Friday, June 29, 2012

Using QR Codes in the Classroom

Hello, friends! My name is Mrs. K., and I'm the author of The Teacher Garden blog. I'm so excited to write my first post for Technology Tailgate!!

Have you been bitten by the QR code bug yet? I sure have! I can't wait to incorporate them into my classroom next year.

QR codes are those funky little squares you've probably seen on websites or promotional fliers; you scan them with your smart phone and get to see special coupons and other information. It's almost like a secret code. :) (If you need more information about what a QR code is or how you can generate your own, check out my blog post by clicking HERE.)

I've been busy brainstorming ideas for using QR codes in the classroom...turns out, there are lots of ways to use them to spice things up at school!

Here are some of my very favorite ideas for using QR codes in the classroom:
  • Give absent students the work they missed: Generate a QR code to whatever you did the day before. You could link to the worksheet you gave to the students, a video presentation you showed, an explanatory YouTube video, a link to the class discussion, etc. You can even link to plain text to give students instructions! Post that QR code on the calendar. Students who are absent need only to scan that code to access what they missed while they were gone.
  • Show students' latest achievements in the hallway: Decorate your bulletin board with student names and/or pictures. Allow students to pick work they're proud of and generate a QR code to it. Post that QR code on the bulletin board underneath their name/picture so that passerby can scan it quickly to see achievements. 
  • Help parents shop: Generate a QR code to a class wishlist or school supply list and put the code on the class newsletter. Parents can scan the code before a shopping trip so that they always have a list of needed items handy.
  • Give instructions: Attach an audio file of yourself giving instructions (say, at centers). Students could scan the code when/if they need help or an extra reminder. 
  • Take attendance/lunch count: Post a QR code by the door so that students can scan it immediately upon entering the classroom. The code can link to a warm-up question (a Google doc questionnaire would work perfectly for this!) or even a multiple-choice question about what each student wants for lunch. As students respond to the questions, you get an attendance and lunch count.
You can find lots of other ways to use these neat little codes on my blog; just click HERE.

I'd love to know other ideas you have for using QR codes in the classroom!


   
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12 comments:

  1. I love the idea, but don't they need a smart phone or something to do that? =)

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    1. They can also use an iPod if it's on a wireless network. A bunch of my kids have iPods and iPads. I just let parents know when we were going to do an activity and they sent them in with kids with neoreader (or an equivalent) already loaded. Of course one time I did have one parent send an email that she was sorry she couldn't send in her phone that day because she needed it for (insert reason that I can't remember). Apparently her kid was trying to con her into borrowing it.

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    2. Well I am just jealous because we don't have those in the classroom. =(

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    3. Hi, Ginger. Yes, the class would need access to an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android phone for this to work. There is a program called "Snap my Info" that allow you to use this with just a regular (non-"smart") cell phone and e-mail access, but I haven't tried it myself, so I'm not sure how well it works.

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  2. I live the achievement idea. I will definitely have to try that this year - maybe for open house.

    Thanks for sharing some fun ideas for QR codes.

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  3. Last year I was bitten by the bug and become obsessed with QR codes. Our school is very fortunate and we have lots of technology at our fingertips. Each grade level has a cart of iPods so I was able to take QR codes and run with them. The amount of things that can be done are amazing and the list is endless. I created scavenger hunts around the classroom, inserted them into books (reading a-z, guided reading books, trade books, etc.), made matching activities, etc.etc.etc. I just stumbled upon this blog and cannot wait to see what is here and possibly offering my ideas :)!

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    1. That sounds amazing! Your student are lucky to have such an innovative teacher. :)

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  4. QR Codes are wonderful fun! Feel free to visit my blog to learn how to make and play QR Tic-Tac-Toe. You can also make a VCARD for Meet the Teacher or Open House. Parents scan it and your contact information goes directly into their smart phone.

    Michelle
    http://owlsareahoot.blogspot.com/2012/07/qr-codes.html

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  5. How do you use the audio file? How do you download the audio file for a QR code?
    Is it also possible to make a audio file to put on my weeble page?
    hopr10@yahoo.com
    I desperately need to know. :)

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  6. How do you use the audio file? How do you download the audio file for a QR code?
    Is it also possible to make a audio file to put on my weeble page?
    hopr10@yahoo.com
    I desperately need to know. :)

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