Saturday, June 9, 2012

QR Code Resources

A QR (Quick Response) Code is a barcode arranged in a two dimensional matrix.  First designed for the automotive industry, QR Codes quickly found applications as UPC barcodes.  In June 2011 over 14 million QR Codes were scanned in the United States.

QR Codes are a quick and easy way for you to introduce Web 2.0 tools into your classroom.  If you are not familiar with QR Codes here is a primer for learning everything you need to know to get started with QR Codes or just enough to make you dangerous.

The How To:

QR Code Implementation Guide - This is a great guide for preparing yourself to use QR Codes, generating QR Codes and trouble-shooting problems before they arise.

QR Codes in the Classroom - A listing of QR Code Generators and QR Code Readers for desktops and mobile learning devices.

Lesson Ideas:

Tales of ThingsWouldn't it be great to link any object directly to a 'video memory' or an article of text describing its history or background? Tales of Things allows just that with a quick and easy way to link any media to any object via small printable tags known as QR codes. How about tagging a building, your old antique clock or perhaps that object you're about to put on eBay?

Using QR Codes to Create Educational Posters - Update old textbooks to make them more relevant and reflect the new learning in a domain or field.

QR Code Treasure Hunt - A great jumping off point if you are allowing students to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to class.  This lesson will get the students moving, using technology and learning.

How to Set-up QR Code Treasure Hunt - A QR-Code Treasure Hunt is a fun, simple way to get students using their mobile devices to continue learning outside of lesson time. Here's how we set one up at the International School of Toulouse with some guidance on how to do the same with your own students using the QR Treasure Hunt Generator at

Twitter QR Code Bingo - This will create random bingo boards that will tweet out the question when scanned with a QR code reader. Have students then append something to the tweet.

5 Real Ways to Use QR Codes in EducationQR codes… Disposable fad? Or useful technology? Opinions on whether QR codes are of real value is a hotly debated topic. But regardless of polarized views on the technology, there are some teachers using QR codes in education in some very inventive and exciting ways. 

QR Voice Example
QR Voice - This is an easy to use resource that allows you to type in a quick message and then create a QR Code to access the digital voice recording.  Great for recording quick (100 characters or less) reminders or tips for lessons.  This is a nice tool if you are interested in flipping the classroom.

12 Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes - 12 ideas for safely integrating mobile technology into your classroom and leveraging mobile technology to your advantage.

QR CODE GAME OR SCAVENGER HUNT  QR Codes — those little squares that, when viewed through smartphones lead to videos, sounds, or websites — can be used to create multiple-choice questions and answers. Here’s how: a QR is “broken” into pieces that are linked to questions and answers. Students can drag the piece next to the answer they think is correct into a grid, and the pieces form a QR code. If the answers are all correct, the QR code reveals a video. If not, nothing happens. But students can adjust answers until they get it right. To make it easier (for the teacher) and more visual, each QR code piece is colored. The grid, coloring, and QR code construction can all be all done in PowerPoint, but any software with graphic capabilities, such as HyperStudio, works well too. The low-tech alternative is to simply cutting up a QR Code and stash it along the path of a scavenger hunt. The teams can bring back the pieces and reassemble them to uncover the video, still, or sound that the QR code that appears on their smartphone. 

Additional Resources:

QR Code Resources and Links - More resources and links for lesson ideas

UQR.ME - Create dynamic QR Codes

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