Tech Tips #3.11

Week of November 2, 2015

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What is a QR Code?

A QR (short for Quick Response) code is a type of bar code. They typically consist of black square dots arranged on a square grid. When scanned they direct the user to a website, text, video, picture, and more!
The magic of QR codes in the classroom - Karen Mensing

What do I need to use one?

  1. A QR Code

  2. A QR Reader

How to Scan a QR Code

  1. Open a QR Reader app.

  2. Using the camera, position the QR code in the square and the app will scan the code.
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Five Classroom Uses

  1. Share links - link to websites, videos, documents, and even Google Drive folders to share with students quickly and easily.

  2. Warm-Up and Exit Tickets - have students scan codes to recieve their warm-up and exit tickets for class.

  3. Scavenger Hunts - post codes around the room and/or school. Have students solve problems and find the correct answers.
    Example - Make Your Own QR Code Scavenger Hunt by iLearnTechnology

  4. Hints/Tutorials - students can scan a code included in worksheets, quizzes, and tests when they are having trouble or need help.

  5. Audio - Link to an audio file with question being read for English Language Learners or for students who have difficulty reading. Also great for students with modifications that include worksheets/tests to be read aloud.

Classroom Examples

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How do I create a QR code?

You need the following:

  1. Content to share.
    Images, links, email addresses, videos, text, and more can all be shared.

  2. QR Code generator.


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  • Under 1: DATA TYPE Choose a data type of your content - examples include website addresses, videos, image, email addresses, etc.

  • Under 2: CONTENT Insert your content - example website URL, image, text, etc.

  • Under 3: FOREGROUND COLOR Change the color of the code (if needed).

  • Click/Tap DOWNLOAD QR Code button.
    On your computer - The image will save to your Downloads folder in your My Documents folder. NOTE: Be sure to rename the QR code file name to something that describes what it links to. Otherwise you may have to scan the code to figure out where it links.
    On your iPad - The image will open in a new tab. Press and hold on the image and then tap Save Image to save to the Camera Roll on your iPad. NOTE: You will not be able to give the QR code a name on the device.

  • Insert the image in a document, presentation, or other sharing location to be printed or displayed via projector.
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Additional QR Code Generators

  • Vocaroo - Create an audio recording and link the audio file to a QR code.

  • Beqrious - Allows you to download the QR code in a variety of sizes and file types.

  • QR Voice - Type in text (up to 100 characters) and it will create a synthesized voice file (in a number of languages) that will play when the QR code is scanned.
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