QR Code Tutorial!

Ahh have I really not blogged since Wednesday?! I have a crazy week coming up and I’ve been super busy getting ready for it.  On Tuesday night, I’m doing a very small presentation for our Board of Education – yikes! I’m kinda nervous about it even though it is a very casual, quick thing.  7 of my little firsties and their parents are coming with me. 🙂 The kids are going to do an oral writing essay for the board and then show off their recent writing projects.  I hope it turns out cute! Sometimes things seem far more exciting to me than they do to other people haha! Wish us luck and keep your fingers crossed that my kids are able to orally write in front of an audience of strangers and not get stage fright! 🙂

On Thursday, I have my second formal observation. It’s for math. Yuck. That’s all I need to say about that.  I typed up a 28 page form to explain my lesson, show data, provide evidence, etc. Thank you, OTES.  (Ohio Teacher Evaluation System for those who are not Ohio teachers.)  

I’ve had quite a few emails asking how to make a QR code for an educational activity.  Tonight, I’m going to share the website I use and walk you through the process of making a QR code that has text in it when it is scanned.  I use the text feature for math purposes (and am using it on Thursday!).  For example, my kids will scan a QR code and the answer to the problem will pop up on the screen.  QR codes for math allow your students the opportunity to self-check their work. It also makes your lesson more “student led.”  

There are TONS of free websites out there to create QR codes.  I like to use KAYWA QR Code.  You can get to their website by clicking HERE.  I use the free versions of their QR code creator.  You will not be able to change or edit your QR codes in the future if you use the free version, but for me, the free version is all I need for lessons and activities in the classroom.

First, head to their website.  When you arrive, it looks like this:

It is set on URL by default. If you want to make a QR Code that takes students to a website, you would paste or type the URL of the website in here and click Generate. For this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a QR Code that brings up text that YOU write, such as the answer to a math problem. 

Click on MORE on the right side of the screen and then click Text. 

Now, type in what you want your QR code to say.  For this example, the answer to my word problem was the number 9.  I typed 9 into text box. 

Then, click Generate! You will see the QR Code pop up onto your screen.  To insert the QR Code onto your Powerpoint Slide or in Microsoft Word, simply right click over the QR Code and choose Copy Image (Or, you can save the image if you need to.).

Finally, paste the QR Code onto your activity and print your activity!  You now have a QR code that your students can scan to self-check their work! Here is an example of a word problem page that I’m using for my observation on Thursday.  I’m posting this HUGE math unit for word problems in the next few days. Stay tuned!! 🙂 I’m really excited to share it with you! It’s great for word problem intervention!

I hope this tutorial on creating a text-based QR code was useful and helpful for you! I just wrote over 230 word problems this weekend for my new product. Since my brain is starting to shut down after thinking of situations with animals, the zoo, crayons, stickers, etc., I’m going to watch the season premier of Army Wives and grade some papers. 🙂

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!! 

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  1. Thanks for the tutorial, Christina. I see QR codes on products and didn't understand them. I have my formal observation coming up too, yuck! My pre-obs conference is on Friday, and my lesson will be next week Wednesday. I'm doing it on irregular past tense verbs…a new lesson for this CC standard. Oh, these evaluations…ugh.

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