I’m always looking to integrate technology more into my lesson plans because our district is always pushing it, it’s the here and now, and well, it’s part of my goals. So I had heard a lot about QR Codes, but really didn’t know a lot about them. After much investigation, I decided to try to implement them in my classroom during our Rocks and Minerals Science Unit.
Creating the QR Codes
The generator created a QR Code for me that I could download as an image. I put it on a task card and I was good to go! I did this with multiple minerals and even with rocks. I had to save the images as the name of the mineral/rock. Here is an example of a created QR Code for Quartz:
Our building does not have a lot of technology. In fact, we share iPads on a cart that have to be checked out. However, that didn’t stop us from giving it a whirl. I paired students up and gave them each a card with a QR Code on it.To start, we had to open the QR Reader on our iPads. You do not need to have an iPad — any product that utilizes apps will work; however, you will need to have downloaded a QR Reader. There is no need to pay for one, as there are many for free. When it first opens up, it appears to be a camera, with a box outline of sorts. The box is to “outline” the QR Code. You’ll want to point the camera toward the QR code and try to fit the code in that box.
The app should read it on its own and immediately take you to the site. It’s usually pretty fast. Then the students scroll through the information and collect what they need. Once done, they close out and move on to the next QR Code if applicable.
What I like about this, besides the integration of technology, is that this is a
great way to keep students on just a specific page of the Internet or where you can even create your own page with your own material and not have to worry about them browsing all over!