Tune into Technology Linky: QR Codes (Plus a Giveaway!)

Welcome to our last link-up for this summer’s Tune into Technology series.  Thanks to everyone who has linked up and inspired us to try new techie things in our classrooms.  Keep the great ideas coming!  This week’s topic is the one I’ve been waiting for all summer—QR codes!  QR codes are such an innovative and versatile learning tool, and we can’t wait to check out how you use them in your classrooms.  You can link up at the end of this post or at Learning to the Core.
Graphics by Teaching Super Power and Ashley Hughes
If you’ve been following my blog, then you’re probably aware that I’m *slightly* obsessed with QR codes.  We use them on a daily basis during math workshop with self-checking QR code task cards.  I love that my students can get immediate feedback while I’m busy working with small groups. 

My students use both iPads and laptops to scan QR codes.  Many people are unaware that you can scan QR codes on a laptop/desktop, but here’s a post about the app we use called QR Journal.  In the picture below, you can see one of my kiddos checking her work after solving a multi-digit subtraction problem.
I have created many QR code scavenger hunts because my kiddos often need to get up and move around during math.  Here’s how my math scavenger hunts work:  Students find the phone that says “Start” and scan the QR code to reveal the first question.  Each QR code leads them to the next phone until they complete the hunt.  They record their answers and show their work on a recording sheet, which I check at the end of math. 

I like to have my students work in partners so they can work through problems together and discuss their thinking.  Since my hunts are different colors, I can leave several skills up at the same time to differentiate and also to avoid traffic jams.  Below is a picture of two of my girls working hard on a place value scavenger hunt.
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Another way I get my students up and moving around is with I Spy activities.  They solve a problem and get immediate feedback by scanning the QR code.  You could hang up self-checking QR code task cards around your classroom to create your own I Spy activity. 
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One of my goals for this past year was to do more student-created activities with QR codes.  A couple of my high-achievers created their own scavenger hunt for nonfiction text features.  They cut out pictures from nonfiction magazines and used QRstuff.com to create the QR code clues.  The rest of the class took turns solving the hunt, and brought it to the little smarty pants to check their work.  Here’s a picture of some of the cards from the hunt.
We used the two bulletin boards in the back of the room for student-created interactive bulletin boards.  One was an inference bulletin board for which the students used clues to describe something without giving too much away.  They checked one another’s inference puzzles by scanning the QR codes.  The other was a word problem board.  Students could create any type of word problem for their classmates to solve by checking the QR codes.  I’ve never seen my kiddos so excited to solve word problems!
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Another one of my favorites was our U.S. Regions QR code bulletin board.  My students worked in cooperative groups to research one of the regions and put together their choice of presentation as long as it included the basic information I asked for.  The QR codes you can see link to various PowerPoint presentations, iMovies, websites, and Prezis.

I’m not a big tutorial person, so if you’re looking for step-by-step tutorials on how to create some of these activities, I’d like to direct you to my friend Tabitha’s blog.  On this page you can find very detailed tutorials on how to scan QR codes, create QR code resources, attach text, hyperlinks, images, etc. to a QR code.  She’s got some great freebies too, so go check her out!

I’ve embedded some links to freebies within this post, but here’s a list with some more if you’re interested in trying out QR codes for yourself this year. 



As a thank you for participating in our linky and to give more teachers an opportunity to try QR codes in their classrooms, Amanda, Aylin and I are having a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive their choice of $10 to spend in EACH of our stores.  That is a total of $30 worth of QR code products!  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.  This giveaway ends Friday night at midnight!

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  1. I LOVE the US Regions map with QR Codes. What a neat idea! Thanks for hosting this linky. I am looking forward to reading everyone's ideas :)
    The Techie Teacher

  2. I am DYING over all of these activities. Probably most of all over the US regions map, b/c that's a huge focus of our 4th grade curriculum!!! Thanks for the freebies to try some of these great activities out!!!! Now I'm going to spend a good chunk of time exploring all of your links! It's Elementary, My Dear!

  3. I love your regional map! How fun! My kids had a fun time writing riddles this past year with our science and social studies topics, I'm definitely going to have them create QR codes to display the answers now!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  4. I absolutely LOVE your student created content! I am definitely going to try more of that this year! I also loved your I SPY Freebie! I'm inspired to try creating some of my own! Thank you!!

  5. Thank you for writing this post! I dabbled a little in QR codes last spring, and I love the idea of using them more. Hopefully there will be a class set of Ipads in my near future so I can incorporate more of these great ideas!
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