I just love using QR codes in the classroom. They are quick to make, easy enough for students to use independently, fun, and free! For those of you not familiar with QR codes, QR codes are barcodes meant for quick scans with your cell phone or other photo device. You can download a QR scanning app like QR Reader (it’s free) or simply open the camera on your phone/ device to scan.
Ideas for Using QR Codes
Now that you know what QR codes are, it’s time to explore how to use QR codes in the classroom!
Quick Access to Videos or Websites
QR codes can be used to provide students with quick access to videos or websites you want them to use. This takes out the long process of having students type in links. Simply post a QR code for students to scan. it can directly take them to Provide students with QR codes to access digital resources related to the topic they are learning.
Classroom Scavenger Hunt
Instead of typing up clues and placing them around the classroom, use QR codes! Place QR codes around the room that lead to the next clue. What a fun learning activity!
Use QR codes to link to quizzes or assessments for students to complete on their own devices. Link to a Google form, website quiz, or other online assessment. This is a great way to differentiate instruction as well!
Have students create presentations and use QR codes to share them with their classmates. This could include pictures, texts, digital presentations, videos, etc. There are so many options!
Provide students with QR codes to access homework assignments or resources they can use to complete their work at home. This can be a great communication tool for both students and parents.
How to Make QR Codes
- Decide what you want to be on your QR code. Video link? Website? Online quiz? Choose where you want the QR code to take students.
- Generate a QR code. This can be done for FREE on various sites. My favorites are https://www.the-qrcode-generator.com and on https://www.canva.com.
- Print your QR code for your students to scan. I like using Canva for this…you can create your QR code on a document ready for student use.
Let me know in the comments below how you like using QR codes in the classroom. Happy scanning!
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