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Using QR codes

Sharing book reviews with QR codes

QR, or Quick Response codes, are barcodes that can be read using smartphones, tablets, laptops, and dedicated QR reading devices. A QR code is a simple a way to access a web address (URL). It is an image file that when scanned by a QR Code reader will access the URL it links to. QR codes link directly to articles, emails, websites, phone numbers, videos, social media pages and more.

Creating and reading QR codes

Reading QR codes

QR code readers are typically free.

Creating QR codes

Once you have found or created the content you want to share, there are several free code generating websites you can use to create a QR code.

Why use a QR code?

"At their best, QR codes can expand the learning experience and provide authentic tasks that take place in real-world settings."

Rikala, J. & and Kankaanranta, M. (2014) Blending classroom teaching and learning with QR codes

QR codes are an innovative way to provide a connection to a resource or information. They are easy to generate and can hold over 4000 characters of information.

QR codes:

  • enhance students’ learning experience 
  • enable students to create and share content with a wide audience for a purpose
  • are an easy way to give students web addresses
  • allow students to be more independent learners
  • are engaging and interactive
  • help promote the school to parents and visitors.

QR codes in the classroom

Konini School teacher, Vicki Pimenta shares her approach to using the literacy progressions and raising student achievement in reading. The literacy progressions are recorded by students and are accessible through QR codes in the classroom. Vicki found students are more confident in speaking about what they know and their next learning steps.

Learning contexts for using QR codes

  • Book reviews
  • Scavenger hunts or orienteering courses where each checkpoint is a QR code
  • Link to videos students have made, describe a process
  • Create audio books and link to these with a QR code
  • QR codes on school equipment.

Hillcrest Normal School librarian, Kim Bizo demonstrates and describes the process for making QR codes of book reviews with gifted and talented students.

Sally McDougall and her students explain their process for writing book reviews and creating QR codes to share them with the wider community. Using technologies as part of this learning process has resulted in improved written work, reading, oral communication, and confidence. Sally has found there’s that higher level of engagement because they’ve got an authentic audience.

US teacher, Karen Mensing shares how she uses QR codes in her junior classroom at TEDActive 2013. 

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Improving written and oral language with multimedia

Improving written and oral language with multimedia

Sally McDougall and her students explain their process for writing book reviews and creating QR codes to share them with the wider community.

Student ownership of reading goals supported by QR codes

Reading goals supported by QR codes

Konini School teacher, Vicki Pimenta shares her approach to using the literacy progressions and raising student achievement in reading.

Sharing book reviews with QR codes

Sharing book reviews with QR codes

Hillcrest Normal School librarian, Kim Bizo demonstrates and describes the process for making QR codes of book reviews with gifted and talented students. 

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Resources

Using QR codes in the classroom to enhance learning  

A range of reasons for using QR codes and practical ideas with links to code creators and readers, clearly explained and illustrated in this blog post.

QR codes in the classroom

Links to QR code readers and creators and lots of practical ideas for their use in the classroom from Kathy Schrock's website.

40 Interesting ways to use QR codes in the classroom

A crowd sourced PowerPoint.

Teaching young children to scan QR codes

A blog post with practical suggestions and short videos on using QR codes with young children.

50 QR code resources for the classroom

Links to articles, tutorials, and lesson plans designed to help educators use QR codes.

How to set up a QR code treasure hunt

Three steps describing how to setup a QR code treasure hunt using QR treasure hunt generator .

Twelve ideas for teaching with QR codes

Short, clearly explained ideas for using QR codes with older students are outlined in the Edutopia blog post.

Creating and using QR codes in the classroom

YouTube clip demonstrating how to create a QR code using Goo.gl (Google's own URL shortener) and qrstuff.com. Both sites are good for different uses, which are illustrated in the video.

The physical educator – Skill posters for mastery

PE skills posters for download with QR codes on them.

QR codes for the VLN

A blog post describing using QR codes as a tool in a professional development workshop.

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