Just connected with a fellow educator on Twitter and shared some ideas about QR codes in the classroom. I decided that since I'd already typed it up once, might as well share it here as well for anyone who might be interested!
I have used QR codes in a few ways in the classroom, depending on subject/academic level.
In CHC2P, we use a lot of fill in blank notes to study from for the exam but finding answers in a textbook or in a word bank becomes dull... so I've done this a few different ways.
#1 - Put "numbers" on the blank spaces on the worksheet. They find the same number QR code and write down the answer. (Could end here for elementary students). OR, once students have scanned the code, a CLUE about the word (a photo, a phrase, or scrambled letters) appears. They have to SOLVE the clue to get the word that they are supposed to write in the blank space.
#2 - Put QR codes up with the actual words that go in the blanks but no numbers! They have to scan all the codes, write down all the words and then use online, textbook, deduction skills, etc. to decide which word goes in which sentence.
#3 - Question scavenger hunt.
a) QR codes around the room/school reveal questions (big ideas usually) and the students then have to go online to find "digital" answers. Or, for something different, QR code "answers" ... provide an answer and the student has to create a logical question that would be answered by my QR "answer". This helps students understand how to formulate good questions and will help them when trying to study for tests and answer test/exam questions.
b) Have a question sheet and send students around the school to find answers. Each QR code gives the answer to a question plus a clue about where in the school to find the next code.
#4 - QR code matching.
a) Some codes reveal photos and some reveal words; students have to match the QR codes together. Ex: "Code 14 and Code 2 go together because code 2 said deciduous and number 14 was a picture of a maple tree." This helps develop thinking/application skills.
b) Some codes reveal vocabulary and some reveal definitions - great for English class! Match the definition to the word and then have students create and tweet or blog (!) their own sentence using the word with the proper context!
#5 - QR code solving - can't take full credit for this (not a Math teacher!!) but a twist on something that a colleague does! The teacher puts up an equation on the Smartboard; QR codes in the room reveal 4 possible answers. Students have to scan all the codes and analyze them against the equation. Then, they decide which answer is correct and justify it! Or... have students solve equations and then "scan" to see if they are right.
#6 - Some of my colleagues put QR codes on the bottom of worksheets (or around the room), with links to information to supplement understanding. Ex: Having trouble with question 5? Scan QR code 5 to watch a video about the Battle of Dieppe (to help refresh their memory).
Jerry Blumengarten on Twitter is a great connection; he has a massive amount of resources on his website. I didn't get a chance to use it last year but plan to use his site this year to come up with even more ideas!
Here's his QR code page: http://cybraryman.com/qrcodes.html
Hope this is helpful to new QR code users out there!
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Hi! I'm Megan. 21st century learner and teacher. I am passionate about DI, assessment, student success and #edtech. My blog is where I share what is happening in my classes, my professional learning and sometimes things that are on the outer circle of education. Comments always welcome!