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Nuts and Bolts of QR Codes

posted May 9, 2017, 5:49 PM by Adrienne DeWolfe   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 9:22 AM ]
QR Codes or Quick Response Codes can be generated for text and links. Links can be to sites, images, audio and videos, anything online that you'd like to share easily. You or students, will need to make the codes first and print them out or post them online.

QR Code Makers
First you must make a QR code and download the image for others to use to get to your web content. 
Tip: If you are using Padlet with your students, Padlet now automatically generates a QR Code. Go to Settings/Share to find it. 

Make a QR Code
You will find it is easier to make on a computer than a tablet. Select the type of code you will make. 
Type or paste into the box. Select download. 


2. Go to the site to make a code. 
  • Choose URL or text and check the static box
  • Type or paste into the box and your static code is created. Right-click to save the image. 

3. Use the Google URL shortener:
  • Paste in the URL you want to shorten and it will also generate a QR code. 
  • Be sure to click on "Details" to see the QR code and download the image.
  • Share by email, projector screen, ppt slides, or print it on paper.

QR Code Readers
Your device will use its camera to scan the QR code, but it will also need a QR Code Reader. There are many QR Code Readers, but I-nigma, QR Code Reader works for all platforms including iOS, Windows and Android phones.

Open House 
For Open House, you could have parents download a QR Code Reader in advance on their phone:

Email to Parents before the Big Night

Dear Parents, please download a QR code reader to your smartphone before Open House so that you can see some of the awesome digital work your kiddo has done. I've included a link to a FREE one that works on all platforms:
I-nigma is a QR code reader, for all platforms including iOS, Windows and Android phones.

  1. QR Code Doc Template to paste your codes into and print. Be sure to Make a Copy. 
  2. View my 5 minute screencast to learn HOW to make your own QR codes. 
  3. QR Code App Challenge - a handout to walk you through the nuts and bolts of making your own QR codes
  4. SUPER COOL! QR Code Scavenger Hunt Generator (great for getting kids moving and fun in PE too).