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carolyn fruin
I like the idea of QR codes. Are there some general rules about how and why to use them?
Dec. 26, 2013 at 5:12 am
Paul Hannan
I've used them on my syllabus for quick reference to my class's website. It looked pretty cool (although looking at the QR usage numbers it was not used very often).

Actually one of my favorite uses of QR codes was written up by @jbormann3 (English teacher). He has a cool post on a crime scene QR code project on his blog http://jbormann3.sharedby.co/share/fRXbnT
Jan. 08, 2014 at 12:41 pm
Tammy Keilman
Lots of great ideas! I would think that individually this could cause problems, though. Just like with any tech, if the student doesn't have a smart phone, they're out. Maybe doing activities in small groups or pairs could solve the problem? There's also the issue of phone use in general. Or is there another way to use them? Ipads for some of you who have students with them? I came across a research article a couple of months ago that showed grades in a college class dropped by .5 gpa when students were allowed to use cells in class. My first year I was flexible and then threw that out the window due to the constant battle to keep them off them all hour. Found an article where the students design the cell phone rules and that seems like a good idea, but still won't get rid of the tremendous amount of time they will spend on their phones. Seems like a waste not letting them use them sometimes, though. They are practically computers in their own right. The students just don't know how to draw the line and are constantly distracted by them when they're out.
Dec. 31, 2013 at 2:31 am
Nichole Carter
Just finished a blog post on how I used QR codes and Google scripts to jazz up my Lit Circle discussions in class! See the post here:
http://cartershlaclassroom.blogspot.com/2013/12/google-scripts-magic-for-lit-circles.html
Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm
peter farrant
We use QR codes as a student tool, they make something and attach it to a QR code. For example, our Chinese teacher had a small group of students record a conversation using recordmp3.org which they then attach to a QR code and hand in for him to listen to. Students have attached them to projects and artwork so they can talk about their work. We have had an Open Day where student work had QR codes that the visitors could scan and listen to the students talk. Once the students start with these they can be really creative as to how they use them.
Dec. 20, 2013 at 8:01 am
sonya rosenglick
I love the idea of your students creating QR codes for school visitors that describe the student's work. Some of our instructors have created QR codes that link to videos of them describing their programs for visitors. They simply put the QR code on their classroom door. This is very useful for events when we have community visitors, as we are an adult facility.
Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Kristin Pontarelli
I'm loving these QR code ideas! I have only used them as a type of scavenger hunt. I write the definition of a vocabulary word, create the code, print out the code, and then hang them around the school. The team that gets back to the class first and is able to answer all the questions from the codes correctly is the winner of a "Fabulous Spanish Sticker". Amazing what high schoolers will do for a sticker!
Dec. 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm
Nichole Carter
I use QR codes all the time to link to Google forms.

(Side note if you want students to be able to scan the code from the back of the room use a URL shortener like goo.gl to shorten your web address and make for a tighter pixeled QR code for the students to scan.)

I have one teacher in our building that has a QR code taped to the students desks that is always linked to a google form that he uses to formatively assess his students on a daily basis (he calls it "Formatives") he then can go in and change the google form daily depending on what "exit ticket" like question he wants the kids to answer! I love this idea!
Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm
Kristin Pontarelli
I love the idea of the "Formatives"! I am going to have to try that one out! Thanks for sharing!
Dec. 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm
Cynthia Clark
I used to use QR codes until I discovered Aurasma. You can create your own target image by taking a picture of it, and then attaching the desired media through their studio website. The only downside is that students must follow your channel in order for the Aura to work. But you can take pictures of items in your room and do not need to print out QR codes. Plus it's pretty cool when the "still" picture in your room comes to life on their tablet or smart phone ;-).
Dec. 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm
sonya rosenglick
Thank you, Cynthia. I'm going to try it.
Dec. 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm
Cynthia Clark
And hello to techninja!!
Dec. 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm
Cynthia Clark
sonya, I guess we can only thread at one level so I'll reply to myself. You will download the app to your tablet or smartphone. Then create an account at https://studio.aurasma.com/home which is the studio. From there you can create channels (I have 2, one for my classes and one for family for cards). They can be private. Your students follow whichever channel you create so you could have a channel for each class if you want to keep it organized that way. I only have a few Auras made so far - I teach teachers so I need them to create a few next term.
Dec. 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm
Todd Nesloney
I've started using Aurasma recently and really have fallen in love with it as well!
Dec. 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm
sonya rosenglick
I'd like to look into Aurasma. Which channel do your students need to follow? One that you have made in Aura? Can you please explain the process. Sounds interesting.
Dec. 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm
Stacey Roshan
My students love when I use QR codes. Recently, I've been making codes of answer keys to encourage students to check their work. To do this, I add my file to dropbox and then grab that link to share. I use goo.gl to make my QR codes and like the RedLaser app.
Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:51 am
sonya rosenglick
We love using QR codes in my school, mostly because they are fun and interactive. We use them for linking to videos, websites, quizzes, treasure hunts, word walls, etc. As we are a technical center we have lots of equipment; attach a QR code to a piece of equipment and the student can scans it to find a video on how to use the equipment. There are many, many more uses. There are also many QR code creation websites. I like www.sparqcode.com. Anyone else have QR code uses to share?
Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:17 am

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