Those silly little "boxes" are popping up everywhere - food boxes, ads, business cards, etc. QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are simply a quick way to open a website, text, calendar events, or contact information.
QR Codes have a lot of fun, easy applications that you can use in a classroom.
Quick way for students to open a website without having to type a LONG URL
A way to get the kids out of their seats and moving around the room
Review answers revealed
A way to get a teacher's contact information
A way to add events to a students device with pop up reminders
In order to read a QR code, you need a device with a QR Reader App. Two of our favorites are I-nigma and Red Laser but any will work.
Scavenger Hunt (Can be adapted for any subject)
Create a document with one problem per page.
To create the QR Codes - go to http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/ and choose to create a “text” code.
Once you generate the code, RIGHT click and choose to either Save it as a jpg or copy and paste it onto your document.
Combining QR Codes with Google Forms
Create a Google Form with questions about a topic. Create a QR Code that when scanned takes the students directly to the Google Form. Example of a Google Form Quiz:
Students receive a QR Code that takes them to an image. (It can be an image from any subject or topic) and they have to write a story based on the image or identify the image. This would be great to use when studying famous people, places, or tone/mood.
Example: Directions & Codes for 30 random images which can be printed, cut apart, and scattered on tables/desks.
Since QR Codes can show text or URLs, place QRs on objects around your room.
QR Code Resources:
Great Resources for Qr Codes
Kathy Schrock's Qr Codes in the classroom.
Click HERE to find out some ways to use QR codes in your classroom.