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Have you used QR Codes in the classroom yet? Do you have technology (like iPads, iPods, iPhones, or other smart phones) and internet access? QR Codes are simple to create, easy to implement, and open a world of independence for your students.

 

WHAT IS A QR CODE

A QR Code is very similar to a bar code. QR stands for Quick Response. The image consists of square dots in a unique configuration that provides information for the user.

QR Codes can contain text, links, and much more. QR Codes are safe to use in the classroom, so there’s no worry about leading your students astray. Students only access what you tell them to via the QR Code.

 

WHY USE A QR CODE

There’s a number of reasons to use QR Codes, but for me, the main reason is that it’s easy to give students web addresses and allows them to be more independent. I’m all about automating and releasing responsibility to my students as much as possible. I want to be the facilitator of learning, but not the one who tells them all the answers.

 

WHAT TOOLS DO YOU NEED TO READ A QR CODE

Most classrooms use a QR Reader on a smart device (iPhone, iPad, etc.). There are a ton of QR readers available. My favorite for the classroom is Scan. It is easy for students to use and doesn’t include ads, which is perfect for the classroom.

 

WHAT TOOLS DO YOU NEED TO MAKE A QR CODE

There are many tools you can use to create a QR Code. I personally use an app on my mac, called QREncoder. It’s fast and easy. I can save the code as an image and print it or insert it into any document.

HOW I USE QR CODES IN THE CLASSROOM

FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DURING RESEARCH

The main way I use QR Codes now, is for students to do individual research. Toward the second half of second grade, I start having students do individual research projects. (Source: funinclassroom.co)

 

PROVIDE ANSWERS SO STUDENTS CAN CHECK THEIR WORK

Do you ever have time when you wish you could provide an answer key, but make it so students didn’t have immediate access to the answers? This is how! Create QR codes for the answers. Students need to use their device to find the answer to the problem after they’ve solved it.