QR stands for “quick response.” This technology has been around for 15 years or so but more recently incorporated by teachers into classrooms. To view the QR code, you need a smart phone, a program that lets you scan them (there are many free aps available) and you must have an Internet connection at the time you scan it. The code links you to a file, website, or message. QR codes have been primarily used for advertising, but teachers have been finding creative ways to use them as an effective classroom tool.
Five easy ways I have seen QR codes used in classrooms are the following:
-Check classwork or homework
-Connect to a website
-Connect student displays or artwork to student written work or student information
-Extend learning by placing a QR code at a strategic place in an article or book and connecting students to a video or other online resource
-Connect students to exemplar work or example problems
The break during the holidays is an opportunity to look for new strategies and supports for the classroom. This year, I will be trying to find ways to use QR codes with my students after the break. Thanks, Ms. Ahl!