Integrate QR codes in your classroom and get your students interacting with your lessons.
You know those little squares with seemingly random dots and lines on the sides of packages or on the backs of books or magazines? Those are QR codes (short for Quick Response Codes). This special kind of barcode provides additional information to anyone who reads it.
QR codes are becoming quite popular, mostly thanks to the expansion of smartphone technology.
For educational purposes, QR codes offer a goldmine of possibilities for us as teachers. Plus, students love them, and there are more and more apps, tools, and online resources appearing regularly to help us incorporate QR codes into our lesson plans.
Here are a few of our favorite ways:
1) Use the Treasure Hunt Generator create scavenger hunts.
Scavenger hunts are popular with students of all ages (okay… we adults love them too!). You can incorporate audio, text, or multimedia to help engage students and differentiate learning.
2) Poll students with Pollstogo.com.
Save some paper and view your students’ poll results instantly with this free polling tool.
3) Design digital stories with Fotobabble.com.
This site automatically generates its own QR code for each of your talking photographs.
4) Design interactive timelines with Capzles.
Create interactive timelines by posting QR codes in different places around the room.
5) Contribute to a mindmap with Popplet.
Link to your mindmap with a QR code, and let students contribute via their smartphones.
6) Explore difficult concepts with this QR Code Generator.
QR codes are excellent tools to assist with memorization of topics like the periodic table.