What is a QR Code Quest?
A QR Code Quest is an activity in which students use QR Codes to access Internet resources or data files, rather than Internet links. Teachers are using the QR Codes to build scavenger hunts, provide links to YouTube videos with information and problem solutions or support, and perform guided searches.Terrence O’Brien explains that a QR Code is a “a barcode on steroids” because the icon encodes information “both horizontally andvertically in a grid of tiny squares” which “allows for much more data to be encoded in a smaller space.” Students use a QR Code Reader to scan the icon which launches Internet web sites, videos, or downloads specified files. Although QR Code Readers are readily available, students do need to acquire a QR Code Reader App for mobile devices or software for their computers before they can use the QR Codes.
For more information on how to use QR Codes in the classroom, check out the resources below:
Using QR Codes in the Classroom by Karen Ogen
Black and White and Scanned All Over by TheLauraJacob
Using QR Codes in the Classroom by marragem
TechSlams: Creating and Using Backchannels
Teachers use a variety of QR Code creation tools to create print documents that can be scanned by a mobile device camera or the web cam of a laptop/desktop computer. Use the following video to learn how to use Google URL Shortener to easily create QR Codes:
How to Make a QR Code Using Google by Chris Smith, shamblesguru
QR Code Creators
- QR Code Quiz Treasure Hunt Generator: Online tool that creates QR Codes for treasure hunt quiz
- Kaywa QR Code Generator: Generator with option for text, sms and url
- QR Voice: Generator that creates a QR code linked to a voice message
- QR Stuff: Generates colorful QR codes
QR Code Readers
- QR Codes 4 Education by TCEA: Wiki resource with multiple resources, videos, and links to quality examples.
- QR Codes Resources by A Teacher’s Bag of Tricks: Web page with links to a long list of resources for using QR Codes in the classroom.
- QR Code Scavenger Hunt: Excellent description of how to construct a scavenger hunt using QR Codes.
- QR Codes and Book Reviews by The Hyperlinked Librarian: Explanation of how QR Codes were used in a lesson to develop book reviews for Grade 5s
- QR Codes Inference Activity by Monica Isabel Martinez: Grade 2 Inference activity using QR Codes
- Melanie Wiscount’s History Video Podcasts and QR Codes: Wiki that shares resources for how QR Codes have been used in a variety of ways for the history classroom
- 10 Ways to Use QR Codes in a History Classroom by Kerry Turner: Several suggestions for using QR Codes in Social Studies classrooms
- The Amazing Race! Using QR Codes in Social Studies [PPTX file] by Olivia Kepler, Stacy Force, and Celaina Huckeba, Irving ISD : PPTX explaining how to create The Amazing Race in your own classroom
- QR Codes in the Classroom by Charity Preston
- QR Codes in Maths Class by Through A Green Lens: Blog post that explains step by step how QR codes were used in a math class by students to solve problems.
- QR Affixed Nature Trails Draw More Than the Wildlife by Chelle Koster Walton, Fox News: News article explaining how QR Codes are used to label nature trails at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida
- The Periodic Table in Video by PeriodicVideos: Elements of the Periodic Table have been replaced by QR Codes that launch YouTube videos highlighting each element.