Tried it Tuesday: QR Codes in the Classroom

I'm linking up with Holly today over at Fourth Grade Flipper to share something "new to me:" QR Codes.

I know there are a lot of people around the country that use technology and QR codes almost daily in their classrooms.  Some of you may reading this may also, and be thinking what?  Coffee Cups, surely you are behind the times.  And indeed my friends, I feel a little like that.  But, old dog.. new tricks, I think it is important, and here I am.
We are finishing up a unit on Rates.  Within this unit I had to teach: Unit Rate, Unit Price, Constant Rate of Speed, Rates in Measurement and Choosing an Appropriate Rate.  Fun Fun!  I wanted a new way to review because.. well... it's March. March is a long, long, long, long, long, month for us in the NorthEast.  We get snow, wind, rain, and sometimes sunshine. We don't usually get any days off, and we don't see spring break until the end of April.  One of my BBBs, AMC just wrote about using QR codes in her classroom to help with math facts, and I know, we need to perk things up a bit.  So I gave them a try. 
I found a great website that will convert my answers into a scannable QR code.  I'm sure there are many out there, but you can go {HERE} to see the one I used.  I created a set of 20 questions that reviewed Rate.  On each one, I set up a scannable QR code.  In class on Monday we used the review packet.  I loaded my Iphone and Ipad with a scannable app for free to use.  Then I used my group table as a checking station.  Students came to me to scan and check using one of the devices.  It allowed me to check on the work they had to show since I am big on Constructive Response at this point, and it allowed me to watch them use the devices.  BINGO!  So MUCH FUN!
Even my most reluctant math students were using their notebooks and working through problems to get to scan the code.
Students worked together, and helped each other.  They were patient in line, and used kind words of encouragement while waiting.
I was so happy to see this technology being used!  The codes were really pretty easy to make, and I'm sure there will be more of this in my future.
If you teach Rates and happen to be looking for a little something to perk up your review, you can go {HERE} to check out my packet.  Let me know if it was helpful for your class as well!


  1. Welcome to the wonderful world of QR codes. You are not alone...I just started using them this school year and I love them! The kids do too! I bet the wheels are spinning in your head on all the ways you can now use them! :)
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. I love QR codes too but don't use them as often as I would like. I need to get on the ball with that! I had a lot of activities for math but not as many for ELA. Now, I am only teaching ELA this year. After the stress of the test is over, maybe I can focus on what's more important. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. Welcome to the world of QR codes. You should get your students to create QR codes too. They can add codes to their reports to videos, websites - anything. Keep the addiction going : )

  4. I love QR Codes and the motivation they stir up in my students! Have lots of fun with them!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  5. Can you only use them with IPods? My school has Mac books.

  6. I would love to try out QR Codes with my students. I wish we had iPads! I've been hearing a lot about this lately. My fingers are crossed that the rumor is true and next year my school will get them!

    Fifth Grade Wit and


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