QR Codes and Nearpod

PISD Elementary Language Arts Training October 14, 2013

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QR Codes

QR Codes are a type of 2D barcode invented in Japan in 1994 to keep track of parts for the automotive industry, but have made their way into product advertising all over the world. They've recently gained a foothold in education because they offer a fast, easy way to create shortcuts to websites and plain text, which teachers L.O.V.E. because they save so much time!

For some examples of how you might use them in your classroom, visit http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2012/09/ways-use-qr-codes-education



iPad Apps (*=favorite) Find links for these apps and more here or search the App Store

*I-nigma (reader only)

Qrafter (reader and creator)

Quick QR (reader and creator)

QR Code Maker (creator only)

*QR Reader (reader and creator)

Websites (create online, then use Snipping Tool to cut and paste into documents)



As with any product, some are better than others, and one may work better for a particular job than another, so I always recommend that users have at least 2 or 3 different reader apps available as a backup plan.


Nearpod is a free presentation tool that allows teachers to engage and assess students using iPads or iPhones. After a session, you can have reports emailed to you for assessment of student performance.

You can use it with Android devices for a trial period on the free Silver account, and if you like it, you can upgrade to one of the paid accounts.

Membership levels:

  • Silver-free, up to 50MB storage, presentations up to 20 MB each.
  • Gold-$10-$12 per month, 1GB storage, presentations up to 40 MB each,
  • School Edition-requested but haven't received pricing info, 3GB storage, presentations up to 60 MB each. Have to have 5+ teachers using it to get this membership. Gives you the ability to assign presentations as 'Homework' that students can watch at their own pace.

Students do not need accounts to use this tool--they enter a 5-digit PIN number generated when you launch a presentation, then follow along on their devices. You can share specific websites during a presentation by entering the web address at the top of the screen, and students will only be able to go to that site during the presentation.

You can build a presentation with interactive response slides for these question types:

  • yes/no or true/false
  • multiple choice
  • open-ended
  • draw-it

Presentations can have static slides with text or images. Interactive slides can include JPG reference images to go along with a question. You can also include a video on a slide, but it can't exceed 10MB in size or be longer than 3 minutes (see membership limitations above). If you want to show a video, you can pause the presentation and show the video through your projector. I'm including a Safeshare.TV link below for the 'Where the Wild Things Are' video, if you want to show it in your class.

For a more extensive handout than the Step One sheet you get at training, visit my website then go to the Helpful Documents link at the left. The purple QR code below will also take you to my website.


Melinda Louvier, M. Ed

Educational Technology Specialist

Pearland ISD

Ext 16950