If you are teacher and here to create QR Codes then be assured of one thing—you are not alone. QR Codes have become popular in the classroom. More and more educators are using this technology to engage their students. Not just educators but administrative staff as well as librarians are using QR Codes across schools and universities.
If you’re new to QR Codes, here is a quick read to get started: What is a QR Code?
If you’re ready to start creating QR Codes, here is what you need to know:
Step 1: Find an online QR Code Generator
For teachers aiming to use QR Codes in their classroom, the right QR Code generator is their best friend. If you Google ‘qr code generator’, you’ll find many online options—some basic and others advanced. My recommendation is that you go for the generator that allows you to:
- Create the exact QR Code you need—text, webpage, PDF, audio, etc. In Step 2, we dive deeper into what types of QR Codes teachers generally create
- Create QR Codes with design—if you’re going to engage children, use bright colors, patterns, and images. You don’t want to bore them with dull black-and-white ones. See examples below
- Create QR Codes for free—we all know what a terrific job teachers do. The school administration however, can be stingy. Not to mention that grants can take ages. So what you need? A QR Code Generator that supports teachers in using QR Codes in the classrooms—a QR Code Generator like Scanova.
- Scanova allows teachers, administrators, and librarians to use their advanced QR Code Management tool free of cost via their ‘Scanova for Education’ programme. Here is how to get access.
Step 2: Create the right QR Code for your classroom activity
Once you have finalized the Generator (preferably Scanova), you can start creating the QR Codes that you need for your classroom activity. Here are some common QR Codes that teachers create:
a. Text QR Code
The Text QR Code allows users to share simple text. This could be a list of names, numbers, or any other form of text content.
How to use a Text QR Code:
- Answers to test questions—Simply encode the answers in a QR Code and add it at the end of the question paper. Once the test is done, students can self check their papers by scanning the QR Code
- Additional notes—Create a Text QR Code for additional notes on the topic discussed in class. Take a print out and pin it on the noticeboard. Not only does sharing notes via QR Codes save time, it also helps students with special needs maintain notes
Here’s how you can create a Text QR Code using Scanova: How to convert plain text to QR Code online
In case you wish to share a lot of text, you can create a Rich Text QR Code instead of a Text QR Code. The Rich Text QR Code allows you to edit, format, and add titles to your text.
You can learn how to create one here: How to create a landing page with rich text for your QR Code
b. Webpage QR Code
A webpage QR Code allows users to share a webpage’s link. The scanner simply needs to scan the QR Code to view and browse the webpage. Sharing a website URL using a QR Code makes it easy for students, especially the younger ones to access online content.
How to use a Webpage/URL QR Code:
- Share the link to your webpage—These days, many classrooms have their own webpage. This page can feature upcoming birthdays, events, tests, or student artwork. Create a URL QR Code for this webpage, take a print out and share it on the notice board for other teachers, students, and parents to see
- Share online reading material—Want to share a website link with students that will add value to your lecture? Create a URL QR Code with this link and share the printed QR Code with students
- Campus tours—Give new students a tour of the campus with the URL QR Code. Encode the link to campus’ map in the QR Code, take a print out of this QR Code and display it on notice boards across the campus
Here’s how you can create a URL QR Code using Scanova: How to convert website URL to QR Code online
c. Audio QR Code
Audio QR Codes direct scanners to audio files such as music, podcasts, and lectures. Using the Audio QR Code, teachers can:
- Create audio books— Record story books or nursery rhymes for young students. You can create an .mp3 file and upload it on Scanova. The Audio QR Code simply plays this audio file online when the QR Code is scanned
- Audio questions—Add audio questions to your tests. These audio questions could have quotes from famous people, a passage from a story etc. Students can simple scan the QR Code to listen to the audio file
Creating an Audio QR Code using Scanova is a simple process: Audio QR Code: Share music and podcasts via print media
d. Video QR Code
Video QR Codes direct scanners to the video linked in the QR Code. Here’s how teachers can use them:
- Lectures—Make a lecture more interesting by linking a related Youtube video. Create a Video QR Code with the link, get the QR Code printed and pin it in a place where students can simply scan this QR Code and view the video
- Yearbooks—Instead of just adding text and pictures in the School Yearbook, share videos from school events by adding a Video QR Code
Follow these simple steps to create a Video QR Code with Scanova: How to create a Youtube QR Code
e. Image QR Code
An Image QR Code when scanned, directs the user to the image linked in the QR Code.
Here’s how teachers can use Image QR Codes:
- Art Exhibition—Create Image QR Codes for students that link to their art work. Organise a QR Code Art exhibition for parents, teachers, and other students where they can simply scan the QR Code to view the piece of art
- In Tests—Create an Image QR Code and add it to tests. For example, a science teacher can create an Image QR Code for the diagram of a machine and ask students to label different parts of the machine
Here’s how to create an image QR Code using Scanova: How to create a QR Code from an image
f. PDF QR Code
The PDF QR Code allows users to view or download a PDF file with a single scan. Here’s how teachers can use PDF QR Codes:
- Reading material—Create a PDF QR Code to share PDF books. Simply take a print out of the QR Code and share it with your students
- Report Cards—Instead of sharing the hard copy of a report card, create PDF version of the report card and share it with parents. Simply create a PDF QR Code, get it printed, and share the QR Code with parents
Also read: How to create a QR Code for a PDF
f. Vcard QR Code
Vcard (Virtual Card) QR Code allows you share your contact information such as title, contact number, and email address. Here’s how teachers can use Vcard QR Code:
Before a parent-teacher open house, create a Vcard QR Code with all the important contact information. It will help parents easily take it on their smartphones. This will allow you introduce yourselves to parents without reciting email addresses and phone numbers all-day.
The use cases for QR Codes in education and classrooms are practically endless. The list of QR Codes mentioned above can be used in many other ways. Teachers can use them to organize scavenger hunts or other team building activities. QR Codes also help students with special needs and learning abilities.
QR Codes open a wide array of options for teachers to improve students engagement. Go ahead and create your own QR Code to make your school and classroom more interactive.
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