- Codes can link to audio or video books that students can choose for themselves by interest or you can pick the books based on levels.
- Websites can be linked through QR Codes that offer a variety of informational text or educational websites specifically designed for a group of students or individual students
- Students can self assess after a given activity by scanning a code from their center to see if they completed the activity correctly or need to give it another try. (This could be directly on the WS or on a separate card)
- Educational videos from YouTube can be used to show students more information on a topic based on readiness levels.
These are just a few suggestions that I use often in my room. There are many more awesome ways!!!
Let’s create some codes together! For my Kindergarten pull out students this year, I wanted to find educational videos for the students to watch when they rotated out of my small group and off of computers. So I created similar codes as these for the students to scan. YES, kindergarten students can use QR codes and in fact they feel very grown up when they get this opportunity!
1. To start, I went to YouTube to find a few great videos. Type and search for the video topic you are looking for.
*** If you are linking videos from Youtube to QR Codes…the safest way to insure that students only see your video is to use the website safeshare.tv and paste the link to the Youtube video there. It will generate a link straight to the video (eliminating ads, links, or suggestions of other videos)***
2. Look through and watch the entire video to see if the content is what your students need and if the time length is appropriate for your students. If the students are not going to be engaged while watching the video and learn something then it isn’t worth it!
3. Once you find a video that you think is perfect for one of your groups, copy the link to the YouTube video. Then open in a new tab http://safeshare.tv Paste the link in the box and click generated safe link.
4. Click take me to the safe view. Double check to make sure the video is the same and again that it is safe for your students.
5. Now copy the url address to this safe link video. In a new tab type in https://www.the-qrcode-generator.com Click on the “url” tab and paste the link to the video. Then click save.
6. When the tab pops up with the QR code you can save the image or take a screenshot of the code. Then enter the code into a Word document or PowerPoint document to create a printable for your students.
Here’s a sample of how I print and organize my QR codes for my students. I have cards or pictures like below in the iPad dock. Students pick up their card, the iPad, headphones (if by themselves) and a stylus if needed. They pick a quiet spot, find the app to scan, and get to watching or reading! It works beautifully!!!
Also, I am sharing a little template of how to get started with QR codes in a PowerPoint file. It is very basic and certainly needs a touch of cuteness! So graphic it up and have some fun!
Here are a few QR code activities from my Teachers Pay Teachers store…
I hope you found this post helpful and that you will try QR codes out in your classroom to differentiate!