QR Codes

Why I love QR Codes

Posted on October 12, 2014. Filed under: QR Codes | Tags: |

QR Code

What is a QR Code?

A Quick Response Code is a digital image that can be scanned without the beam of light needed to scan barcodes at the supermarket. QR codes are used in advertising and marketing. You may have seen QR codes on flyers, train posters, brochures and magazine advertisements. They can be scanned using one of the many free QR scanner apps available for smartphones and tablets. When you scan the code, you are taken directly to a website.

What is the connection to education?  Here are some ideas:

1. 21st Century Resumes – I have suggested that my student teachers add a QR to their resume to link to other content such as their professional website or portfolio.

2. Saving trees – Instead of printing handouts, give your students a QR that takes them to the instructions, announcement or assignment.

3. Check answers – Have students check their answers by scanning the QR code after completing a test or assignment.

4. Scavenger Hunts – For any unit your students are learning, you can create QR codes, print them on paper and either place them in a center or spread them out. Each code can point to a site you want your students to use for an activity.

Why do I like them?

QR codes will take your students straight to a website. No need for them to type in long web addresses.

QR Codes Save Time -instead of waiting for each student to type in a long web address, they can all quickly scan the QR code.

QR Codes are easy to make – all you need is a QR Code Generator app and you are ready to go. Copy and paste a long web address, and the app will  create a code that is unique to that particular website.

QR codes can be printed on virtually anything: paper, textile, and walls.

If you are not using QR Codes yet in your classroom, and want to learn more click here QR Code Resources 



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