QR Codes & iPad
QR (Quick Response) Codes originated by a Toyota Subsidiary in Japan where they were used in the automotive industry to track vehicles in assembly. QR codes are black and white two-dimensional square codes on a white background. Once you know what a QR code is, you will begin seeing them everywhere---magazines, pizza boxes, stores (I even found one on the sticker of my banana linking me to the Dole web site :) Want to know more? This
Common Craft Video
gives a great overview.
The way QR Codes can be used in the classroom is only limited by our own and our students’ imagination. A few waays to use QR Codes include:
Take students to websites without the need to type in an URL.
Provide information ‘hot spots’ throughout the classroom to access online videos, websites, text that is related to curriculum and instructional material.
Adapt text/books by including QR Codes – providing additional information via text, video and audio
Adapt text/books by including QR Codes – providing text or audio in an alternative language
Attach QR Codes to the classroom calendar / timetable to point to information about upcoming class events, assessment reminders, etc.
Take students to a website you are browsing on an interactive whiteboard. Using the Mobile Barcoder add-on for the Firefox web browser, quickly generate a QR Code and have students scan with their own hand held device.
QR Code scavenger hunt
QR Code Tools:
: available for most mobile devices (iPhone--works on iPad & iPod, Android & Blackberry)
for Mac Desktop Mac QR Reader
simple all in one QR reader and creation tool.
Scan for ipad/ipod
: very simple and recently updated to add new features.
for reading QR codes on desktop computers (must have a camera to capture)
iPod App that reads QR codes and also allows for the creation of QR codes on the mobile device.
Top QR Code Readers
: 2d Code from the UK has created a listing of the top QR readers--if you are looking for a reader other than those listed above, this might be a good starting point.
QR Code Creators (Qrafter & Easy QR listed above also create QR Codes on your mobile device)
(web site to create QR Codes--use on iPad with Safari or a laptop)
: Create beautiful colorful QR codes
Top 10 Free Online QR Code Generators
Create a Custom QR Code at:
Activities and Resources Shared at the QR Station:
Activity #1 Scan QR Codes Using the
Easy QR App
In this activity you will learn more about QR Codes and how they are being used in education.
Easy QR app
on your iPad
button along the left side to scan each of the three
QR Codes at this link.
Line up the QR code you want to scan by using the thin white lines--it seems to work best if you put the QR code in the center of the square (see the image on the right)
The QR Code (depending on the one you scan) will either
display a web site address
in lower right corner of the app to navigate to the web address.
in the app will allow you to return to the main menu.
The History button in the app will allow you to revisit any of the links you navigated to with the QR Code
until you have scanned all
three QR Codes.
Activity #2 QR Codes & Vocabulary:
In this activity you will learn the meaning of four prefixes that assist in "decoding" vocabulary words.
that comes preloaded on all iPads and the
Easy QR app
a series of Vocabulary Cards with QR Codes will be scanned to learn more about four prefixes.
Turn on your iPad/iPod and open the Notes
: see the icon at left or run a search to locate the Notes app.
Start a new page
icon in the top right corner to add a new page.
Label the page:
Tap the newly created page and type “
on the page using the onscreen keyboard.
Type the prefixes:
Continue using the onscreen keyboard to type the following prefixes--each on a new line (use the enter/return key)
*use this page to take notes on the definitions as you scan the QR Codes and learn more about the prefixes
(see at right)
Quick Access the Suspended Easy QR App
Double click the home button to return to your suspended Easy QR app (or use the four finger up slide gesture)—you will see the icon in the menubar along the bottom of your device/iPad.
Navigate to each of the links below (click on the cards) and read the directions for the task and
the QR code. Make sure you complete the entire task reading all the way to the bottom:
Quick Access Your Notes:
Double click the home button to access your suspended notes app. (or use the four finger up slide gesture)
After completing each card,
add the definition of the prefix to your vocabulary page in the Notes App on your iPad.
Activity #3 Creating a QR Code:
In this activity you will learn how to create a QR Code using
Turn on your iPad/iPod and open the
**If you have been using Easy QR in the previous activities you can tap the home button twice to access the app or use the
four finger up slide gesture. Easy QR will allow you to create a QR code for the following: Text (including we address to access sites, videos, audio files, etc.) and Contacts.
and select the
Add the Text
you want included in your QR Code
Using the keyboard on your iPad/device type your name and e-mail address
List five IPad apps you have found useful in the school setting (or ones you have heard of today or from your readings, friends, peers, etc.)
Above: Example of Step #2 with Easy QR
Generate the Code & Save the Image
in the top right corner and
Save to your Photo Album and e-mail it to someone else at the workshop
Check your QR Code
by tapping the
Scan Image button
and selecting the
QR Code that you added to your Photo Album.
Scan the QR code of the others
in your group using the Easy QR App (Scan Button) to exchange information and ideas on apps
Activity #4 Creating a QR Code to help students with reading Fluency:
In this activity you will learn how to create a QR Code using
Open your safari Browser and enter the address
GOQR will allow you to create a QR code for the following:
QR code generator
Student created book Reviews
QR Code to view it
Record student or teacher reading samples at
Then generate a qr code for the students to be able to hear it played back
Handouts from the QR Station:
0-QR Codes Directions.pdf
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2b-Vocab QR Cards.pdf
3-Create a QR.pdf
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Ideas for Using QR Codes in the Classroom:
45 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom
THE Journal Article
--read about how a science teacher is using QR Codes in the classroom
Edutopia (one of my favorite reads) article
--ideas on using QR Codes
QR Codes in the Media Center
--feature article in Edutopia (did I mention this is one of my favorite reads!)
--Ideas and links related to QR Codes---a great one stop shop
Blog on Using QR Codes in the Classroom
--A teacher shares ideas--nothing better than the "tried and true" experiences
Resources from ESU#6
(Special Thanks to Lynne Herr)
10 Ways to Use QR Codes in Schools
-- looking for ideas, this is a great place to start
QR Codes in a History Classroom
--specific to history but adaptable for other subject areas.
Oklahoma Elementary School Uses QR Codes to Support Learning
Excellent Overview of QR Codes in the Classroom
10 QR Code Resources for Librarians and Educators
Using QR Codes to Promote Reading
- The Adventures of Library Girl
QR codes that deliver audio message with
Use QR Voice for mobile
QR Codes at a Glance
- Great printable poster with QR Code Overview From Gwyneth Jones,
The Daring Librarian
The Nuts of Bolts of QR Codes from The Don't Waste Your Time Blog
QR Code Treasure Hunt Generator Tool
Steps to Create a Math QR Code Sheet
Library Girl's QR Code/Book Feedback Bookmark
Tag My Doc
this is a new service where you can assign and print a QR code on your documents
Additional QR Code Education Activities:
Book Review QR
Book Review QR Code:
Use a QR code to point students towards a book review of a classroom library book. These can be student written or a website with reviews. Put the QR codes on the inside flaps of books, on bookmarks or on the bookshelf next to the book to get the students interested in the book. Another book connection with QR codes is to generate a code that lists more books from the author that are available in the library, a link to the author's web site or to other reviews in Amazon.
Scan the code on the right to see and example:
QR Codes to Direct Students to Web Sites:
Use a QR codes to make it easier for students to quickly navigate to a web address without having to type in the URL--this is especially helpful when working with younger students who have trouble typing in numbers, symbols, and longer addresses. Primary teachers are putting QR codes in learning stations that navigate to a web site where they have audio files giving the students directions on what they are to be doing at the station. Think of word card with a QR code that takes them to a picture of an object that represents the word or a video file of the teacher giving the student examples.
Scan the code on the left to see and example that navigates to the esu3ipads site you are using
Scan the code on the right to see an example of a QR code that gives students directions.
Use Existing Product QR Codes in a Math Lesson:
Give students multiple items with QR codes attached. (Dole bananas have QR codes on their stickers) You can use existing QR codes that come on products or create your own using Easy QR. Students then scan the QR code to find the value of the item and work math problems related to the price tag on the item. Below are two examples:
Price 1 Code
Scan the codes on the left and right to see QR code price examples
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