When a school states that they are going to move to BYOD, the very first thing I show them is how to use QR Codes in the classroom. It is a great way to implement the devices into the curriculum. Below are a few ways to QR Codes in the different content areas.
1. Art- My sister is a high school art teacher. I showed her how to have the students create QR Codes for their art projects. When a student is done with their art project, they will create a QR Code that explains their picture, the artist, and what type of medium they used to complete the project. Then when she hangs the art work in the hallway, the QR Code is attached to the bottom right hand corner. (See the example QR Code Below)
2. Math- There are countless ways to use QR Codes in the math classroom. My favorite example of how I used them was with a Geometry Class. We created a scavenger hunt outside where the students had to find the QR Codes and then complete the activity that would pop up on their devices before moving onto the next Code. (See the example QR Code for Math Below)
3. Language Arts- BookReports, Character Characteristics, Setting, Plot, Themes, Book Scavenger Hunts, and so much more. Ways to use QR Codes in the language arts is just endless. Before students start to read a novel, short story, or even a news article. I will post character traits from the story around the room. A student will scan the code and then have to act out the character for the whole class. This activity gets the students up and moving, making predictions, and visually seeing the characters before they even open up the book. (Scan the LA QR Code below for an example of this activity.)
4. Science- During lab time, have the students scan the QR codes to get the next step, watch a video explanation or directions for how to write up the lab report. Another way we used QR Codes was during chemistry, we had the students create a QR Code for every element. Then place them around the room. And when the student had a free moment they would scan the QR Code review the element properties, and store the information into their phone. (See the QR Code Periodic Table below)
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