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Creating QR Codes

September 7, 2012

In using technology in the classroom, one of the biggest challenges I have found is getting students onto the webpages they need to use. I have found ways to address this such as creating a blog or website of my own for students to know and access regularly. I typically just update the posts with the links they will need. Edmodo is also great for posting links. However, the iPad camera allows for the use of QR codes, which are much easier than even the options listed above.

You may have seen QR (“Quick Response”) codes around on advertisements, product packaging, or even business cards. The square-shaped pattern is similar to a UPC in that it stores information to be read by a scanner. QR codes are different, though, because they store text instead of just the numbers that UPCs contain. There’s a fun fact for you!

Many teachers at my school have expressed a desire to know how to create QR codes.  The step-by-step instructions for this are listed below.
Creating a QR Code

  1. Navigate to the site you want people to access on the mobile device.
  2. Copy the URL from that website.
  3. Go to your QR code generator (I use Kaywa).
  4. Paste the URL in the box on the generator.
  5. Click “Generate” (or “Generate Free” on Kaywa).
  6. Copy the image by right-clicking on it and choosing “Copy Image.”
  7. Paste the image into the Microsoft Word document. You can find the template I created by clicking here.
  8. Title your QR Code.
  9. Print the QR Codes. You might need 4 codes for your whole class. Students can scan it and then pass it along to save paper.

I also created a video tutorial to walk you through the process. You can find the video here.

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