Wednesday, November 13, 2013

QR Codes For Middle School

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Forgive me if I'm starting out too basic here, but this is for my non-techie colleagues who are exciting to try something new but don't have a clue where to begin.  (You know who you are...Ann!)  However...If you are a seasoned QR code user, scroll down a bit for some simple strategies to use in your classroom.

How do I create a QR Code?

Click the image below for a simple tutorial for creating QR codes to use in your classroom:

QR Generation links to explore: 

What apps are needed to scan a QR code?

There are many choices for QR scanning apps.  You will need to choose one that works with the devices your students will be using (ipads/phones).  Here are a few of the more popular ones to consider:

QR Reader for iphone
QR Reader from Kaywa
Qrafter- QR Code reader and generator (iphone and ipad)
Quick Mark (for desktop PC)

Okay...I know how to create and scan them, NOW what?

QR codes are fun because they make simple tasks interactive.   Here are some ways to get started using them right away in your classroom:

Science Labs:  Ever feel like your students rush through a lab procedure, omitting important steps?  Turn each lab step into a QR code.  Scanning each step will force your kids to slow down and process the main idea.

Study tools:  

  • Pass out QR codes at the end of a lesson for students to include in their notes.  (Print them on labels to save time!)  Students can visit the QR code for homework to view a short video, visit a website or access an important document from home.  Did someway say flipped classroom?
  • Do you teach in a classroom with ipads?  Create short tutorials using the SHOW ME app on the ipad and then have kids glue them into their notebooks.  This would be awesome for math!
  • Review Question Hunt: Put problems as QR codes in numbered Easter eggs or other small containers hidden around the classroom or outdoor area.  Kids can complete the problem and then scan the answer key (posted on the wall of the classroom) to see if they are correct.
  • My students are always asking for "review sheets" when a big test is looming.  How about creating an interactive review using QR codes?  Here is one I made for Ecology and Energy in an Ecosystem:  (Feel free to use it in your classroom)

Self-checking answers:  This one is so easy to do and encourages independence!  You can take any existing worksheet or task card set and turn the answers into QR codes for self-checking.  

Bell work or Question of the Day:
Post a question or task as a QR code projected on your board to immediately engage students when they walk into the room.

Learning Centers:  Post a QR code that will link students to the directions for a learning center.  Students can scan to find out the required tasks at a learning station.  If you are using ipads, include QR codes to videos and interactive websites as well!

Absent Work: Did we do anything when I was absent?  Don't you just love that question.  Use QR codes on a calendar to help students keep pace with your class when they are out.  If you post notes or activities on your website, use the QR code to direct them to the specific materials they missed.

Bulletin Boards:  Encourage interaction with your bulletin boards by posting QR codes that link students to more in depth information!

Posting important information outside your classroom door:  You can do this for events, clubs or your teacher contact information.  (Generate a ME CARD at
Create a digital business card for free at!

I'll stop here, but I could go ON and ON!  QR codes have so many possible uses in our classrooms.

Do you have a clever way to use them in your class?  Please share! 
I love comments and new followers :)

Happy Teaching...


  1. So many possibilities! Thank you for this post. I'm going to share it with some teammates that are interested in starting to use QR codes. I just haven't had time to sit down with them and show them all the cool things they can use them for.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. You are welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by Alison :)

  3. I love the QR codes on the calendar. It's a wonderful way to encourage students in this fast-paced technology age.

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