Tech Tip Thursday

Using QR Codes in the Classroom to Enhance Learning

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What is a QR Code?

Quick Response Codes, or QR Codes, are one-of-a-kind images that, when scanned by a QR reader, take you directly to an online resource. QR codes have been used for years, and teachers around the world are coming up with new and creative ways to use them in their classrooms.

Classroom Ideas

Here are some ideas that you might try in your classroom:

  • Add a QR code to a math assignment that links to a YouTube (or Khan Academy) video showing how to work a similar problem.
  • Add a QR code to a worksheet.
  • Offer extra practice for early finishers.
  • Make a classroom or hallway display interactive by adding a QR code.
  • Make a video or audio recording of students reviewing a book.
  • Add a QR code to provide support to struggling readers
  • Post a QR code in your classroom that links to a Google Form students fill out to sign up to schedule a conference meeting, retake a test, assessment reflection...the possibilities are endless.

Create your own QR Codes

Use the free extension: Quick QR Code Generator

This extension converts your current URL or anything into a QR Code immediately.

or visit

Free QR Code Generator and online QR code creator. No sign-up required.

Use Your iPad Camera or Smartphone as a QR Code Reader!

Remember, with the release of iOS 11, the iPad or iPhone camera can now be used as a QR code reader. Just frame the QR code with the camera and hold your iPad or iPhone still. The camera will automatically recognize the QR code and a pop-up window will appear on your screen. Just touch it to follow the link. No need to download a separate app.

If your device can't scan QR Codes, download a QR Code reader app from the Google Play or App Store.

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Don't forget, if you want to try any of this in your classroom or you need help planning an activity with QR codes, just let me know. I'd be happy to help.