Tune into Technology Linky: QR Codes

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.:)
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  1. I have been waiting for this topic all summer too! I'm excited for the giveaway. Thanks for hosting this linky party.

  2. I am excited about trying out QR codes in my classroom this year. Thanks for the post.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom
    Diamond Mom's Treasury

  3. Love QR codes! I use them for parents on Meet the Teacher night.

    The Sweetest Thing
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  4. I love reading about your QR codes but it makes me a little sad too. We only have 10 tablets in our whole school and we just got them in May! I think I may have to take time to get them all set up before school starts ready to scan! Thank you for the freebies - I download them and save them so I am ready to go!! I just know my students will love them - they love walking around the classroom answering questions with paper and pencils, just imagine if I gave them technology too!!

  5. I grabbed some of your freebies, but have your other QR products in my cart. I've learned so much from this linky this summer. You've been a fabulous hostess! THANK YOU! :)
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  6. I've been interested in QR codes for awhile, but you've really lit a fire under me to investigate them more! Thanks for linking up so that I could find you!
    Peacocks & Penguins

  7. Hi! So happy I found your awesome blog! My entire district goes 1:1 next month, and I'm always looking for new ideas! Thanks for sharing!


  8. Wow!! I haven't used QR codes in my classroom yet; I cannot wait to try them. Your post is very informative. I didn't know you could scan them with laptops. Thank you for the freebie!!
    Tales from a Fourth Grade MathNut