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QR Coding Fun in the Classroom!

They're everywhere! From cereal boxes to product manuals, QR codes are becoming more commonplace in our everyday lives. However, did you know there are some engaging ways to use these in your classroom? Even though cell phones would be a requirement for this short lesson, the benefits definitely outweigh the negatives!

So, what are they?!

A QR Code, short for Quick Response code, is a type of barcode that sends users to a designated location on the web. They only require a QR Code reader app, available for free from Google Play and the App Store. Creating them is just as easy as getting the app. There are several QR Code Generator websites that allow you to create them, some even allowing for customization of colors!

So how can I use 'em?

There are several ways to make use of QR codes in the classroom, and some beyond what is directly involved in the day to day classroom activities. Below is a list of ways that you can incorporate these into your instruction to enhance learning and increase engagement!

Link to an Answer Sheet

If you've provided a practice sheet via Google Classroom or plain 'ol paper and pencil, linking to the answer key for students to check their own answers is a great time saver! If you've created the answer key using Google Docs, you can publish it to the web and use that link to create your QR Code. In order to do this from your Doc, select File > Publish to the Web. Then, select the appropriate settings, which will then provide you with a link to locate the document. Copy and paste that link into a QR Code generator and done! Place the QR Code at the bottom of the assignment and send students to check their work without ever leaving their seats!

Use a QR Code as an Opener

If you are wanting to engage students immediately when they walk into the classroom, display a QR Code at the front of the room and start them working right away. Link to a story online, resource page, or simply a newspaper article to discuss later. The possibilities are endless for using a QR Code as an opener.

Use a QR Code to Provide Additional Information

Given the innumerable amount of uses QR Codes have in the classroom, using them as products do to offer more info can also work in the classroom. This can be done by creating QR Codes that link to helpful websites. Paste a QR Code at the end of an assignment that leads to a video for additional help,or have it link to an article online that will be used as points of research on an upcoming project. Either way, students benefit and can take ownership of their learning.

Did I miss anything yesterday?

If you're worn out from answering that question, one of the coolest ideas I've seen from other teachers do is create a "Student Responsibility Calendar." If you have a class website where students can access work, use a QR Code to link to a certain day so students can answer the "what did we do yesterday?" question on their own. An idea to correspond with this is a teacher printed a QR Code for the previous day, cut it out and glued it to the Student Responsibility Calendar. Then, students who missed that day were able to easily locate what they had missed, simply using a quick scan!

Ideas Galore!

Of course, these are a simple few ideas on how you can use QR Codes in the classroom. If you've tried this and have others, please send them my way! Or, if you're interested in making these a part of your instruction, as always, I'm happy and eager to help!

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