What can I do with QR codes?
Type of technology: App/Website
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: K-12
Subject area: All Subjects
Do you have a handout that could be supported by a video or website? Do you find yourself explaining the same set of instructions over and over again? Would you like to engage your students in a new way? Then try bringing QR codes into your classroom.
QR codes can be a fun way to make things more engaging and efficient in your room. If you would like to know exactly what QR codes are please see a great post by Mike Ringer titled Leveraging the Electronic Binky. In this post I want to show you how I have used them in my classroom.
I don’t know about you, but I spend way too much time helping students type in the correct URL when given a link. Now I just project a QR code on the TV which instantly takes my students to that super long web address.
As mentioned earlier, in AVID I sometimes find myself explaining over and over again how to fill out our Tutorial Request Form or how to interact with their Cornell Notes. These are things that need to be revisited often by some students so I decided to add a QR code that links to a youtube video explaining each part of the TRF and C-Notes. When students are at home or away from class they can use this to answer some of their questions.
“Mr. Aikins! I’m DONE!!!” I think, “Great, I didn’t plan on adding an extension piece to this particular lesson.” Now I have this posted in my room for each unit of study. I know we as teachers all come across videos that we would love to share with our students but often we don’t have time. Why not make it an extention or the “I’m Done!” wall.
Bring “New School” to “Old School”
What QR reader do I use? I personally like QR Code Reader by Scan. But there are many QR readers for free.
How can I generate a QR? Just like the QR readers there are many different websites that will genereate them for free. I like suggest keremerkan.net.
Just like any piece of technology, explore! You may find something that works better for you. I hope this post got you thinking about how you could use them in your classroom. Feel free to leave a comment below on how you use them in your room!