Here is a simple tip: Say you already have a fantastic website/Facebook Page/whatever filled with tons of information for your classroom, but you simply cannot get students to GO to it. With this handy tool I will show you how to make it simple for them to access whatever by using those handy smartphones in their pocket.
A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside of the industry due to its fast readability and large storage capacity compared to traditional UPC barcodes. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be made up of four standardized kinds (“modes”) of data (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, Kanji), or by supported extensions virtually any kind of data. - Read More
**If you know how to find a website’s URL skip this paragraph.**
So, now we know what a QR code is, but how do we make one? The first thing we will need is the URL to what we want them to go to. For example if you have a Tumblr Blog such as this one, you will find the URL at the top of your internet browser window. Often it will start with http:// or www. As you are viewing the page you want your students to view, copy ALL of the URL with your computer’s copy/paste command.
Now that you have the URL of your page, we need to create a QR Code. There are many applications out there that will do this for you, and my personal favorites are:
All of these have different features allowing you to customize the QR code however you want, but all will work for this purpose. Select URL (if necessary), then paste the copied URL into the box. This will generate an image that looks something like this:
Right click (Command Click if on a Mac) and copy the image. Now bring up a new document with whatever word processing program you use (Microsoft Office, Google Docs, OpenOffice, Pages, etc.) Right click and paste the image into the document. Add whatever text you’d like, such as “Hey kids! Scan this with your smartphone’s QR scanner and check out this awesome webpage I’ve been telling you to check out for a long time but you haven’t. (Okay, might want to leave that last part out … ) Spruce it up however you want. For example I added a few things for students who didn’t have a barcode scanner on their device, or didn’t have a device to scan it at all (always something to think about) When you’re done, you should hopefully have something that looks like this:
Print this out and post it all around your school, classroom, wherever is appropriate. If you have a smartphone, iPod touch etc. - You can give it a “test run” If you haven’t already, download a QR scanner on your device (search for QR scanner in your app store). Open it, scan the QR code, and it should link you to your page in the same way the students would. Tah dah! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me!