QR CODES (Quick Response Codes)

...are a type of barcode that may be scanned by portable devices such as cell phones. Attached to each QR code is data (like your email signature information, a link to a website, a document, a photo or video clip).

Try this one out. Use your cell phone to scan it.


There are a gazillion uses for these things. Here's an example. Students can research, write, photograph, and otherwise create "tours" of a local habitat (such as our environmental lab) and laminate codes linking to the information. These could be attached to trees. People touring the environmental lab could scan the codes with a smartphone and would be able to view the information students have written on the plants, animals, etc.

So, how do you create them????

One of the easiest ways is on this site. http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ Simply choose what you want the code to do after scanning. This one is pretty similar: http://www.itmt.co/qr/?gclid=CJeOgL258acCFcE65QodkQUYaA
Google's url shortener site gives a qr code with each url you shorten: http://goo.gl/
Create t-shirts with the QRs: http://goqr.me/ or just make your business card with this site as well. Change colors and more. This one is amazing!!! http://keremerkan.net/qr-code-and-2d-code-generator/ This one works well for MAC - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/optiscan-qr-code-scanner-generator/id304099767?mt=8

As mobile learning and technology is more readily integrated within classroom settings, QR codes can be used as an interesting method to capture a student’s attention and make lesson material more interactive.

Quick response codes, also known as ‘QR’ codes, are simple, scannable images that are a form of barcode. By scanning a QR code image through a mobile device, information can be accessed including text, links, bookmarks and email addresses.

In the classroom, QR codes can be used in a variety of ways — from conducting treasure hunts to creating modern CVs. Below is a number of articles, tutorials and lesson plans designed to help educators.

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Articles and tips from SmartBrief on EdTech:

1.) Twelve ideas for teaching with QR codes.

2.) 40 interesting ways to use QR codes in the classroom.

3.) 5 uses of QR codes in the classroom.

4.) QR codes in the classroom.

5.) QR Codes in the STEM Classroom.

6.) QR Codes in math class.

7.) 46 interesting ways to use QR Codes in the classroom. (Google Doc)

8.) 75 Teched Out ways to say good job.

9.) Desktop QR code tutorial. (YouTube)

10.) How i use QR codes in the classroom - A teacher’s experience.

Resources, software and lesson help

11.) The QR treasure hunt generator.

12.) QR Codes in Education LiveBinder - by Steven W. Anderson.

13.) Qurify - a QR code generator to create messages for students.

14.) QR Code Easter Egg Hunt.

15.) QR Codes Pinterest board.

16.) QRpedia.org – using QR codes to deliver Wikipedia articles to users.

17.) The periodic table of QR codes.

18.) QR Codes - Lesson and resources.

19.) Higher education and QR code use.

20.) Making lesson plans more interesting with QR codes.

21.) Tag My Doc - Assign QR codes to your documents.

22.) Ways to use QR Codes in the elementary classroom and using Google Docs to create them.

23.) “Resources that I’ve found for creating / using QR-Codes in Education“, Doug Peterson.

24.) How-To-Guide: Recording audio files and generating QR codes.

25.) Stimulating oral storytelling using QR codes. (YouTube)

26.) Interactive Bulletin Boards.

27.) QR codes in the classroom, Daring Library.

28.) Free QR Code enabled worksheets.

29.) 2 projects in math using QR codes.

30.) ZXing Project QR code generator. (Calendars, email, events, URLs)

31.) QR stuff, resources.

32.) eTools for Language Teachers.

33.) Scrapbooking Resources - Stickers, stamps, quotes & more.

34.) Quick Response (QR) codes: Examples of use in education.

35.) Four Ways QR Codes could revolutionize education.

36.) QR Code Scavenger Hunt with ESL students.

37.) How to use QR codes in student projects.

38.) Lesson plan: Flip Cameras and QR codes.

39.) Lesson plan: QR Codes and the National Grid.

40.) Using QR codes to create educational posters.

41.) Stickybits: Scan your mobile world for social learning.

42.) QR Codes in the school library.

43.) Resource Roundup: 20 creative shortcodes to use in your projects.

44.) Giant QR Codes in the Classroom.

45.) QR code software packages.

46.) QR Codes: A beginner’s guide.

47.) Examples of QR codes and school use.

48.) All about QR codes in your classroom.

49.) Hot QR codes in the classroom & library.

50.) QR Codes in education: Making print interactive.