A Mind Map and a QR Code combined to share coaching information

I have been thinking about how some of the free cloud applications can be used to support coach education and development.

This post brings together a mind map with a Quick Response Code (QR Code) to provide an example of what is possible as we become produsers of these tools.

The background story:

  • I have been researching performance in the 2011 Super 15 rugby tournament.
  • I am interested in whether the previous year’s ranking of a team impacts on its performance in the following year.
  • I have been looking at try scoring in the 120 group games in this year’s tournament.
  • I think this kind of information is a trigger for discussions about the preparation and performance of teams

I found 30 ways that teams won games in the 2011 tournament. Fortunately 13 of these occurred only once. By far the most prevalent outcome (37) was when a higher ranked team (from the 2010 tournament) scored the first converted try, was leading at half time and won the game.

I wanted to visualise these data to share with coaches and decided to use a mind map tool to do so. I had been alerted to SpiderScribe recently (via Diigo) and tried out its functionality.

It is a Beta product at the moment and so I have been conscious of managing the risk of not being able to access the map on an as need basis.

I have downloaded a copy of the map as a Pdf document as a permanent digital record of the map S1501

The link to the map I created is http://www.spiderscribe.net/app/?9d28530b20872f43b4f1aeea2d81277b which is quite an address. SpiderScribe offers a range of options for sharing a mindmap and I have chosen Public on internet – anyone on Internet can find and access it.

I used bit.ly to shorten the long address of the mind map to http://bit.ly/S1501. Bit.ly offers the opportunity to customise the shortened address. This process tracks the use of the link too.

The final step for me in this process is to allocate a QR Code to the mindmap. I use the Kaywa QR Code Generator for this purpose. I have written a number of posts about QR Codes in this blog. A post I wrote in January provides some detailed information. I see a QR code as a dynamic way to share information with iPhone and Android users.

The QR Code for the SpiderScribe mind map is:

This post is a small example of what is available to coach educators. In presenting this example I aim to share a generic approach to resource development.

I conclude with a working definition of produsage that underpins my approach to sharing and growing.

In collaborative communities the creation of shared content takes place in a networked, participatory environment which breaks down the boundaries between producers and consumers and instead enables all participants to be users as well as producers of information and knowledge – frequently in a hybrid role of produser where usage is necessarily also productive.

Photo Credit

Coaches watching the fight

Quick Response (QR) Codes 2

I wrote about Quick Response (QR) Codes in January. Yesterday I was working in an open access space at the University of Canberra and started a conversation with colleagues about using QR codes in teaching and learning commons.

I was inspired by the conversation and spent part of the day exploring QR code generators and QR readers. After searching through some options I chose:

Kaywa QR Code Generator

QR Reader for iPhone

I found the QR Reader through an excellent post by Josh Sunshine.The bonus for me is that the Reader is a free application as is the Kaywa code generator.

I do not have an Android phone but a trusted colleague recommended ZXing’s Barcode Scanner.

The Kaywa OR Code Generator created this link to this blog post:

To my website:

This link to a text message:

This link to a picture stored on Flickr:

I include them in this post to initiate my own exploration of QR Codes in open spaces. My colleagues in the Teaching Commons at the University of Canberra have offered to create QR spaces for this exploration. They have suggested too that I consider allocating bit.ly addresses for these images so that there can be some evidence about use.

I am thinking about developing a discovery trail around the University guided by QR codes. News about this in my next QR post.

Quick Response (QR) Codes


A few days ago I received a Diigo Teacher-Librarian alert to Gwyneth Jones’s QR Code Comic Tutorial. Her comic format is a great vehicle for sharing basic information. Her picture reminded me about a Scholarly Kitchen post by Michael Clarke (11 December 2009) Get a Whiff of Google’s Augmented Reality Stickers.

Some Discoveries

I followed up that link with a visit to The Big Wild campaign that is using posters in seven Canadian cities, “hoping to entice smartphone owners to scan the image and access one of our mobile-friendly petition pages.”

The Big Wild poster uses “a QR code, or 2-D barcode. These codes–they look kind of like crossword puzzles, can be read by the cameras on smartphones. They can store text information, SMS messages or (as is the case with our campaign) a URL for a website.”
From the Big Wild I visited the Wikipedia entry on Quick Response Codes, then went on to learn more about Denso Wave’s development of QR code as a particular form of 2-D code and noted that QR Code is a registered trademark of Denso Wave Incorporated. (I was surprised to learn that it was developed in 1994 “with the primary aim of being a symbol that is easily interpreted by scanner equipment”.) This is a link to QR Code Features. This is a link to Denso Wave. From Wikipedia I noted that “The use of the QR Code is free of any license. The QR Code is clearly defined and published as ISO standard. Denso Wave owns the patent rights on QR Code, but has chosen not to exercise them.”
Thereafter I found the 2d Code Blog edited by Roger Smolski. From 2d I followed up on some Australian links including: JMango and Ilan Oosting; and Jarrod Robinson.  I found Jarrod’s Prezi on Qr Codes, and his blog. Whilst searching for Jarrod I discovered a great post in the Physical Educator by Joey Feith.

After this journey of discovery I am very excited by the potential of QR codes to inform and develop my work. I am delighted that I traveled the globe to find a PE teacher in country Victoria but profoundly disappointed that I have only just found his work. Gwyneth and Jarrod embody for me the wonderful altruism teachers exhibit and exude. I am going to monitor their work very carefully and hang where the wild things are.
After posting this item I have discovered:
QR Codes: The nuts and bolts (David Hopkins, 17 January)
QR Codes in a Journal (Kent Anderson, 31 January)
Why QR Codes Will Go Mainstream (Hamilton Chan, 9 March)
QR Codes in Education (Steve Anderson, 8 March)
I did blog about QR codes throughout 2011. This is a link to all my QR posts.
Photo Credits
QR codes generated by Kaywa