Like most teachers, I do things a little differently from year to year. I evaluate what’s worked best in the past, as well as the particular learning styles in my class that year. Below are some of the ways I’m using QR codes in my class this year.
1. Listening Center #1 – I put up a cork board with QR codes I bought from TPT (click HERE to see). Each QR code is a link to a story being read aloud. I pull the hard copies of these books from my library (the ones I have, that is) and place them at the center so kids can follow along if they’d like. Sometimes kids are assigned to go to the listening center, and sometimes they go when they are finished early with work. This year, I’ve changed out the books each quarter. There are several ways you can set up a QR code center (see below for another option).
|QR codes displayed on a cork board
|QR codes displayed on a ring attached to bucket holding books
|Student scanning into the blended math lesson
I’ve also used them to record myself reading important content-area books, then taping the QR code to the inside of the book. This allows my struggling readers to still partake in the independent content-area reading. Below is an example from our insect unit.
I’ve also created fun QR code books for themed weeks. During our study of bats, students receive a booklet with fun bat information, activities and stories (click HERE to see it). During the week of Thanksgiving, students receive a booklet with fun Thanksgiving stories to during “early finishers” time (click HERE to see it).
|Biome QR codes
|QR code in content-area book
|Student working on preview brochure
|Center with QR code directions
|Quizzes for small group
9. Bulletin Boards – I work for a private school that often hosts touring families. One year, I made it a goal to periodically post a QR code outside our room that showed the kids during a fun lesson, center, activity, etc. Usually I put a short explanation next to it and invited viewers to scan to see more. It’s a fun way to give visitors a peek into our classroom at their leisure. Plus, I am able to highlight the most interesting activities this way.
|QR code displayed outside my door with a peek into my classroom
|Music QR codes
Lastly, any time I’m looking for new, innovative ideas, I check out Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) or Simple K12 (an awesome professional development site that often has free webinars). Within minutes, I have too many new ideas. 🙂