1. Go to the website you want the QR Code to send people to. Right click to copy the website address.
2. Go to a QR Code Generator site. Again, there are so many out there. For simple QR Codes, like ones that link to a website, or offer text, I like goQR.me, which is free, and you don't need an account.
3. Click "url," and paste the website address into the box. Then click enter.
4. The QR Code will be shown at the right of the screen. Simply right click on the image, and select either copy image or save as, depending on how you wish to use it.
5. That's it. Easy peasy!
OK, that's all fine and dandy, but why would I want to make a QR Code? How can I use this in my classroom? Well, that's a very good question! :) Here's an awesome YouTube video I came across as I was researching this question. It's only 2 minutes long, and worth a watch!
- Add QR Codes to the bottom of a worksheet, so that students can self-correct their work. Or if it's a homework assignment, have the link take them to a homework helper website, or video that you've created. (Great for flipped classrooms.)
- Put a QR Code on a worksheet or display through an LCD projector for students to go to a particular website. (You know how tricky it can be getting kids to type in long web addresses!)
- Add a QR Code to a parent newsletter with link to the school's website, or images of student work.
- Put a QR Code beside the trophies in the trophy case that links to a video of the winning game.
- Use a QR Code that links to a survey for students or parents to complete.
- Have students create their own QR Codes to add to projects that are on display - maybe links to extra information or a video they've created.
- Create a QR Code Scavenger Hunt. So engaging!
- Add a QR Code to flashcards so kids can scan to self-check.
- Add a QR Code to an outdated textbook with links to the updated information.
- Prior to a field trip, add QR Codes to a handout or to posts along the way with information you want kids to access.
- Use as writing prompts.
- List passwords or instructions at a workstation.
- Have students create their own jokes, riddles, or math problems with QR Codes to provide the answer.
- Have high school students create a class QR Code Periodic Table of Elements.
Some common problems with QR Codes are when the code becomes unreadable, likely if it's been crumpled or torn, or if the lighting is too poor. Don't laminate the codes, as the shine also makes them difficult for a device to read. If a website address is very long, it makes the QR Code very dense, and slows down the response time. To correct this problem, use a url shortener site like bitly.com.
There are just so many great ideas out there! What's more, QR Codes are easy and free to create, portable, and there's a coolness factor to them that really grabs kids (and adults too!). It saves paper, and time too!