Versatile tool that makes resources used in lessons portable.
I love using QR Codes. It is simple to use and I can not only make a QR Code from a URL, but I can also make a QR Code with content that I create. Students love it because they are portable, that is they can scan the QR Code and have the information with them in their device. No dragging home bulky books or loose papers. QR Codes are invaluable tools for blended learning and Flipped classrooms.
How I Use It
If I show a video or create an assignment I make a QR Code to post on the wall or bulletin board so that students who are absent can scan the code with their smart phones, chromebooks, or notebooks. The video or assignment is then stored in the history of the device so that it is accessible to the student when they need it. I also make QR Codes for scavenger hunts for some of my lessons. Students go to a station and scan the code to get the instructions or tasks that lead them to the next station. This is also great for vocabulary development for ELD students. I can make a QR Code for vocabulary words that include a definition, sentence, and picture if applicable.
I also use QR Codes when I give students choices. For example if they have a choice of a movie to watch and complete an assignment, I can create a QR Code for each movie and place all of the QR Codes on the assignment sheet. I will also do this for a choice of reading material.