Do you QR? I have been crazy about QR codes for awhile now. I have countless QR codes all over my classroom (I even have them at home)! For those of you who do not know what a QR code is, it is simply a metric barcode. By using a QR generator, you can use it to link to virtually any information to this barcode including video, text, pictures, websites, email addresses, contact information, and social media sites. The barcodes can then be read by a QR reader. QR readers are available for free on tablets and smartphones. Once you have downloaded the app, you just scan the barcode and you are taken to the programmed information. I have use them for everything from center instructions to interactive treasure hunts. The students LOVE them. They are incredibly simple to use and just as easy to create. There are many free QR generators available online. I have two that I use regularly and one that I save for when I am feeling fancy.
QRstuff: This website offers free QR code generating. It has a very simple user interface. To create your code, you click on the type of information you want to link to it, enter the information, and click the download button. It then gives you a jpg QR code that you can use just like you would with an image. You can print it by itself, add it to documents, or use it online (website, blog, Facebook, etc...)
i-Google QR widget: Google also has a simple widget that you can add to your toolbar to allow you to create codes on the fly. What I like about this is that if I find a website or resource that I would like my students to investigate, I can quickly generate a code with the push of a button.
Visualead.com: Visualead is a subsidiary of QRstuff. Visualead allows you to create QRs that have an image embedded in the pixels. It is mostly free, but if you want your QRs really fancy, you can pay for the services. Below is an example of a free QR:
With Visualead, you can use images from their library or you can upload your own images.
Once you start using QR codes you will be amazed at how they will engage your students and even make your job a little easier. Over the next week I will be giving you tips for using these codes in your classroom. I will also have some fabulous QR code freebies so that you can try them out in your classroom!
Today's freebie is a QR math game. This is a simple game that provides a review of second grade math standards. To download the file, just click on the picture below. I hope that your students like it as much as mine do! All of the instructions are included. If you would like to stay up to date on my freebies, just follow my blog!