for barcode scanner or QR scanner.  Nokia on the Symbian operating system will also have something you can download from the Ovi store (I had a great scanner on my Nokia E71 – try some of these).

If you are still struggling – hand your phone to a passing teenager or geeky work colleague to assist! Oh yes – I even made a hash tag for the QR Code Chocolate Challenge #QRCCC feel free to use it in your blog posts, tweets, flickr etc so we can see when you have posted!

One of the best ways to learn is hands on!  Good luck!

p.s. the prize is a lot larger than what that frog is chasing!

Gadgets & Gizmos: choose your own technology adventure – Part II [Elluminate Session Resources]

Choose your own……………resources!

Please find below the resources I have:

a) used today for the session and:
b) some of the special “virtual” surprises for you (also noted in the documents) that we didn’t get to today!

Last year I intended to do a blog post on how I approached and developed the session.  Alas the best intentions…..I will endeavour however to do it. Hopefully if you ever endeavour to do something similar, it might provide an idea of where you might start on YOUR own adventure of adventures!



[developed in Microsoft Word with SnagIt – this was one of my must have gadgets we looked at – 7ish years of my personal lervvvvv and still going strong].gadgets&gizmos title slide

Gizmos & Gadgets Part II Flow Map v1.0

[developed in Microsoft Visio – Organisational Hierarchy flowchart]

Some linky goodness

A surprise from the Browser Adventure Pathway + extra!

Check my delicious account regularly for #ere2011 (and add me to your delicious network – it IS social bookmarking :P), I am still adding the resources!(I should have done this as I went! UGH!)

…..and where are the visuals Sue? Of course, on Flickr in a special set just for us! Many of these were done real time with the awesome SnagIt. Of course, some were prepared earlier too :D . More to come!

oops! almost forgot YouTube – again – more on the way – these are pretty rough and ready – but you get the idea, and you know the hashtag by now!

(although this really should all be in the session plan for you).

…and finally… a BIG thank you….

A big thanks to everyone to turning up in droves to the graveyard shift, and putting yourself on the knife blade with me for this “anything can happen” style of presentation!

I would love to hear any suggestions for improvement you might have on the session, good, bad, ugly etc :D

Also, if you do something with it, let me know how it went.  I would LOVE to hear about it! Did you do anything differently? Tricks? Challenges?

Thanks once again for being so bloody awesome!! Now, I must a) go do my footy tips and Dream Team b) eat c) have caffiene d) write the blog post about the QR COMPETITION!!!! ………and sleep!

Cheers Sue

twitterfountain: visualise your data differently

e-Learning a Realit-e

[8 – 10 June 2011 Online Conference]

Gadgets & Gizmos: choose your own technology adventure Part II

Using Twitterfountain to Visualise Real Time Data

As a part of my Gadgets & Gizmos II presentation at the  eLearning a Realit-e online conference, participants will again participate in a “choose your own adventure” style hour of exploration, similar to those popular books of the 1980′s.

As in 2010 is a significant amount of content in this presentation.  One adventure pathway of choice is that of Visualisation > Funky Data that of looking at a variety of tools and devices the web has to offer is using, viewing & presenting data. One such tool is that of Twitterfountain.  Twitterfountain is a real time synthesizer of hashtags from Twitter and Flickr, which can be accessed via URL or embedding in a web page or blog such as this.  It creates a visual representation of what people are saying or loading live to the web (via Flickr) at any point in time about an event.

If you use a wordpress.com blog or wordpress.com powered site, please note that it strips out a lot of the functionality of Twitterfountain , however the lovely people at Twitterfountain have created a special plugin which you can use for embedding. YAY!

For the purposes of this exercise, the hashtag of the eLearning a Realit-e conference is #ere2011. Make sure you hashtag any of your tweets or Flickr pics from the two day conference with this tag to have them appear in the Twitterfountain below!

Note: at the moment, you (the reader) have to play with the settings to bring the images in from Flickr. Just use the #ere2011 tag. It’s being annoyingly buggy and I cannot figure out why :(