Poster Session

Monday Evaluation

Create and Learn with QRs

Christine Voigtlander

12/10/12, 1:20 PM-2:10 PM
Poster Table 3

Quick response codes allow teachers to put an interesting twist on curriculum content and instruction. We will describe, generate and integrate QR Codes in classroom instruction.

Christine Voitlander, Ed. D
Library Media Specialist
ISTE NETS*T Certified Teacher
Palmer Lake Elementary School
7300 Palmer Lake Drive
Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
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Pamela Manders
Library Media Specialist
ISTE NETS*T Certified Teacher
Zanewood Elementary School
7000 Zane Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
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Links and/or Materials:

QR Code Generators - There are many online tools that generate QR codes so you can use them in your classroom. All QR codes can store a short piece of text, website address, email address, or phone number.
Here are a couple of QR Code generators so you can get started. QR Stuff and Bitly.

QR Reader - Our district has a BYOD policy. So in my building we have 4th, 5th and 6th grade classrooms that allow students to use smartphones, iPods, and iPads in the classroom. The only requirement is that your device have a webcam so it can read the codes. The device then needs software to read the code. Some that we have tried are: Google Goggles, NeoReader, BeeTagg, and Scan. Our media centers have 15 iPods that students can use while in the media center. These devices use Scan.

What to use those QR codes for:

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MHL Survey

Surveys- There are many ways you can use surveys in the classroom. I like to use them to have students discuss the reading that they do for our Maud Hart Lovelace books. I also have a survey used from the Book Whisperer.

Treasure Hunts - A treasure hunt is a classic way to engage students in the classroom. We use this treasure hunt to help students practice finding books in the library while learning the Dewey Decimal system. By creating a simple website in Google Sites students access 10 different pages that contain requests for their sleuthing skills.
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Treasure Hunt


Secret Messages - Encode QR codes with secret messages then print them for students. You can code the quote of the day, vocabulary of the day, homework reminders or words of encouragement.

Book Reviews - Sometimes it is difficult to get students to practice the "Just Right" book strategies when choosing books to check out in the library. So to highlight books at a level that is appropriate for students we create suggested reading lists that link QR Codes to book trailers or other information about the recommended books. Students use iPods that belong to the media department to assist in finding "Just Right" books. Also, student work collaboratively to discuss which books might be interesting to read.

Connecting Students to Books - To get students interested in the Maud Hart Lovelace nominee readings, I print QR Codes on a sticker and place it in the book. Pupils scanning the QR Codes are taken to a YouTube Video as a source of further information about the the book. The YouTube Videos are book trailers created by students at Edinbrook Elementary School (also a District 279 school).
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MHL Students to Books

Using QR Codes to Tell a Story - Have students tell about their work is an excellent way to have students practice their oral language. This idea comes from Southfield Christian School.
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Storytelling Idea


Students Creating QR Codes for Projects - When students create work using any online media (blog, Google Apps, or Wiki) they can create QR Codes that links to their project to share. This works great in Classroom Newsletters and webpages.


Reservations using QR Codes