What are QR codes?
QR stands for Quick Response, and is essentially a visual hyperlink. When you come upon a QR code, simply take a picture of it or scan it on your smartphone (apps that read QR codes are free and easy to download). Then, the QR code will automatically redirect you to a website, image, or text.
Try the QR code above as an example, it should link you back to this blog.
How can I use it in the classroom?
QR codes are a fantastic tool for making the classroom both interactive and a place of 21st century learning. By embedding them in activities or assignments, educators can appeal to the smartphone tendencies of modern-day adolescents!
Here’s 8 ways to incorporate QR codes:
- QR code scavenger hunts – put QR codes around the classroom/school and have students use smartphones to complete activities at each code, or receive clues to the next code
- Important links – put QR codes on handouts that link to important resources so students can directly access links via phones/computers
- News blasts – link QR codes to important school, community or classroom news for mobile publicity
- Assignment reminders – link QR code to list of upcoming assignments so that students can access list on their phones at all times (they’ll be less likely to lose this list!)
- Polls, quizzes, surveys – link QR codes to forms you want students, fellow educators or even parents on Back to School Night to fill out
- Video – create a QR code link to a video that you want students to watch but don’t have time to view in class
- Bibliography – create QR codes as bibliographies so students can instantly explore background information
- Do Now! – use QR codes as warmups, or exit/wind-down activities