Thursday, December 27, 2012

Getting Started with QR Codes

Hi, everyone! It's Farrah, from ThinkShareTeach, here to share a quick and easy way to get started with QR codes in your classroom. QR Codes can be used for so many things, but I decided to start small in my classroom, and create a self-checking center game for reviewing renaming fractions.
Use your device to try out one of the codes!
The idea is that students rename each fraction using lowest terms, then scan the QR code to check their answers. So, how did I do it? It was so simple! First I designed my task cards and added everything except for the QR codes. Then I used two tools:

To make the code:
QR Stuff is a free, simple site to use for making codes. Since I started small, I decided to use my QR codes to give a text answer. On the site, simply choose the button beside 'plain text' and type the text that you want to appear in the content box. The QR code is generated automatically. You can change the color if you'd like or leave it black and white. Download it and insert it as an image.

To scan the code:
i-nigma is my favorite QR code scanner. It's free, and super fast. You can download it on your Apple device here, or from the Google Play store here. This is a screen shot of me using it just now. Sorry its a little tilted.  I literally had to snap it in less than a second because it read the code so quickly!

And that is it! I can't wait to try this game out on the kiddos in January. It will be my first use of QR codes in my fourth grade class. Hopefully, this has given you some ideas for getting started with QR codes as well. I'd love to hear your ideas for getting started, or how you're already using QR codes. 
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  1. Love Love Love this post! I have started using QR codes in my 6th grade classroom too. I've never thought of using it as a answer key. Such a great idea! I've used it in rotating stations where I have a different article or video in each station for student to read or watch. When school starts again, I'm also planning on having kids generate their own QR codes that link to documents in Google Drive that students created during a jigsaw activity. I am going to use the answer key idea too. Great job!

  2. Mrs. Meador,
    Thank you so much! I've been wanting to incorporate QR codes for a while, but have just now gotten around to doing it. I'm definitely going to put some of your ideas into practice, too. Thanks for commenting! I'm headed over to check out your blog now.


  3. OK so where do you have the code go back to? A website? google doc--and if so is it a image or pdf??

    Thank you
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