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Background Information: 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:

easy-qr-camera.jpgActivities and Resources Shared at the QR Station:Easyqr.png

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.

  1. Download and Open the Easy QR app on your iPad
  2. Tap the Scan 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)
  3. The QR Code (depending on the one you scan) will either display text or display a web site address to visit--use the easyqr-visit-button.jpgVisit button in lower right corner of the app to navigate to the web address.
  4. The Back button in the app will allow you to return to the main menu.
  5. The History button in the app will allow you to revisit any of the links you navigated to with the QR Code
  6. Continue scanning 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.
Using the Notes app 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.
  1. Turn on your iPad/iPod and open the Notes App: see the icon at left or run a search to locate the Notes app.
  2. Start a new page: Tap the + icon in the top right corner to add a new page.take-notes.png
  3. Label the page: Tap the newly created page and type “Prefixes” on the page using the onscreen keyboard.
  4. Type the prefixes: Continue using the onscreen keyboard to type the following prefixes--each on a new line (use the enter/return key)
    • Counter-
    • Dys-
    • Ante-
    • Inter-
    *use this page to take notes on the definitions as you scan the QR Codes and learn more about the prefixes (see at right)
  5. 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.
  6. Prefix Link: Navigate to each of the links below (click on the cards) and read the directions for the task and SCAN the QR code. Make sure you complete the entire task reading all the way to the bottom:
  7. 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 Easy QR. Turn on your iPad/iPod and open the Easy QR app. **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.easyqr-menu.jpg
  1. Open Easy QR and select the Text Button: easyqr-text-button.jpg
  2. 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
  3. Generate the Code & Save the Image
    • Click the “Generate” button
    • Tap the Share button 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.
  4. 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 GOQR http://goqr.me. Open your safari Browser and enter the address http://goqr.me GOQR will allow you to create a QR code for the following: http://goqr.me QR code generator
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  1. Student created book Reviews create-qr-code.png
    QR Code to view it

    Record student or teacher reading samples at http://www.recordmp3.org
  2. http://www.recordmp3.org Then generate a qr code for the students to be able to hear it played back

Handouts from the QR Station:

Ideas for Using QR Codes in the Classroom:

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