A SPRINKLE OF TECHNOLOGY
As a teacher, there are lots of times that I want my students to visit a specific webpage, but having students type in a URL is not always possible. Sometimes the link is 57 characters long and nearly impossible to type out. Other times, I have a group of students who, for many reasons, CAN'T type out the address.
QR codes can be a very quick an easy solution to any of these problems.
First, here are 2 main things that you need to know about QR codes:
1. QR codes are connected to URLs or data on the web.
A QR code can be connected to a specific URL. So, whenever someone scans a QR code, the connected URL will automatically open on the mobile device without the user having to type or search anything!
2. Users must have a QR Reader app installed on a mobile device to "read" the QR code.
Think about this like the scanner at the grocery store - the checker scans the bar codes to determine the price of each item. QR codes work in a similar way, except your phone or tablet is the scanner and the QR code will take you to a specific URL.
There are tons of QR reader apps in the app store - search for "QR reader". Choose a reader that is FREE and has high ratings.
Once the app is installed, users can find a QR code, scan it and wait for the corresponding URL to open on the device! It's that easy!
QR Code Creators
There are a lot of QR code creators, but I find that I use the goo.gl extension most often. With this extension, users can get a QR code for any webpage with just a single click of the mouse.
First, you'll need to make sure that you are in the Chrome browser. Then, go to the Chrome Web Store and search for goo.gl. Click the blue Add to Chrome button and add the extension.
All installed extensions will display between the omnibox and the Chrome menu.
Note: You only need to install this extension once - it will stay on your device until you remove it.
Creating a QR Code
Now, let's get to the good stuff - creating the QR code! First, go to a link or URL that you would like to share with others. For this example, I am going to share the link to a Google Form.
Once you are at the correct URL, click the goo.gl extension icon and select QR Code.
If you want to place this QR code in a document, you can right click and save it or copy it. If you save it, be sure to name it appropriately so that you can identify it later.
If you want students to scan the QR code directly from the screen, simply click on the QR code to open it in its own window.
If you want to enlarge the QR code, hold the CTRL key and press the + sign until the QR code is the desired size.
That's all there is to it! Once the QR code is made anyone with a QR reader app can scan to code and go directly to the attached webpage!
QR Code Ideas
Listening Station - Students scan the QR code and they are taken to a video of a book being read out loud.
Number Writing Station - Students scan the QR code to a video explaining how to write numbers or letters.
Teacher Pay Teachers - Check out more free QR code ideas HERE!
I am a teacher, Digital Learning Specialist, presenter, wife, mom, Google nerd, and life long learner. I am dedicated to finding and sharing easy, quick, and engaging resources for use in every classroom!