Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tried It Tuesday! QR Fun

I have been wanting to join Holly, Fourth Grade Flipper's Tried It Tuesday linky, but haven't been able to get myself organized.

For my first installment of Tried It Tuesday, I chose to share my experience with QR Codes. This seems to be a popular topic for this linky. My first experience with QR Codes in the classroom was last year. I stumbled upon a post by someone while stalking blogs. The post gave very specific directions on how the QR Codes were used to improve communication. I created a QR Code for my classroom website using qrstuff.com.

Then, I found a great tutorial this fall on using QR Codes in the classroom, by Mrs. Michelle White. She showed how to use a qr code to make a link to a Show Me video and a website, both easy things accomplished with QR Stuff.

 Shortcut to her worksheet

I was able to take it from there. I made a worksheet that used QR Codes as shortcuts or links to websites.

Google Docs

 (I learned that too many QR Codes on a worksheet are a bad thing when trying to save a Google Document. Save the document as a PDF file first. Google Docs sees all the shortcuts and cannot handle all the redirects.)

I made a QR Code to go with a novel we were reading.
From there I taught colleagues how to use them. I was even brave enough to teach a session at our iPad in-service last month. I included some of my favorite shortcuts as part of my lesson.
My students have become very good at using QR Codes. One has even made a scavenger hunt for us to use in the classroom. Blogging has exposed me to so many things that incorporate technology, like QR Codes. Have you tried them?


  1. I'm braving the waters of QR this week! Thanks for the tips. Wish me luck :)


    Fun in Room 4B

    1. Your students will love it. There are so many easy things to do with the QR Codes. Have fun!

  2. I wish we had iPads. We have laptops, so we use the computers a lot. We do not have any devices to scan the QR codes.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack
    Balancing the Backpack

    1. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have iPads. I would love to have laptops, too. I keep telling our tech guy that I want to be a 1:1 classroom! I think I would need a grant for that! Does your school allow students to bring their own device?

  3. I also wish we had more iPads to use. I get them once a week for about 40 minutes so it's difficult to plan. I have seen so many great ideas for using QR codes -- I think I need to find a grant!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  4. I admit I am a iPad hoarder. They change our sign out policy so I would have to give them up. We could have them for two or three days in a row. Now we get them for 3 half days. Since the policy change, they have sat idle three whole days that I know of. I couldn't have them because my time was already allotted for the week. :( We used a grant to purchase ours. Two neighbor districts piggybacked to also get them. We are trying for another. We really need more! Well, I need more anyway. Lol. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. This is awesome! I have pinned to explore later. I just started using QR codes but would like to create my own when I get the time...lol:) Thank you so much for linking up!
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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