posted May 15, 2013, 3:48 PM by Kate Petty
updated May 15, 2013, 4:10 PM
I am currently writing material for a new workshop about QR Codes in the classroom. If you don't know much about QR Codes, they are those funny electronic-looking things that people are always scanning with their phones.
As I am doing research, there are two QR code generators I really like (generator is the place you go to make them- for free!):
: Free, with sign-up or Microsoft Live Account. I love this service because it gives you a personal dashboard with a saved file of every QR code you generate and the option to edit them to reuse. It also has analytics which trace the location, time, and frequency of each scan.
: They give you 20 different options for what kind of information people will scan, including an auto-generated email! Pretty awesome!
What app is best to scan and open a code?
Microsoft TAG App
is the best. It will scan the Tags and regular QR codes AND it will save a history of all of your scans so you don't accidentally lose the webpage or information. It is available in most app stores.
I've compiled a pretty awesome list of ways you can use them in your classroom tomorrow, next week, or as a basis for a really cool unit. Check them out and tweet me @techclassroom if you have more ideas I can add to the list.
Uses in the classroom:
- Scavenger Hunts with email or text
Enhanced Bulletin Board w/links to video, audio, visual
QR Code nameplate, name on door, etc to let people know more about you
Conference badges: let people know more about you on your name tag
Links to YouTube Videos (or other video w/url)
Material you want students to explore in free time
Additional information about unit (websites, video, audio clips)
At exit with night’s assignment
Add video clips with QR codes to text for interactive experience (novels, student-generated work, etc)
Elem: games/pictures/tasks related to reading
MS/HS: Sidebar Stories, character/author commentary
Recipe Book: Pictures/video about recipe
Non-Fiction: Add content updates since the article/book was published
Museum: Add audio for pictures/artwork
Site Markers: Use QR codes to describe locations around the classroom or campus
Travel Brochure: 21st century up the brochure assignment by asking students to incorporate QR codes on the brochure.
Promote Events around campus
Google Maps: Get a walking map or directions by putting in the unique URL of a map you create on Google Maps
If you want students to download an app on their phones for class, have them scan the URL for it.
Photography Art: Create a gallery experience by framing QR codes that lead the viewer to photographs- change them each week!
Have students create a collection of photos, videos, and videos to go with favorite stories (bedtime or chapter books)
Board Game: If you have students design their own game for a unit, ask them to make it interactive by adding music, video, and other multi-media with QR codes
Put QR codes on the periodic table poster to a wiki page or a short video about the element.
Add author information to quotes in room
Add podcasts of poems to poems
Links to book reviews
Online versions of your assignments
Classroom Calendar of events with upcoming due dates
Reading questions with spoiler alerts
Students create their own museum from reading or unit with self-paced audio/visual tour
Put previous week’s homework answers on current week’s homework
Homework or Test Answers
- Classroom or School Library: Link to book reviews, videos, and podcasts with authors or reading of text