EdTech Trend: Getting Started with QR Codes

By Monica Burns 03.12.2015 blog

Scannable technology can change the way learning takes place in your classroom. It gives students a new way to interact with content and explore their learning environment. QR codes are a great first step into the world of scannable technology. It’s easy to get started with QR codes in your classroom — you’ll have them ready in no time!

A QR code stands for quick response code. When someone scans a QR code they are taken to a website that is connected to that unique code. There are a handful of apps that let you scan QR codes including i-nigma which is available for most smartphones and tablets. If you go to to the app store on your mobile device and search “qr code scanner” you will find plenty of free options to download.


To make a QR code, simply visit a QR code creation website and type in the web address that you would like to connect to the QR code. There are a few different options including QRstuff.com. If you visit a search engine and type in “QR code creator” you can find lots of choices for making QR codes. Most give you the same option to copy an paste a website and turn it into a QR code. Once students scan the QR code you have made, they will be taken directly to a website you handpicked for them.


QR codes eliminate extra transition time and makes your lesson run smoothly. Students won’t be frustrated trying to type in a long web URL into their web browser and won’t have to search for a specific resource or access to email in order to click on a link that you’ve sent.


QR codes can be used throughout the school day any time you want students to access web-based content. This might include a bell ringer at the beginning of a lesson where a QR code is projected on the screen in your classroom for each student to scan as they walk in. QR codes can be inserted into documents just like an image or clip art. Add a QR code to an activity sheet or an assignment that requires students to access content on the web. Place a QR code that links to a tutorial, extra resource, or interactive web page to help them experience the content you are teaching in a completely new way.

Getting started with QR codes requires you to choose a web resource and decide when you want students to access this content. After you’ve created your QR code share it with students so that they can scan to read information, view a video, hear an audio recording or so much more. So many possibilities!

Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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