QR codes. They're everywhere... in magazines and newspapers, stores and restaurants. So what are they and how can you use them in your classroom?
What are they?
A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a two-dimensional barcode that is most commonly encoded with text or a web URL. The code usually consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background.
For more information about QR codes, check out the Common Craft video here: http://www.commoncraft.com/video/qr-codes
How it Works:
Step 1- Create the Code:
- Go to http://goqr.me/ (Other options are http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ or http://www.qrstuff.com/ )
- To create a code to text, click the TEXT tab and type or paste in your text.
- To create a code to a website, click the URL tab and type or paste in the website URL.
- The code will automatically be created on the right. Click the OPEN button.
- Your QR code will open in a separate window. You have 2 options:
- To print the QR code: Click FILE and PRINT.
- To save the QR code as a picture file to add to worksheets, blogs, wikis, web pages, etc.: Right click the code and choose SAVE PICTURE AS.
The end-user scans the code with a device (smart phone, iTouch, iPad, laptop with web cam, etc.) that has camera capabilities and a QR reader app. Some recommended apps are:
- Readers (Droid):
- QR Droid https://market.android.com/details?id=la.droid.qr&hl=en
- QuickMark https://market.android.com/details?id=tw.com.quickmark&hl=en
- Readers (Apple):
Cool Lesson Ideas:
Art, Writing and Technology- audio based QR codes
Animal Habitats- text based QR codes
How have you used QR codes in your classroom? Leave us a comment to share your ideas!