Welcome to our last week of Tune into Technology! Although I’m sad to see this linky end, I’m also super excited because I’ve been waiting all summer to talk about my favorite teaching obsession—QR codes!
If you follow my blog, then you know that I’m all about using QR codes with my students and sharing my ideas and freebies with other teachers. If you’re brand-new to QR codes, here’s an intro video my tech coach and I showed at our recent QR code workshop.
My favorite site for generating QR codes is QR Stuff. You simply select your data type from the column on the left based on whether you’re inserting plain text, a website url, a YouTube video, etc. Then you download the QR code and insert it as an image into your document. Easy-peasy!
In order to scan a QR code, you need a device that has a camera, such as an iPad, tablet, iPod Touch, smart phone, laptop/desktop. You will need to download one of the many free QR code scanning apps to your device. A couple of my favorites are i-nigma and Scan by QR City.
My students use both iPads and their laptops to scan QR codes. Many people are unaware that you can scan QR codes on a laptop, but here’s a post I wrote about QR Journal.
I mainly use QR codes for self-checking purposes on my task cards during math workshop. Even though my students are essentially doing “worksheet-like” math problems, they have no idea because they are so mesmerized by the magic of QR codes. I love that my students can get immediate feedback at a center while I’m busy working with guided groups. If you’d like to try QR code task cards with your students, I have a set of mixed operations you can download for free by clicking the image below.
I’m sure my students would tell you that scavenger hunts are their favorite QR code activity, probably because they love moving around the room hunting for the answers. I posted in-depth about how I use QR code scavenger hunts HERE. If you want to try one for free, click on either image below. (I have both an upper and a primary freebie.)
My Freebies tab has several QR code activities you can download and try for free. I am constantly updating this tab so be sure to come back and check it throughout the school year as I have much more in store for you!
To thank all of you for participating in our summer linky and to hopefully encourage other teachers to try QR codes this year, I’m having a little giveaway. You can enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win $10 worth of QR code products from my TpT store. The giveaway will end Monday at midnight and I’ll be back on Tuesday to announce the winner and share a back-to-school QR code freebie! Be sure to also check out Learning to the Core's QR post and giveaway.:)