“What is that thing? It looks like a bunch of pixely blocks. Like a broken version of Space Invaders”
“It’s a QR Code.”
“Umm… Did I tell you about my cat?”
As soon as you say “QR code” to most teachers, they blank out and go back to their comfort zones. The feel like they’re going to have to learn computer programming to figure it out.
Nothing could be further from the truth! Sometimes I think they should have named them “Warp Boxes” or “Magic Squares” to keep the intimidation levels down.
Imagine that these simple images are barcodes, and instead of bringing up a price for an item, they bring up ANYTHING you can find on the internet.
- Want your students to link to your twitter account? Use a QR code.
- Want to share a video lesson that students should go to for homework? Use a QR code.
- Have a complicated e-mail address that nobody can remember? Use a QR code.
Once you start thinking about it, the possibilities are endless. Check out how to build free and easy QR codes here:
It’s important that you be able to use a QR scanner, so make sure you’ve downloaded one onto your phone to practice with. There are plenty of selections to choose from, but here are a few just to get you started:
Now we all know that a good teacher learns by doing, so that they can teach. Here I’ve provided a few images for you to practice scanning! See what happens!
If you create your own QR codes or a unique way to use them, I’d love to know! Tell me about it below and share it with the world!