The App Store is full of QR code readers – most of which are free. My go-to QR code scanner is i-nigma. One reason I recommend this app at workshops and conferences is because it can be used on lots of different devices. If you visit their homepage you can see links for the Apple App Store, Android Market, BlackBerry App World and WindowsPhone Marketplace.
This means that i-nigma is perfect for schools rolling out a BYOD (bring your own device) program. It’s also great for teachers recommending a QR reader app to parents so that they’ll be able to read the information posted on a QR code attached to a newsletter or homework assignment.
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There are lots of ways to distribute QR codes to students and I discuss a handful of tips in my Udemy course on QR codes and differentiated instruction. This year at ISTE in Atlanta, I shared with teachers one easy way to add QR codes to three-dimensional shapes.
The app Foldify lets users create a template for a variety of three-dimensional shapes. Instead of drawing a picture or adding family photos, I used a QR code generator on my iPad, saved the pictures to the Camera Roll, and placed them on my Folidify creation. They are easy to assemble after your print them out and great for having students roll a dice for a mystery writing prompt or math problem.
Foldify isn’t a free app but it is definitely easy to use and a great choice for creating your own three-dimensional shapes!
QR Codes are a fantastic way to take students directly to a website and I’ve shared tons of ways I like to use them! If you want your students to find a picture without doing a Google Image search, it’s easy to create a QR code that takes students directly to a photograph.
1. Do an Internet search to find the perfect picture
2. Right click on the picture and choose “Copy Image URL”
3. Paste the Image URL into a QR code generator
4. When students scan the QR code they’ll be taken straight to the picture – not a website with text, advertisements or other links to click on.
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Try scanning this QR code :)
QR codes are such a fantastic resource for students – especially those who need a little extra support. QR voice is a free web tool that truly makes your QR codes start talking!
You can type a sentence into the text box on their website (100 characters or less) and QR voice will generate a QR code for you that turns your short message into an audio file. As soon as the QR code is scanned the message will be spoken aloud for students to hear. You can include this QR code on any activity sheet to give an instruction or reminder, provide the definition of a new word, or offer a helpful hint to struggling students. It’s a simple tool that can go a long way!
Here are three other posts on using QR codes in the classroom:
You’ve probably heard by now all of the ways I love to use QR codes in my classroom (scavenger hunts, with a projection screen, in the garden, to name a few!)
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.
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