Guest Blogger #3

First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Toni for winning my Teacher Resource's Buzzers Giveaway and Alison for winning the box of school supplies. Your goodies are on the way!

Next, I am excited to introduce our next Guest Blogger: Stephanie!

Hi!  My name is Stephanie and I blog over at TechnologyTimeout.  I am a technology coordinator at my school, which means it is my job to find new technology and teach our staff members how to use it. But my former job was as a math teacher, and as a math teacher, I loved using technology with my students.  I also fell in love with QR codes, and tried to use them in some form or another as much as possible.
By now, most people know that QR code stands for Quick Response code, and many know that they link to websites or other useful information.  But many teachers still don't know what to do with them. I have had many teachers ask "How can I use it in my classroom?"  I'm here to give you some ideas.


I have been using QR codes on task cards since I began making them.  I love task cards because they are so easy to differentiate for students.  (In case you don't know, task cards are usually a single question on a small card, so students don't get overwhelmed with information).  By changing the color or border of the task card, I can easily give students cards to work on based on their abilities.  The QR code has the answer to the question, so students get immediate feedback on whether they got the question right or wrong.

 An example for students finding the missing side for similar figures.
(This is available in my teacherspayteachers store.)

An example for students finding the missing number
in an equation (this is available in my teacherspayteachers store).


Scan a picture (or find one online) of something you would traditionally have students label (i.e. parts of a cell, human body systems, etc.) and attach QR codes to the different parts.  The QR code can link to a website about that particular part, or simply text of information you would like the student to have, such as a definition or an example.

Social Studies

Scavenger hunts are a great way to get active students engaged in learning.  I create cards with a problem in a QR code (these can simply be questions from a worksheet) and the answer to a different card on that card (so the question and answers are on different cards).  Then, students begin the scavenger hunt by scanning a QR code on any card.  They look for the answer to that card on a different card.  When they find the answer, they scan the code on that card for a new question.  

Language Arts

Use QR codes to link to author's websites or websites featuring text you would like to use in class that day.  You could also add a QR code to the bottom of a worksheet that is checking for comprehension.  This way, students could complete their work, then scan the code to check work themselves.

Thanks so much for taking the time to learn a little more about QR codes.  Hopefully you have a few new ideas, and are excited about creating something to use with your students.