What's a QR Code?

A QR code is a barcode that can be scanned with a variety of devices (including smartphones) that directs the user to a pre-defined URL. To the right is a QR code that directs you to my online appointment booker:

Why Use QR Codes For Instruction?

QR codes can be used in countless ways in the classroom.

  • Set up a scavenger hunt of QR codes.

  • Post a smattering of QR codes around the room directing students to different rich prompts (including visuals, images, or even videos) and have them record their responses in the moment. Check out this blog post outlining just that!

  • Post printed prompts around the room with QR codes linked to a system to record student responses.

  • Include a QR code at the end of a review that links to the answers so students can self-assess.

The possibilities are endless... Check out this blog post with even more fantastic ideas for using QR codes in your instruction. It links to yet another amazing resource with a few more ideas about how and where to use QR codes.

How Do I Use QR Codes?

In terms of choosing a QR code generator or reader, there are many options, including a google chrome extension. Here are a few recommendations to choose from:

QR Code Generator Websites:

QR Code Reader Apps (apple) | search the app store:

  • QR Reader for iPad

  • QR Code Generator

  • QREncoder

QR Code Reader Apps (android) | search google play:

  • QR Code Reader

Chrome Extensions (see steps below):

  1. Click The Apps waffle (9 dots) along the far left of your browser window (just below the search box)

  2. Click on the Web Store

  3. Type "QR code" in the search box

  4. Once you find the QR code extension you like, click "Add to Chrome"