Scannable QR codes in the classroom may be just what you need to get your students interested in learning.
The first question always is… how do I make a QR code?
A great way to create them is with bitly, a free URL shortener that now automatically creates QR codes for your shortened URLs.
How can I use QR Codes with my students?
- Create a page on your wiki or blog, or craft an email or a handout to give to parents that includes links to student work. Along with the links, put a QR code for each of the virtual projects. This way viewers have the option to view immediately via their smartphone, and if they are viewing a print version, they don’t have to enter the URL into a computer.
- Use QR codes to link to additional resources inside your class materials.
- Put QR codes on all of the elements on your periodic table poster, link them to a wiki page, or better yet, a fun video showcasing that element. Challenge your students to come up with a better idea, and have them bring in their own QR code to assign to an element.
- Inspirational quote up in your classroom? Include a QR code that brings up a photograph or brief biography of the author.
- Have a classical poem up instead of a quote? Include a QR code that takes you to a podcast of the poem.
- Music teachers can create codes that link to podcasts of classical music. When you’re playing a particular piece in class, attach the related code on the music itself so students can listen to the recording at home.
- With any assigned book or reading, include QR codes linking to book reviews. Include codes to the online versions of your assignments, your classroom’s calendar of events with upcoming due dates, or related videos, articles, etc.
Tell us – how are you going to use QR Codes in your classroom?