QR Reader Download = Engaged & Integrated Children
Type of Technology: iPAD/Smartphone
SAMR Model Rating: Modification & Redefinition
Grade Level: All
Subject Area: All
QR Reader in the Classroom
After attending the awesome Professional Development day at the Apple Store and the Globe at the Junior High, I was able to walk away with a ton of tools to use right away in my classroom. This morning, I hopped on the opportunity to have my students download the QR Reader App (free in your app store), in order to link up to a task I wanted them to complete.
What is QR Reader?
QR Reader is an app that you can have your students download. QR stands for “Quick Response” , and is 2D bar code scanner/creator that is used to provide easy access to information through an iPad or smartphone. For students, after downloading the app, can can point their iPAD/phone at the QR barcode (that is created by YOU). It then, links to an app or site that the teacher has created. Below are two students after downloading the app, scanning from their devices, to link up to something I created for them.
How do I create a barcode to have my students use in the classroom?
Once you download the app, in QR Reader, there is a creator section where you can add (with the + sign in the top left hand corner) a number of things to link up with and created your code such as: a website link, an app, a phone number, an event, video, and many more. Once you link up to one of these things, it generates the QR barcode for you. This can be saved and projected on a screen, printed out and posted in different parts of the classroom, or shared via GoogleDrive.
(the Code that is created will show up like this)
(how to pick a type to link up to).
How did it go?
I decided to link up with my students to a few different things. The first thing I tired, was a quick Padlet (a discussion forum), where we discussed what their favorite parts of researching for their President Report were. It was really easy. It took less than 10 minutes to download the app, get everyone scanned, and typing at their finger tips. I was able to create the barcode through Padlet.
Later in the afternoon, I had created another QR code that linked to a website that I wanted them to watch a video and read an article. They were TOTALLY into this! I had a student run up to me after school and say “I scanned my cup that had a QR code!!” Students are taking the learning outside the classroom. There are QR codes all around us, on snacks that you may eat, drink cups, in stores, or even on video games. I want to challenge my students to continue to look for them outside of the classroom and see what they find!
I am looking forward to continuing watching their engagement and enhancing their learning through technology.