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  1. Participants will identify how qr codes can be used to engage learners.
  2. Participants will explore the use of qr codes as gateways to learning activities.
  3. Participants will examine how qr codes can be used to maximize instructional time.


What is a QR code?

Discussion: How do you use QR codes now?

Why Use QR Codes?

Get your students anywhere you want them to go in one step!!

  • To a website: one step to get your students doing research on a site you choose!
  • To a question, an answer, a clue: link your QR codes to any question, task, riddle or clue.
  • To a video: link your QR code to a Discovery Education video for a quick trip to multimedia related to classroom content
  • To your blog: direct parents and students to information related to your classroom.
  • To your voice: create vocabulary word flashcards that include a QR code. When scanned, your voice can share the definition of the word and the correct pronunciation!
  • To a book review: have students review books they have read and attach a QR code to the book cover for others to view a review before they choose!

QR code readers

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QR Reader for iPad
QR Reader for iPad

Sample QR Code Activities

QR code creators

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Generate QR Codes in a variety of formats and colors
Download, print, or email QR Codes
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Requires an account but is free only for static QR codes

QR for URL, text directions, contact information

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Generates QR activity with questions and answers.
Downloadable QR codes
No account required - can insert password to access scavenger hunt to make changes
You need to store the URL of the scavenger hunt and the password!
Requires account - Log into your district Google account then go to the link for
Advantages - stored QR codes, statistics, unlimited
Click on details to see the QR code - drag and drop to your desktop
Disadvantage - URL only
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Free, 50 color QR codes in cool shapes!
Log in through Google
Chrome extension - Anything to QRcode

Requires account - Log into Chrome using your district username and password
URL only - navigate to the website - click on the extension - you can name and save the QR code to anywhere on your laptop.
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Free, no account needed, just type the words that you want verbalized when the code is scanned


What is YOUR favorite????===


QR Codes - Who Knew? Pinterest Board
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Kathy Schrock's Guide to QR codes in the Classroom

QR activities

40 Interesting Ways to Use QR codes
LiveBinder (libguide) of QR code ideas
Teachers Pay Teachers free activities
QR Codes in the Classroom
Exploring the Educational Potential of QR codes
Ways to Use QR Codes in the Elementary Classroom and Using Google Docs to Create Them