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It's easier than you think to create lessons with mystery.

A little mystery can go a long way when it comes to engaging students in the classroom. In this 3-Minute Classroom Problem Solver, SimpleK12's Teacher Learning Community presenter Kim Munoz explains how you can use QR codes to build lessons with mystery.

How to Create Lessons with Mystery

Create lessons with mystery using QR codes.

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. While it is possible to scan a QR code using a webcam, the simplest way is to use a smartphone or tablet.

These tiny barcodes offer a goldmine of possibilities for us as teachers. There are more and more apps, tools, and online resources appearing regularly to help us incorporate QR codes into our lesson plans. They're a lot of fun to use and students always love scanning the barcodes with their mobile devices.

In Kim's video above, she explains how you can create your own QR codes for free using QR Stuff. She then outlines a couple of fun activities you can do with students with your new QR codes. I personally love the idea of creating a QR code scavenger hunt (you can create one for free using this tool, QR Treasure Hunt Generator). Take a look at the video, and let me know what lesson you're trying out first!

About Our Create Lessons with Mystery Presenter
Kim Munoz is an Instructional Technologist for Franklin ISD and a former Bryan ISD middle school technology teacher with over 16 years of teaching experience. She has conducted well over 50 unique training sessions for SimpleK12, click here to take a look at more videos from Kim.