Using QR Codes in the Classroom
Type of Technology: Website and App
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: All
Subject Area: All
Description of lesson taught: Instead of doing the old slideshow presentation for my library orientation this year, I decided to have students do a QR Code scavenger hunt instead. It was so much fun and everybody loved it!
I started by creating the content I wanted the students to see. For my orientation, I used Adobe Voice, Google Slides, and YouTube for content creation but you could use anything that has a URL (website address).
Once I had the content ready, the website I used to create the QR codes is https://www.the-qrcode-generator.com. The best part of this website is you don’t need an account and you start by clicking “Generate” on the left column. Next you click on the “URL” option in the middle column and paste in the URL that you want to use (the URL to your Google Slide, YouTube video, website, etc.). Once you paste in your URL, it will generate a QR Code in the right column. There are a couple of ways that you can copy the QR code but I had the best luck with right clicking on the code and saving the image to my computer. Once I had all the QR codes ready, I printed them out, laminated them, and posted them around the library.
Next, I downloaded the “QR Code Reader by Scan” app on the iPads on our iPad cart (there are other reader/scanner apps but I liked this one the best). When the classes came in for the scavenger hunt I paired students up and showed them how to use the QR Code Reader app on the iPads.
Students then went around the library scanning the various QR Codes I had generated where they learned something about our library from each different code. What I loved best about this orientation was that students were able to independently go at their own pace; once they scanned the QR Code, they could move anywhere around the library to watch the content from that code. I finished this lesson with a Kahoot quiz on what they learned.
It was such a hit with students and teachers that I created a QR code for our school portal page (where students have access to all of our various programs: NEO, Google Drive, IXL, Databases, and more) and posted it in every classroom and around the school. A couple of our teachers immediately started using QR codes for centers in their classroom and one teacher is planning on using it for parents for Back to School Night. Another way I plan on using QR codes is to apply them to books in our library that will link to a student review or maybe an author interview. The possibilities for QR Codes are endless!
Below is one of the QR Codes I used for the library orientation. Scan it to learn how fiction books are arranged in a library: