QR Codes

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:
  1. Go to http://goqr.me/  (Other options are http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ or http://www.qrstuff.com/ )
  2. To create a code to text, click the TEXT tab and type or paste in your text.
  3. To create a code to a website, click the URL tab and type or paste in the website URL.
  4. The code will automatically be created on the right.  Click the OPEN button. 
  5. 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.
Step 2- Use the Code:
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:

Cool Lesson Ideas:
Art, Writing and Technology- audio based QR codes

Animal Habitats- text based QR codes

Other Ideas:

How have you used QR codes in your classroom?  Leave us a comment to share your ideas!


  1. Students created book trailers on youtube. Next, they created a qrcode for that trailer. These codes will be put into books in our school library for students to see a preview of the book.

  2. I used it to create a scavenger hunt review for calendar elements when I had to be out for a three day conference. Each QR code took the students to either a review page that allowed them to do ten or so problems and then gave them feedback, a game or a youtube video about the topic.

  3. I used QR codes to connect to videos for kindergartners to watch on iPads and solve with a partner. You can check out the details with a video here: http://pattonskindergartners.blogspot.com/2012/01/word-problems-with-ipads.html or the in depth teacher explanation here: http://pattonspatch.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-favorite-technology-integration-this.html

    Colleen Patton

  4. We used QR codes to go to Today's Meet where the students put in their favorite type of weather. After tallying the results on Show Me, the students made a picture graph to show the class's favorite weather.


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