How do I share information with my littles without having to tell them to type in "www.thiswebsiteistoolong.com"? QR CODES! This has been one of the single most time savers in my classroom. Whenever I want to push out information, in any form, I send it out using a QR code.
Many websites have already created a QR code for you. But if it isn't created for you, I always go to https://www.the-qrcode-generator.com/. This website allows you to enter in a specific website address that you would like your students to go to.
Many times I create/upload/share things using Google Drive. When you upload things to Google Drive you can create a QR code so that students can access the materials quickly.
Step 1: Right click or command click (macs) on the file you want to share.
Step 2: Select "Get Shareable Link" / Copy Link
Step 3: Go HERE and paste your link
Step 4: Download the QR Code
I usually print out a piece of paper with my QR Code on it (and a title/picture) so that I can easily organize and share it with my kiddos.
How do I "READ" Qr Codes?
Make sure your students have a QR Reader on their iPads. My favorite is called QR Reader (Original, I know!) It looks like a QR Code with a red line through it.
So now, HOW do I use QR codes?
Here are some ways I use QR Codes in the classroom!
1. Listening Centers: I print QR Codes for my students to access TES Teach (Formerly known as Blendspace). On TES Teach they can access read-a-louds, songs, poems, etc. Check out my previous blog post to find more information on TES Teach.
2. Repeating Directions: I have uploaded several videos to Google Drive on how to do each station I have in my classroom. If a student forgets how to work at a station, they can always scan the QR Code for directions. I have also used this to introduce new stations!
3. Calendar time: Students have led their own calendar time by going to a TES Teach/Blendspace I created. They choose which songs to sing with partners, then lead each other in days of the week and calendar activities.
4. Share Information With parents: At the beginning of the year I sent home a letter to my students. I put a QR Code on the letter, which had me reading the letter to the students. You could also share PDF Files, informative websites, etc with parents using a QR Code. Send it home on a bright color paper with quick and easy directions!