40 Interesting Ways* to Use QR Codes in the Classroom *and tipsThis work is licensed under a Creative CommonsAttribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0License.
#1 - Use a QR Code Generator1. There are many online tools for generating QR codes which you can then use in the classroom.http://www.qrstuff.c om/All of these different types ofinformation can be stored in a qrcode.kaywa.comcode: • A short piece of text Bee Tagg • Website address • Email address • Phone numberWhy not try some of theseexamples >>
#2 - Get a QR Code readerMost Smartphones will have a Mobilebarcode scanner as an app • iMatrixwhich will read QR codes. • Google Goggles • NeoReaderFor the desktop you can also • BeeTagginstall a little bit of software that Desktopwill use a webcam to read thecodes.Whether children are usingmobile devices or the webcamon a netbook, they will accessdigital resources in fewer clicks. QuickMark
#3 - Shorten and Create a CodeEach of these URL shorteners now provide the option to create a QR code from theshortened address. The smaller the address the smaller the QR code.goo.gl delivrBy adding ".qr" to the end of a shortened Or use Delivr to create a short URL, QRaddress you will be able to access the Code, mobile friendly pages, all at the sameQR code. time. Whats more you can track what you share with analytical data on clicks, mobileThe QR code is also available from the views and QR scans."Details" link in the list of shortenedaddresses. It also does very clever things with YouTube videos, Google maps etc. Check out a fullbit.ly review here or scan the QR code:Once you have generated a shortenedlink, if you click on the "Info" page youwill see details of the stats and a QRcode for the link.If you add ".qrcode" to the end of abit.ly address you will see the QRcode.
#7 - Adding QR codes to Word documents for students to check their answers.Laminate sheets and pin them up round the classroom (Mark Rollins @muppetmasteruk)
#5 QR Codes to promote Teen ReadWeek (or other school events)1. Create QR code (http://qrcode.kaywa.com) that will go to aURL promoting a school event.2. Create a simple web page (ie, Google Sites) to promote thatevent. I made one for my high school book club to promotegood book recommendations for Teen Read Week.3. Print small notes with the title: Whats happening in schoolthis week??? Scan this code with your mobile device to findout! and tape them in the bathroom stalls, mirrors, or areaswhere mobile devices are allowed at your school.4. Trust me, your tech savvy kids will know what to do -- and itwill pique the interest of other students too!Submitted by Colette Cassinelli
#4: Add to Your Learning Streets How do we better utilize the pathways in school buildings? Whether it is only seeing these as transition points from A to B or a mindset that sees learning tethered only to the classroom, this area is often neglected outside of a few token art pieces, an award here or there, and random announcements. QR Codes are one way to begin converting these legacy spaces into learning spaces. Submitted by Ryan Bretag (@ryanbretag)
#6 - Advertising school eventsIf the College is trying to advertise a sexual health clinic orsimilar confidential event, no one wants to be seen trying tonote down the place, date and time along the corridor.However, if these events are advertised anonymously throughQR codes, the information is on peoples phones for them toperuse privately.@xlearn
#8 Use QR codes to get immediateaccess to wireless network1. Install Barcode generator on your Androidphone. Use the QR-code below.2. Use Wifi Network and add: SSID,password and kind of security.3. Students now have easy access to thewireless network.Submitted by: Antoine van Dinter
#9 - Use QR codes to vote usingtwittertools1. Download Twittertools:http://www.sapweb20.com/blog/powerpoint-twitter-tools/2. Create a QR code for every voting command, using theseinstructions: dihNW3. No need to type any messages, just scan and vote.Submitted by: Antoine van Dinter
#10 - QR Codes to enhance/extendinformation in books & printed materialPrint a QR Code on a stickerand place in a text book at therelevant point. Pupilsscanning the QR Code aretaken to related material, forexample a video, web page or QR Code for QR Moviesource of further information.See my QRMovie onYouTube ormy presentation on QRCodesfor more details.Posted by @DavidDMuir QR Code for presentation
#11 - Share with other studentsWhen adding student resources to the websitewe add a QR Code next to the article. Thestudents would then be able to scan and sharewith other students.@LRDow
#12 - Put a QR code in your classroomwindow so people can see inside.http://moturoa.blogspot.com/2010/10/qr-codes.html@AllanahKmade withhttp://snap.vu/is good becauseyou get an emailtelling you howmany times yourQR code has beenaccessed
#13 - Use QR code to give access tomobile site with important information1. Create a mobile site for free using:http://winksite.com/site/index.cfm2. On the winksite a QR code is generated automatically.3. Put this QR code in the planner that you use in the classroom.Check out this example.For an example of a mobile site, scan the QRcode on the right.Submitted by: Antoine van Dinter
#14 - Easter Egg ScavengerCreate an "easter egg/scavengerhunt". The students must seekout the QR codes that are postedin a given area. Use the codes togo to information to answer aquestion and/or find a clue. Thenon to finding the code. Added by @hamtra
#15 - Video / Resource of the DayBy using Snap.vu, the content embedded in a QR Code can bechanged and managed at any time.One QR Code posted at the front of the room, in a studentsnotebook or in a textbook can be managed to point at anycontent: website, video, audio, document... submitted by: Greg Kulowiec @gregkulowiec
#16 - Make a data chart In Maths provide some data on a paper handout with a QR code for an online graphing tool like Create- a-Graph.
#17 - Odds and endsAdd QR codes that lead to book trailers to the backs oflibrary books . . .Add QR codes to math worksheets with video tutorials ofhow to solve the problems . . .Add QR codes to the school literary magazine to leadpeople to a gallery of all the artwork that was submitted butcouldnt fit in the print version . . .Add QR codes on every research assignment tosubscription databases and reputable starting points . . . -submitted by @smcneice
#18 - Colour CodeUse the excellent QR Stuffwebsite to make colouredQR codes.Use different colours forwebsites and resources indifferent subjects.You can then see whichQR codes belong tocertain subjects and willhelp you organise lots of http://www.qrstuff.com/them in the classroom.
#19 - Link analogue to digitalIf your school uses blogs or any online publishing tool, create qr-codes tostick in the exercise books to link analogue to digital. Visitors, Inspectors,SIPs, Subject Leaders can then see the whole picture of learning. Year 6 atHeathfield do this, this is what their books look like: By David Mitchell @DeputyMitchell
#20 - Target Support InformationStick a QR code wherever there is a childs target. E.g. atthe front of a their text book or on a wall display. Link to anaudio or video recording explaining what their target is andthe steps and strategies to achieve it.I have used this to give year 1 children support informationfor individual writing targets. Click here for more details andaccess the level 1 writing codes / audio files.@primarypete_
#21 Create a virtual tour of the schoolPut some QR codes around the school. • One in the entrance - linking to a text of the school mission statement or URL of school website. • One in the corridor - linking to school vision. • One (or more) outside every classroom with planning of work being completed within, audio of music compositions or poetry recitals, slideshows of artwork etc. • One in the hall with an associated video clip/snippet of the Christmas/end of year show. • One in the library with associated audio clips of pupil book reviews. • ...others that you will inevitably think of. • Give visitors/inspectors a device when they arrive. Dughall McCormick @dughall
#22 Make Displays InteractiveAdd QR Codes to classroomdisplays to enrich and makeinteractive by linking to: • videos of how the display was made (e.g. making stuff in technology); • Blogposts on pupils commentaries on their added by artwork, poems, writing; John Sutton • Further information about @hgjohn the country, period in history, person etc; • A Google Form for feedback.
#23 Bring the web into the non-ICTclassroom.Set your class an online activity during alesson in an ICT classroom or as homework.This could be an exercise on a VLE courseor using a tool such as Lino-It. For exampleyou could have students research a topic(that they will later be assessed on) andcollaboratively collate their info on a Lino-Itcanvas.You could then generate a QR code fromthe canvas URL to be displayed in theclassroom or stuck into their books.While the students work on essays or anend of unit assessment they could scan thecode and access the information via theirphone. @jamesmichieHere is an example of a canvas andcorresponding QR code, generated usingdelivr.
#24 Add QR codes to any/ all worksheetsor handouts.Ive used QR codes with my students for a whilenow. Although recently I found using a URLshortening service (bit.ly) a great time saver.As well as being able to (alert) students of newresources via the department twitter and facebookpages, a QR code is automatically generated too. Saving the need to use another QR generator.The QR Codes are then added to worksheets andguidance papers, to allow students access toinstructions via their mobile phones.....Just in case they loose the handout!(right) is an example CLICK HERE to view toactual resource, @jamesgreenwood
#25 Create a more realistic class shopWhen learning about money, I know that many of us set up‘class shops’. Why not add another dimension to this by pricingup some of the class shop items with QR codes. Children canscan these to find out the price in the same way that itemswould have their barcodes scanned at the checkout of a realshop.After a while, you could have a sale and get children to adjustthe prices linked to the QR codes by 10% to extend learning.@OhLottie
#26 This video has a heap of ideas from McGuffey School District in Claysville, USA.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayW032sKtj8slide by AllanahK- video link from Keri Beasley
#27 Link directly into Google MapsSome QR readers, such as QR Scanner for iPhone, have aView on Map option after scanning.With this in mind, you can create a QR code for the name of aplace (Tour Eiffel) or its coordinates to be more specific(48.8583, 2.2945 - find this by clicking on the coordinates inWikipedia) and it will link students directly to that location inGoogle Maps.James Musgrave@jamesvaldera
#28 Linking reading books to onlineresourcesStick QR codes in reading books that the children take home.These could link to online comprehension questions for parentsor to websites that children can use to find out more informationabout the books or to related games that they can play.Emma Dawson@squiggle7 Commons Wikimedia
#29 jump scan contactsJumpScan [ http://jumpscan.com/ ] allows users to createpersonal profile pages that contain contact information -email, web address, twitter feed, facebook feed, flickr feed,etc. Rather than copying down someones information, justscan their QR code to see their contact information.Matthew Ragan@raganmd
#30 Scan from your Desktop / LaptopQR codes are great on mobile devices, but theres lots ofpotential for the desktop/laptop world as well. Applicationslike iCandy [ http://icandy.ricohinnovations.com/rocket2/ ]and a simple adobe air application by Dansl[ http://www.dansl.net/blog/?p=256 ] expand the possibilitiesthat come with QR codes.Matthew Ragan@raganmd
#31 - Explore Physical ModelsAttach QR Codes to aphysical object to allow for athorough exploration of theobject.For Example 1. Attach a QR Code to a skeleton etc and link to multimedia about that particular piece of anatomy(http://www.youtube.com/watc @mrrobbo h?v=sV-e0qolrt8)
#32 - Create a Kinesthetic ReadingAdventureCreate a "choose yourown adventure" storythat has individual QRCodes that need to bescanned in order toadvance through thestory.Place the QR codesaround the school toencourage movement @mrrobbo(See Picture)
#33 - Geocached QR Codes forrevision/testsUsing a GPS place a series of markers around your school(recording their position). Oneach of the markers place aQR Code that contains aquestion.Students move around using video - http://bit.ly/gAdiWGthe GPS to find the markersto therefore answer thequestions and get the clue to @mrrobbothe next marker.A great way to get peoplemoving during a test/quiz etc
#34- Futuristic Maths WorksheetsCreate a maths worksheet thathas QR Codes beside eachproblem.Upon scanning the code a stepby step tutorial is launched inYoutube explaining the processof solving the problem.Students can use when they Video - http://bit.ly/bsk0Qgare stuck on a particular @mrrobboproblem or to check their work.
#35 - Futuristic Books?1. Use a QR code generating website to create a code for the book.2. Print out a copy of the Code3. Attach the code to the book and return the book to its original location in the libraryImagine going to find a book, butrather than simply reading the blurbyou could scan a code to reveal ayoutube video with peopleexplaining the book, a podcast of Video - http://bit.ly/e9N3vWsomeone reading the book, a short @mrrobbotext review or even a website thatlists similar books.The possibilities are endless.
# 36 -The Newsletter with lots of linksRecently I wanted to pass on Glenn Malcolmlot of links within a Primary @glennmalcolmnewsletter (PDF) to conveywhat the children werelearning.Even with them all shortenedit would have been tricky forparents to type.So I made a QR code for mywebsite and let the parentssee the links on their phones.
#37 - QR Code Comic Tutorial • Creative Commons: Take, Use, Share! • Full size for download can be grabbed here. Created by Gwyneth Jones thedaringlibrarian.com
#38 - QR Code Twitter Polling Team QR codes with Twitter by using Zeek Interactive and a code generator to create a status update that can be used for polling your 1. Create your messages audience members. Make sure you identify the status update with a common hashtag so that they are easy to sort together. Quicker method: just use a text message. 2. Create your codes and poster — @altucker
#39 - Authentication We have just completed a project where we use QR tags to do authentication. Were going to use this in 2011 to let students log in to websites by scanning a QR code. The interesting bit is that you can use this to have kids that are too young to remember a password log in to educational services. You can find out more information about this (research) project here: http://www.egeniq.com/projects/ We did this project for SURFnet, which is the main ICT supplier for all dutch educational facilities. Ivo Jansch
#40 - Powerful QR Code Generator Just found a very powerful web-based QR Code Generator created by Kerem Erkan. The number of options is terrific and the Google Maps interface works really well. He has also developed a free iPhone app called Qrafter. tip: Al Tucker
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