How can it be used in teaching and learning?
Educators in many subject areas are now experimenting with this technology in collaborative, location-based learning activities. Learners can conveniently collect learning resources from tags or other devices with a single swipe, thereby reducing the divide between digital and real world activities.
NFC tags have been frequently compared with QR codes as they have the capability of performing similar functions. Classroom practitioners have documented many uses of QR codes such as linking to quizzes or other resources. NFC allows teaching staff to build on these ideas using its additional functionality.
What are the benefits?
The ability to pay for things with your phone using NFC is the aspect most focused on by the media, but NFC has the potential to improve the quality of many services provided by colleges, universities, libraries and museums.
NFC simply makes the physical-to-digital connections easier. NFC is more convenient and faster than scanning a QR code or connecting via Bluetooth. It can perform all of the functions attributed to QR codes but without the need to download an app on your phone or scan using the phone’s camera. Users can simply wave their device over an NFC tag to access information without the need to sign in with passwords, and can be used off- or online. The simplicity of using NFC means that it can be adapted to a variety of learning spaces and changes in teaching pedagogy.
Although NFC tags can sometimes be more expensive than QR codes, they are easy to write and rewrite, and can be reused. The tags are easily hidden on objects so they can be integrated with learning resources without ruining the graphic design.
How have NFC been used to enhance the student experience?
A number of forward-looking further education colleges and universities have started to implement NFC to enhance the learner experience, both within their curricula and around their buildings.
NFC Touch use of NFC technology represents the next wave of the in-store experience and we look forward to enabling it to millions of people through new or existing units.