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Educator, Consultant, ADE , ClassTechTips.com

Great idea for using QR

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Great idea for using QR codes! Anyone can make them - it doesn't require an email account, so there aren't age restrictions.

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Hi,

I just want to applaud your great use of technology. I recently started using QR codes myself and see them as an enhancement in the classroom. With that being said, what are the limitations of QR codes? Say for instance at our school students are required to submit an e-portfolio as one of their conditions to graduate. So my question is, can students or anyone create their own QR code? If so, then our students would be able to link their QR code to their portfolio and the review panel could simply scan with their tablets and viola!

Educator, Consultant, ADE , ClassTechTips.com

That's fantastic! I've seen

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That's fantastic! I've seen them use to tour school gardens too!

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One of our teachers, Gina Fraher, used QR codes during Meet the Teacher Night. Students and families used iPads to explore the classroom and learn about the fabulous learning that will take place in their class and what to expect. Such an awesome idea for students and families to get familiar with their environment and the teacher! It started the year with positive expectations, and helped build great relationships.

Educator, Consultant, ADE , ClassTechTips.com

Great point Josh!

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Great point Josh!

Jr. High English Teacher from Little Rock, AR

Great idea!

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Great idea! I know what I'll be doing this summer.

Jr. High English Teacher from Little Rock, AR

Great idea! I know what I'll

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Great idea! I know what I'll be doing this summer.

High School English teacher in Abu Dhabi, UAE

I was speaking about this

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I was speaking about this with a guy on Twitter, and we noted that if you're flipping your classroom, or using something like Moodle to post most of your classwork, then QR codes become less useful. However, if you're not doing those things, and need to get batches of web information to your students via paper, then you're good to go with the QR codes.

High School English teacher in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Well, I would say that one

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Well, I would say that one limitation is that in order to use them, you have to have them point to somewhere, and that involves having the material hosted on a website. Whether it is audio or visual, the code has to point somewhere. And there are lots of places that offer free hosting for websites, but when you're talking about hosting audio files, or large amounts of photographs, that space can get eaten up pretty quickly. Therefore, I think long before someone considers QR codes you've got to think of how you're going to host the portfolios or video or audio files. Once that's done, you're set.

Technology Integration Specialist from Arizona

QR at Meet the Teacher

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One of our teachers, Gina Fraher, used QR codes during Meet the Teacher Night. Students and families used iPads to explore the classroom and learn about the fabulous learning that will take place in their class and what to expect. Such an awesome idea for students and families to get familiar with their environment and the teacher! It started the year with positive expectations, and helped build great relationships.

Teacher of French, levels 1-AP, near Sacramento, CA

Students use them too!

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Thanks for sharing. I am a huge fan of QR codes.
Here's another way I like to use them--and in this case, the students create the codes: QR codes are a great way to get evidence your students' knowledge on a topic of study. An added bonus is that the students then use the QR codes the same way they are used professionally on posters, brochures, and postcards: some information is easily transmitted via print media, but other information, such as audio files, or the content of a related Web site cannot be part of a paper document. As a result, QR codes are used professionally (and by my students) along with printed information to provide dynamic access to a more diverse and rich array of related information. So, I have my students do projects (in French) in which they create a flyer that presents some of the needed information in writing, but has links to other content they have created online and/or audio of them speaking and these other components of their work are connected to QR codes that they put on the brochure or flyer. The information in the QR codes does not repeat the information provided in writing--the point is to use the medium that is the best for the information students wish to convey, thereby also teaching and practicing media literacy.

Librarian at Kutztown Senior High School

QR codes link to book trailers

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We post QR codes on the covers of books to get potential readers to watch the trailer before they choose the title. As our students create their own trailers, they are responsible to also generate the code to put on the front to promote both their digital book preview as well as the book itself.

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