Well, that’s my QR Code from our #MSURecess this morning. What’s a QR Code? A QR (Quick Reader) Code is a 2-dimensional bar code that can be easily generated and then decoded with a smart phone (or other devices). When scanned/read, the QR code can activate the opening of a web page, dialing a phone number, sending an email or text message, and much more!
Where to Get a QR Code Scanner/Reader?
Some phones and mobile devices come with barcode readers already installed. If your phone doesn’t have one, go to Mobile-Barcodes and use the Quick-Find Reader tool in the upper right corner of the page. You can also do a Google/App search for “QR Reader” or “QR Scanner.” My favorite is RedLaser (and it’s free).
Creating QR Codes:
This is easy as 1-2-3. There are lots of different websites that will allow you to make QR Codes. One of my favorites is from Kaywa. Simply drop in the website you want the user to be directed to (or other information like general text, phone number or SMS message), click Generate and VOILA! A QR Code you can embed or print anywhere. I used QR Codify to make the QR code above
2 Truths & 1 Lie Quickfire Activity:
So – let’s enhance our community by trying to learn more about one another with a game called 2 Truths and a Lie. What is that game all about?
- Topics for Truths or Lies:
1) The only requirement is that you create your favorite (real or fake) playlist using your new Spotify Account.
2) Have fun and be CREATIVE with your other two pieces of information.
- Download your 3 QR Codes (as a jpeg image), and publish it as a new album on the Facebook Group.
- Download an app on your mobile device that will read QR codes. I love RedLaser. It’s free, and you should be able to find it in the app store of your device. At lunch, during your work time take a moment to comment on at least 5 people’s QR codes and try to decipher what is true and what is false.
But wait, why are we doing this? It’s fun and all – but what does it have to do with education and technology? The potential for QR Codes in education are extensive. Check out these innovative ideas by fellow educators: (OR search QR codes in Pinterest:)
- Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom
- How to Use QR Codes in Student Projects
- How McGuffey School District is using QR Codes in Education
- 50 Interesting Ways to use QR codes to Support Learning
- 50 QR Code resources for the classroom