QR (Quick Reference) Codes act as bar code that students can scan using their iPad and the i-nigma app. Once scanned the app will send them to the URL that the QR code is linked to. Creating QR codes is easy and with QRcodemonkey, this site is free, simple to use and allows your to customise your codes with images and colours. Today we will explore the web browser version. QRcodemonkey does have an iPad app which has some cool functions superior to the web browser, however until we have access to printing from our iPad’s it is a lengthy process to print such codes.
Why use QR codes in the classroom?
QR codes allow teachers to create varied pedagogy and transform teacher instruction to make effective use of technology. There are endless ways to use QR codes in the classroom.
Some common uses are:
- Direct links to reputable websites – control the content that your students access to ensure they are sourcing information from web pages suitable to learning outcomes and that are age appropriate.
- Commonly used sites – do you have a site that your class uses each lesson? Create a code to stick on the wall which directs students to the website
- Create scavenger hunts around the classroom/school – provide students with a question sheet that they will have to scan the codes to to access information.
QR codes are great for any teacher as they are easy to create and students love the excitement of the unknown.
How do we make QR codes?
Watch the video below to learn how to create a QR code using QRcodemonkey.
How do you scan the code?
The i-Nigma app is our preferred QR Code scanner. Simply open the app and line up the code to the marked area on your iPad screen – once the code is scanned it will send you straight to the URL or text that is linked to that code. As of September 2017 Chrome app on iDevices now has an inbuilt QR code scanner. The likelihood is that Safari will probably also move this way?
Tips and tricks
- Combine thinking routines (See, Think, Wonder) with QR codes by giving students a ‘mystery box’ of QR codes to try and work out what topic they will be studying.
- Create QR codes which link to collaborative documents which students can work together on a group project.
- Combine text and URL codes to create a scavenger hunt to add a competitive and fun element to learning activities.
- Ask students to create QR codes to URL’s that they commonly use in class
- Use QR codes to promote events or direct students and staff to survey links.
— Rolfe Kolbe (@rolfek) May 21, 2015