Visualead is fantastic site that let’s users combine QR codes with images. You can upload any picture that you want and place your QR code right on top of it. Not only is it a great way to energize traditional black and white QR codes, adding images can help students distinguish between QR codes in different subject areas or lessons. This is perfect for younger students or English Language Learners. Whether you choose a picture of a globe for a Social Studies website or a number to match up to a question on an activity sheet, you’ll find lots of times to add images to your QR codes!
Users can create QR codes for free using Visualead or upgrade to have even more options.
SlideShare is a great resource for PowerPoint presentations. This website allows you to view presentations created by teachers (and all sorts of people) that may be useful for your classroom. It’s also a fantastic place to share your presentations with others.
Check out my SlideShare presentations:
- Working Together: iPad Apps that Facilitate Student Collaboration
- Free Assessment Tools for Classrooms Using One-To-One Technology
- Using an iPad with Free Applications in the Classroom
I usually only recommend free apps since I’m using a class set of iPads in my classroom and don’t have access to a volume purchasing plan. But for $0.99 Explain a Website is a must have teacher tool! This app acts as an internet browser and allows you to record your actions and voice as you navigate a website. You can write all over the screen, discuss features of the website, and save your recording to your iPads Camera Roll. Check out the clip I uploaded onto YouTube that gives a quick introduction to ClassTechTips.com!
Use Explain a Website to help show students how to navigate the websites they’ll visit in one of my common core aligned QR Code Scavenger Hunts!
I’ve been using QR codes in my classroom for scavenger hunts and as a tool for research. If you haven’t viewed my presentation on making your own QR codes and using them in the classroom, check it out here.
If I want all of my students to visit one website (especially one with a combination of characters that might be hard to type in) I’ll project the QR code onto my board and have all students scan it straight from their seats. This eliminates the printing, copying and distributing of papers and makes for a quick, easy scan for all students.
Try projecting this QR code and scanning it yourself!
Check out my lesson plan on using QR Codes in the classroom!
Here’s another lesson plan using QR Codes in the classroom!