Monday, July 29, 2013

Adventures in QR Land

If you're a tech-savy teacher, you've probably already tried using QR codes in your classroom and had wild success. If you're like me, you've probably just read about these cool "code-things" that other awesome teachers are using and made a mental note to "someday" look into them. Well today is the day to venture into the land of QR codes, where students magically scan a code to monitor their progress on a  specific task or question.

In all seriousness, the QR thing was *MUCH* easier than I had anticipated. Basically it's a bar code that stores data, usually in the form of a link. By now you've probably seen them popping up everywhere from fast food containers to print media. When you generate a QR code, you can input any type of data that you want the smart device to display - a website (in the form of a link), photos, or even text! I choose the text method. After I made my task cards, I simply typed each answer into the text box & generated a QR code. Then I right-clicked on the QR image in my web browser, & copied/pasted it to its matching task card. I even re-sized the QR codes to better fit my cards & *fingers crossed* they all worked.

Since this was my first experience with creating QR codes, I'm not even going to try to pretend that my work is perfect. Seriously. I usually don't like to post goodies until AFTER I've tested them out with my kiddos, but I really feel that this item is something most teachers would want to use in during first unit (which for me is less than a full week into school - have to hit the ground running). Therefore I'm releasing this set of task cards a bit early. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated & I will definitely give an update after I've actually used them in class.

Still interested? Click on either picture above & head over to my TPT store. Enjoy!

- Mrs. Wiggin -


  1. Hi Candace, Such a cute blog! I went to Whole Brain Training this summer with Chris Biffle, do you use the full process, or just parts of it?

    Also I nominated you for the Liebster Award, Hop on over to get the questions.

    Flip Flop & Hop

  2. I must admit, I've been a bit reluctant (ie scared) to delve into the land of QR codes, but your post makes it seem a bit less daunting than I had anticipated. Thank you! I look forward to following your blog and tracking your continued progress with them!
    Crafting Connections

  3. Hi Debbie, the WBT is actually rather new for me so you're a step ahead of me! I just discovered it this summer during some of my graduate work in my Master's program. This year I'm hoping to incorporate the mirror actions & the attention signals.

    Thanks for the award! Can't wait to post my questions!

  4. Hi Deb, I too was intimidated by the QR stuff! I feel much better now that I've played around with creating the codes & pasting them into documents. Next project - a business card for my 5th grade team with a QR code to link our online Assignment Board. I'm hoping parents will love this! Stay tuned...