Saturday, August 6, 2011

Q = QR Codes #GETABC

Q is for QR Codes

(GTG's  #GETABC Series = Green, Education, & Tech

We've all seen them...those box-y, bigger-than-bar-code secret messages.  Your phone, iPad, or whatever-electronic-bar-code-scanner-you-have becomes your secret decoder ring. 

qrcodeAlong with LiveBindersQR Codes (or "Quick Response" Codes) have been one of my favorite finds of the summer.  With QR Codes, you can turn all sorts of activities into hidden quests by hiding some of these along the way.  All you need is a QR Code Generator such as Kaywa QR Code Generator.  It makes it easy What a way to get kids out in nature, yet also taking advantage of the hands-on element of technology. (I downloaded the free app NeoReader to my device, but there are tons on the market, equally free.)

River Beds: Sleeping in the World's RiversPerhaps one of my favorite activities I created this fall to be ready for this season's "crop o'3rd graders" is an activity to tie into my River unit in Social Studies.  Using the book River Bed: Sleeping in the World's Rivers, I found short videos via YouTube to embed in a QR code so my students could get a flavor of what each of the 9 rivers mentioned in the book looks like.  I did the same with an atlas maps so students could see where in the world each river is.  I'll attach these in the book on the proper pages, and voila! An interactive activity! Get the QR Codes from the book here:)
Here are more links, insights, and oodles of information on QR Codes Galore:

eTools for Language Learners:  QR Codes

Letter Q pic from  The QR code on this page was generated at using GTG's website.

Note:  In an attempt to meld my pursuits of green, education, and technology, "GET" and this ABC series did my twitter thread #GETABC.  To see the inception of #GETABC and give yourself a tidbit of background, go to GTG's True Confessions & Whirling Dervishes.

1 comment :

  1. Another great QR code idea: