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Another site I've used is qrvoice.net. With this site, you can have your QR Code talk to you! Here's how to do it. Go to qrvoice and type your message in the box at the top of the page. Press enter on your keyboard. Copy and paste. That's it. So simple. This would be great for giving reminders about instructions, or clues for a scavenger hunt. It's especially useful for students who have trouble reading.
Another good site is qrstuff. This site also requires an account, but it's free too. This is the site you would want to use when you want to be technofancy (is that a word?). It has no fewer than 21 different options (it can even make a Skype call for you!), and you can add color and logos to your QR Code. I can see why advertising firms would use this site, but it's a bit too fancy for me.
The last site I would like to mention is Bingo Baker. With this site you can create your own Bingo games with QR Codes that would be so much fun to play with your students. It's very easy to use - just follow the instructions on the site. I would use it to practice math facts, vocabulary terms and/or sight words. Lots of fun!
I forgot to mention the scanner app I use. i-nigma is the app I prefer. It's easy and fast, and free! These are a few of my favourite things!
I would be remiss if I didn't mention some problems with QR Codes.
- Sometimes a scanner has trouble reading a code. The reason may be that the code is crumpled or a bit is torn off. It is not not usable. Also, be sure that you leave a strip of white around the code for easier scanning. I am the queen of laminating at my school, but I don't recommend laminating QR Codes, as the glare on them may make them hard to scan.
- The Code may be too small or too large. Test the code yourself when you are creating them for your students.
- Sometimes the website address is too long (you've seen those ridiculously long ones, I'm sure). If that's the case, consider using a URL shortening website. IT"S NOT HARD! I promise. Here's how to do it. The site I use for this is bitly.com. Before you go there, right click the long website address and select "save." Then go to bitly. At the very, very top of the page, beside the cute little pufferfish (I think that's a pufferfish?), paste the address in the box. A box immediately opens that displays a shorter address. Just click "copy" and you're ready to paste the shorter address into a QR Code site. Bitly also keeps track of how often and when that address is used, so that's kind of cool, of you're into that sort of thing. :)
- Occasionally, I've had i-nigma go black, so that the QR Code is not visible. All I've done to correct that is delete the app and reinstall. It loads very quickly.