Qr codes in the classroom
I love QR codes! I use them for so much and my students love them!
I use the website www.qrstuff.com to create all my QR codes.
So here is 5 ways I have used QR codes and links for you to use them too!
1. To give students websites.
Instead of asking students to type in a website I simply create a QR code for them to scan and within 1 minute my students are all on the correct website- no typos and no Miss Keating it didn't work!
2. To listen to books.
I have a QR code library wall in my classroom that students can scan and listen to stories from the Two Teachers One Blog YouTube channel or www.storylineonline.org
My students are constantly asking if they can scan a book to listen too.
Recently our Prep teachers created folders with them for their reading stations.
3. As a way to engage my students
We recently did a lesson on Authors Purpose. In the past (in a device free classroom) I would give students different books and ask them to find the purpose or alternatively give them images of books and have them sort and glue them into their books under the headings Persuade, Inform or Entertain.
This time I gave my students QR codes and they scanned them and then circled the answer on their sheet. They got double the work done and there were less behaviour issues or students saying I don't get it.
4. QR Code Trivia
As eLearning co-ordinator I have been lucky enough to have been given time in each classroom, in my school, from P-6 to help introduce students to different ways of using technology.
As an introduction activity to QR codes, I created a QR code Trivia hunt for the 3-6 students. Needless to say they loved it and were engaged and able to complete the tasks independently.
5. In school newsletters
So this isn't exactly in the classroom but I have put QR codes into our school newsletter to link to storybooks for our students to listen to at home.
I have also used them to give parents easy access to website links, forms or extra information that couldn't fit in a normal newsletter. All parents need is a QR code app on a smartphone or tablet and they are set!
I hope this has given you some inspiration as to how you can use QR codes in your classroom to engage your students in their learning.
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