5 Simple Ideas for QR Codes in the Classroom

Education technology is hurtling forward at an excitingly fast pace. Interactive whiteboards are being replaced by tablet apps, coursework is being produced by 3D printers and image resources are being outdone by virtual reality programmes. For some, incorporating edtech into the classroom comes naturally, but not all educators feel ready to make the leap. 
 
Quick Response (QR) codes serve as the perfect stepping stone for those looking to add an interactive element into their lessons without making the classroom look like an Apple Store. Most QR code generators are free, the codes themselves are easy to print plus they can link to pretty much anything on the internet. Here are five fun and useful ways you can utilise QR Codes and ease yourself into the digital educational landscape. 
 
Tutorials and Tips for Homework
 
Include a QR code on your homework sheet which links to information or tutorials on how to answer the question. For example, for a tricky maths problem where students may struggle with the correct formula to use, add a QR code which links to the lesson resource or even a tutorial video. If you’re feeling particularly inspired, create your own how-to video and attach it to the QR code! 
 
Solutions for Classwork and Assessment 
 
This tip is a great idea if you are a fan of peer-review in class. Give each pupil another class member’s work and the QR codes that link to the answers. Marking another’s work will help students understand what needs to be done in order to achieve the higher grades. Another idea is linking a QR code to the answers of an assessment or mock paper, and pupils can mark their attempts in their own time. 
 
Homework
 
If you are looking for ways to make your classroom more environmentally friendly, QR codes could offer an excellent solution. Instead of printing off your homework sheets for each class member, link it to a QR code, print off the QR codes and stick it in pupil’s homework diaries. 
 
Extension Work
 
This is a useful idea if your class has particularly ambitious pupils. For those students who tend to complete activities quickly, prepare a QR code and include it in the textbook or worksheet which sends them to extension questions. This might even encourage pupils to work harder and see what the QR code has in store! 
 
Addition Reading and Content
 
Sometimes you stumble across an article that has a lot of relevance to what you are teaching in class. Create a QR code for this piece and stick it in your pupil’s textbook to further engage them and provide a wider learning context. You could also try linking QR codes to additional reading materials for your more inquisitive pupils, and even add some points for discussion which can then be brought up in the classroom. 
 
Once you have mastered the basics of QR codes, it opens you up to endless opportunities for an interactive learning environment. From school council voting systems to year group scavenger hunts, QR codes are being utilised by educators across the globe and remain a favourite due to their simple and cost-effective introduction into educational technology. 
 
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