Friday, May 6, 2011

QR (Quick Response) Codes in the Classroom

Recently, I've been receiving a number of articles and blog posting about the use of QR (Quick Response) codes in the classroom. While reading the Using QR Codes in Education blog post on the ISTE website, I started watching the following embedded YouTube video, Black & White and Scanned All Over, which helped me put this unique technology into perspective. 


qrcodeFrom a professional development perspective, QR codes can be an efficient way for teachers to access Web-based supplemental materials.  Even on print-based handouts that many teachers prefer to have on hand, QR codes can be used to reduce the amount of printing and place links to even more resources on the World Wide Web.  QR codes can be read with any device that has a camera and an appropriate reader.  Devices such as the iPhone and iPad 2 can read QR codes.  Scan the QR code to the right to view an example that links to a Web page.  Below you will find links to (1) QR code generators that are free on the web, (2) QR reader apps for the iPhone and iPad 1/2 and (2) integration ideas for classroom use.  Enjoy and share any thoughts and/or resources you may have in the comments sections below!

QR Code Generators
 iPhone/iPad 2 QR Reader Apps
Integrating QR Codes in the Classroom


  1. I have a number of QR Code resources bookmarked in my Diigo account at

    Two ideas that we have been exploring are (1) label student projects (like an art project) with a QR Code that takes you to an audio or video file where the student talks about it. (2) Doing our inventory with QR Codes as they are easier to create and manage than bar codes - you can have more info contained in them that just the serial number or inventory number.

    Those of you on Twitter, how about sharing ideas, resources, etc using #qrcodes

    Note: This should be (3) in your post above ---> (2) integration ideas

  2. Large companies such as Best Buy, Starbucks and Nike are using a QR code, to cultivate new customers and thank those who have been loyal to their existing brand.

    custom qr codes

  3. The QR-coded audio Periodic Table of the Elements was recently published.