Crazy for QR Codes

Utilizing QR Codes in the Classroom

What is a QR Code?

What exactly is a QR Code, and what is its purpose? A QR (Quick Response) code is a sophisticated, two-dimensional bar code that can be scanned using a smartphone, tablet, or webcam. After reading the high-speed, two-dimensional QR code, it links to a Web address that contains related information.

What does a QR Code look like?

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The magic of QR codes in the classroom - Karen Mensing

How Do I Make a QR Code?

  1. Visit an online QR bar code generator. There are alot of them out there. An example:

  2. Select the type of information to be encoded, such as a URL, phone number, text message or other contact information.

  3. Enter the information and press the "submit" or "generate" button (depending on the generator used).

  4. Save the generated QR bar code onto your computer.

  5. Open the QR bar code and size how you would like. You can then print or insert into documents. Be sure and maintain the image bar code portion as a square.

Ideas for the Classroom

  • Links to tutorial videos.
  • School/classroom newsletters--Give your parents an inside peek into your classroom.
  • Add QR codes to your school newsletter that link to photos of student work and activities from that week.
  • Book reviews--After reading a chapter book or picture book, students can create an audio or video book review. Upload the audio/video to a webpage and then create a QR code. Print and place the QR code in the back inside cover of the book or in the classroom for future readers to scan when deciding whether they want to read the book, too.
  • Literacy station integration--Upload a series of audio clips where you explain station objectives. Create a unique QR code for each audio clip. Display them at the stations for students to scan and access instructions as they rotate.
  • Interactive bulletin boards--Teach students how to create their own QR codes for a research project. After creating mini-posters on their topics, they can include a QR code to link readers to already existing websites, videos, etc. for more information.