QR Codes

Background Information: QR (Quick Response) Codes originated by a Toyota Subsidiary in Japan where they were used in the automotive industry to track vehicles in assembly. QR codes are black and white two-dimensional square codes on a white background. Once you know what a QR code is, you will begin seeing them everywhere---magazines, pizza boxes, stores (I even found one on the sticker of my banana linking me to the Dole web site :) Want to know more? This Common Craft Video gives a great overview.


The way QR Codes can be used in the classroom is only limited by our own and our students’ imagination. A few waays to use QR Codes include:

  • Take students to websites without the need to type in an URL.
  • Provide information ‘hot spots’ throughout the classroom to access online videos, websites, text that is related to curriculum and instructional material.
  • Adapt text/books by including QR Codes – providing additional information via text, video and audio
  • Adapt text/books by including QR Codes – providing text or audio in an alternative language
  • Attach QR Codes to the classroom calendar / timetable to point to information about upcoming class events, assessment reminders, etc.
  • Take students to a website you are browsing on an interactive whiteboard. Using the Mobile Barcoder add-on for the Firefox web browser, quickly generate a QR Code and have students scan with their own hand held device.
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QR Code Tools:

  • Readers:
    • I-nigma: available for most mobile devices (iPhone--works on iPad & iPod, Android & Blackberry)
    • Qreader for Mac Desktop Mac QR Reader
    • QR Droid Android Tablets and Smart Phonens
    • Easy QR: simple all in one QR reader and creation tool.
    • Scan for ipad/ipod: very simple and recently updated to add new features.
    • QReader: for reading QR codes on desktop computers (must have a camera to capture)
    • Qrafter: iPod App that reads QR codes and also allows for the creation of QR codes on the mobile device.
    • Top QR Code Readers: 2d Code from the UK has created a listing of the top QR readers--if you are looking for a reader other than those listed above, this might be a good starting point.
  • QR Code Creators (Qrafter & Easy QR listed above also create QR Codes on your mobile device)http://goqr.me http://goqr.me

How to use QRreader app for desktop Mac:
1: Make sure you have a working webcam and Adobe AIR installed.
2: Download and install QRreader.
3: Get a scan-able QR code (generated on a device, or printed)
4: Hold up the QR code to your webcam. Making sure your webcam can see the entire code, and that your code is evenly lit.
5: If done correctly, the white brackets will turn red. Then you will hear a *beep* sound once the code has been read properly.

Ideas for Using QR Codes in the Classroom:

Ideas for Using QR Codes in the to improve reading Fluency:

Using the list from Scholastic "5 Surefire Strategies for Developing Reading Fluency" you will learn how to create a QR Code using GOQR http://goqr.me.
Open your safari Browser and enter the address http://goqr.me GOQR will allow you to create a QR code for the following: http://goqr.me QR code generator

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1. Model Fluent Reading

In order to read fluently, students must first hear and under-stand what fluent reading sounds like. From there, they will be more likely to transfer those experiences into their own reading. The most powerful way for you to help your students is to read aloud to them, often and with great expression. Choose selections carefully. Expose them to a wide variety of genres including poetry, excerpts from speeches, and folk and fairy tales with rich, lyrical language — texts that will spark your students' interests and draw them into the reading experience.

Following a read-aloud session, ask your students: "After listening to how I read, can you tell me what I did that is like what good readers do?" Encourage students to share their thoughts. Also, ask your students to think about how a fluent reader keeps the listener engaged.
  1. Record a student or the teacher reading samples and post on district server through the Tech Department. They will then generate a qr code for the students to be able to hear it played back and provide you a link to the site.
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2. Do Repeated Readings In Class

In their landmark book, Classrooms That Work (Addison-Wesley, 1998), Patricia Cunningham and Richard Allington stress the importance (and I agree) of repeated readings as a way to help students recognize high-frequency words more easily, thereby strengthening their ease of reading. Having students practice reading by rereading short passages aloud is one of the best ways I know of to promote fluency.

For example, choose a short poem to begin with, preferably one that fits into your current unit of study, and transpose it onto an overhead transparency. Make a copy of the poem for each student. Read the poem aloud several times while your students listen and follow along. Take a moment to discuss your reading behaviors such as phrasing (i.e. the ability to read several words together in one breath), rate (the speed at which we read), and intonation (the emphasis we give to particular words or phrases).

Next, ask your students to engage in an "echo reading," in which you read a line and all the students repeat the line back to you. Following the echo reading, have students read the entire poem together as a "choral read." You will find that doing group readings like these can be effective strategies for promoting fluency because all students are actively engaged. As such, they may be less apprehensive about making a mistake because they are part of a community of readers, rather than standing alone.

Link to an appropriate poem on your web site or online
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Shut the door!Shut the door!
I am freezing!
I am freezing!
I am really freezing!
You won't believe it!
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr !

Shut the door!
I said: Shut the door!

It was so comfy here
so warm and cosy
until you blustered in.

so peaceful and serene
so quiet and so calm
Shut the door!!!!!
Shut the door!!!!!

Well goodbye then
Well goodbye then
I'll come back another day
Well goodbye then
Well goodbye then
And see you in the month of May!

3. Promote Phrased Reading In Class

Fluency involves reading phrases seamlessly, as opposed to word by word. To help students read phrases better, begin with a terrific book selected from the lIbrary and review by another student..

Student created book Review Example from Teachertube
Teachertube Example

Let students promote their favorite books with book trailers or reviews and affix QR codes to corresponding books or book posters. Check out Heather Davis's fabulous Flip Cameras and QR Codes lesson plan for book "review" instructions.

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  • Book Review QR Code: Use a QR code to point students towards a book review of a classroom library book. These can be student written or a website with reviews. Put the QR codes on the inside flaps of books, on bookmarks or on the bookshelf next to the book to get the students interested in the book. Another book connection with QR codes is to generate a code that lists more books from the author that are available in the library, a link to the author's web site or to other reviews in Amazon.
Here is an example I found on teachertube of a students book review:

4. Enlist Tutors to Help Out

Provide support for your nonfluent readers by asking tutors — instructional aides, parent volunteers, or older students — to help. The tutor and the student can read a preselected text aloud simultaneously. By offering positive feedback when the reader reads well, and by rereading passages when he or she struggles, the tutor provides a helpful kind of one-on-one support. The sessions can be short — 15 minutes at most. Plus, if you provide tutors with the text that you plan to use in an upcoming group lesson, you can give your nonfluent readers a jump start prior to the next lesson.
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Reading Fluency Example

Record those tutors reading using Quicktime player and then post to your class web site or a streaming or podcast server

About Audio and movie recording in QuickTime Player

You can make a movie using QuickTime Player and the camera in your Mac by clicking the File menu and choosingNew Movie Recording. When the recording interface appears, the FaceTime or iSight camera becomes active (a green light appears by your Mac's built-in camera). Simply press the circular record button once to start or stop your recording.

Clicking the triangle icon gives you additional options, such as letting you choose whether to use the built-in iSight camera an external camera you've connected to your Mac, and lets you adjust the finished quality of your recording.


To make an audio-only recording, simply choose New Audio Recording from the File menu. Press the circular record button once to start or stop your recording. You will notice that the current running file size is displayed on the bottom right of the controls while you're recording; this changes to the total elapsed time when you stop recording. The sound meter (located at the bottom of the controls) makes it easy to ensure your volume level is consistent, and is helpful for making sure you're sitting an appropriate distance from the microphone. About 21 inches of distance between you and the microphone is a good place to start.


Clicking the triangle gives you additional options, such as letting you choose whether to use the built-in microphone on your Mac, an external microphone you've connected to your Mac, a microphone from a connected Apple display, and lets you adjust the finished quality of your recording.

Tip: Changing the quality from High to Maximum will produce a very high-quality uncompressed movie file. However, uncompressed audio files can use large amounts of disk space.

Export audio only using QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player gives you the option of exporting and sharing only the audio portion of your video. To export only the audio portion of your video, open your video in QuickTime Player. Choose Export from the File menu. Type a name in the “Export As” field. Then from the Format pop-up menu, choose “Audio Only” and click Export.

5. Try A Reader's Theater In Class

Because reader's theater is an oral performance of a script, it is one of the best ways to promote fluency. In the exercise, meaning is conveyed through expression and intonation. The focus thus becomes interpreting the script rather than memorizing it.
  1. Choose a story that can be divided into parts (such as characters)
  2. Assign reading parts to each child.
  3. Ask students to read their scripts orally for practice.
  4. Have students read assigned parts to the audience.

Use Qr Codes to point students to specific stories or to use digital copies of Readers theater stories like this example below:

Readers Theater -The Wizard, The Fairy, and The Magic Chicken


Here is a link to a video of 3 students reading a portion of
The Wizard, The Fairy, and The Magic Chicken

  1. http://bcove.me/6tzac1na

Visit the Reading Rockets strategies page and scroll down to reading fluency.
Share 1 way you could use a QR code with a strategy listed.

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Additional QR Code Education Activities:

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  • QR Codes to Direct Students to Web Sites: Use a QR codes to make it easier for students to quickly navigate to a web address without having to type in the URL--this is especially helpful when working with younger students who have trouble typing in numbers, symbols, and longer addresses. Primary teachers are putting QR codes in learning stations that navigate to a web site where they have audio files giving the students directions on what they are to be doing at the station. Think of word card with a QR code that takes them to a picture of an object that represents the word or a video file of the teacher giving the student examples.

      • Scan the code on the left to see an example that navigates to the esu3ipads site

      • Scan the code on the right to see an example of a QR code that gives students directions.

Use Existing Product QR Codes in a Math Lesson: Give students multiple items with QR codes attached. (Dole bananas have QR codes on their stickers) You can use existing QR codes that come on products or create your own using Easy QR. Students then scan the QR code to find the value of the item and work math problems related to the price tag on the item. Below are two examples:
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