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Background Information: QR (Quick Response) Codes originated in Japan where they were used in the automotive industry to track vehicles in assembly. QR codes are black and white two-dimensional square codes on a white background. Once you know what a QR code is, you will begin seeing them everywhere---magazines, pizza boxes, stores (I even found one on the sticker of my banana linking me to the Dole web site :) Want to know more? This Common Craft Video gives a great overview.

Handouts/Posters from the Station:

QR Code Tools:
  • Readers:
    • I-nigma: available for most mobile devices (iPhone--works on iPad & iPod, Android & Blackberry)
    • Easy QR: simple all in one QR reader and creation tool.
    • Scan for ipad/ipod: very simple and recently updated to add new features.
    • QReader: for reading QR codes on desktop computers (must have a camera to capture)
    • Qrafter: iPod App that reads QR codes and also allows for the creation of QR codes on the mobile device.
    • Top QR Code Readers: 2d Code from the UK has created a listing of the top QR readers--if you are looking for a reader other than those listed above, this might be a good starting point.
  • QR Code Creators (Qrafter & Easy QR listed above also create QR Codes on your mobile device)

easy-qr-camera.jpgActivities and Resources Shared at the QR Station:Easyqr.png

Activity #1 Scan QR Codes Using the Easy QR App: In this activity you will learn more about QR Codes and how they are being used in education.

  1. Download and Open the Easy QR app on your iPad
  2. Tap the Scan button along the left side to scan each of the three QR Codes at this link. Line up the QR code you want to scan by using the thin white lines--it seems to work best if you put the QR code in the center of the square (see the image on the right)
  3. The QR Code (depending on the one you scan) will either display text or display a web site address to visit--use the easyqr-visit-button.jpgVisit button in lower right corner of the app to navigate to the web address.
  4. The Back button in the app will allow you to return to the main menu.
  5. The History button in the app will allow you to revisit any of the links you navigated to with the QR Code
  6. Continue scanning until you have scanned all three QR Codes.


Activity #2 QR Codes & Vocabulary: In this activity you will learn the meaning of four prefixes that assist in "decoding" vocabulary words.
Using the Notes app that comes preloaded on all iPads and the Easy QR app a series of Vocabulary Cards with QR Codes will be scanned to learn more about four prefixes.
  1. Turn on your iPad/iPod and open the Notes App: see the icon at left or run a search to locate the Notes app.
  2. Start a new page: Tap the + icon in the top right corner to add a new page.take-notes.png
  3. Label the page: Tap the newly created page and type “Prefixes” on the page using the onscreen keyboard.
  4. Type the prefixes: Continue using the onscreen keyboard to type the following prefixes--each on a new line (use the enter/return key)
    • Counter-
    • Dys-
    • Ante-
    • Inter-
    *use this page to take notes on the definitions as you scan the QR Codes and learn more about the prefixes (see above at right)
  5. Quick Access the Suspended Easy QR App: Double click the home button to return to your suspended Easy QR app (or use the four finger up slide gesture)—you will see the icon in the menubar along the bottom of your device/iPad.
  6. Prefix Link: Navigate to each of the links below (click on the cards) and read the directions for the task and SCAN the QR code. Make sure you complete the entire task reading all the way to the bottom:
  7. Quick Access Your Notes: Double click the home button to access your suspended notes app. (or use the four finger up slide gesture) After completing each card, add the definition of the prefix to your vocabulary page in the Notes App on your iPad.


Activity #3 Creating a QR Code: In this activity you will learn how to create a QR Code using Easy QR. Turn on your iPad/iPod and open the Easy QR app. **If you have been using Easy QR in the previous activities you can tap the home button twice to access the app or use the four finger up slide gesture. Easy QR will allow you to create a QR code for the following: Text (including we address to access sites, videos, audio files, etc.) and Contacts.easyqr-menu.jpg
  1. Open Easy QR and select the Text Button: easyqr-text-button.jpg
  2. Add the Text you want included in your QR Code
    • Using the keyboard on your iPad/device type your name and e-mail address
    • List five IPad apps you have found useful in the school setting (or ones you have heard of today or from your readings, friends, peers, etc.)
      Above: Example of Step #2 with Easy QR
  3. Generate the Code & Save the Image
    • Click the “Generate” button
    • Tap the Share button in the top right corner and Save to your Photo Album and e-mail it to someone else at the workshop.
    • Check your QR Code by tapping the Scan Image button and selecting the QR Code that you added to your Photo Album.
  4. Scan the QR code of the others in your group using the Easy QR App (Scan Button) to exchange information and ideas on apps

Ideas for Using QR Codes in the Classroom:

Additional QR Code Education Activities:

Cell Review & Additional Information: Use a QR code to review and provide students additional information. Here is an example.

Book Review QR

Book Review QR Code: Use a QR code to point students towards a book review of a classroom library book. Reviews can be student written or a website with reviews. Put the QR codes on the inside flaps of books, on bookmarks or on the bookshelf next to the book to spark student interest in the book. Another literary connection with QR codes is to generate a code that lists additional books from the author that are available in the library, a link to the author's web site or to other reviews in Amazon.

  • Scan the code on the right to see and example:

QR Codes to Direct Students to Web Sites: Use a QR codes to make it easier for students to quickly navigate to a web address without having to type in the URL--this is especially helpful when working with younger students who have trouble typing in numbers, symbols, and longer addresses. Primary teachers are putting QR codes in learning stations that navigate to a web site where they have audio files giving the students directions on what they are to be doing at the station. Think of word card with a QR code that takes them to a picture of an object that represents the word or a video file of the teacher giving the student examples.

              • Scan the code on the left to see and example that navigates to the esu3ipads site for more resources.
              • Scan the code on the right to see an example of a QR code that gives students directions.

Use Existing Product QR Codes in a Math Lesson: Give students multiple items with QR codes attached. (Dole bananas have QR codes on their stickers) You can use existing QR codes that come on products or create your own using Easy QR. Students then scan the QR code to find the value of the item and work math problems related to the price tag on the item. Below are two examples:

Scan the codes on the left & right to see QR code price examples.

Price 1 Code