Since I began this technology journey, I have tried a lot of ideas in my classroom. Some have been successful, some not. Along the way, I haven’t felt anxious or afraid of trying something. I am always excited about trying out a new idea—until I hit QR Codes®.
I’m not sure what is it about those codes, but I found them daunting! I just thought it would be way too difficult for my students and me to make and use them. Boy, was I ever wrong! They are really quite easy to make, and the kids love using them.
I came across this post from FlapJack Educational Resources. It gave very simple, easy-to-understand instructions on how to make a QR Code. Another post from FlapJack had ideas of how to use the codes in your classroom.
During our multiplication unit, I had the early finishers write out multiplication word problems on note cards. I loved how creating the problems gave the students the chance to work at a higher level of thinking. After solving their problems, the students made QR Codes with their answers. Then we printed, cut out, and attached them to the word problem cards.
I hung the cards around our room and allowed early finishers to solve the problems and check their answers using the Scan – QR Code and Barcode Reader app. This got the kids up and moving around the classroom, which is always a plus.
The early finishers had a fun activity that helped them practice higher level thinking skills as well as their math facts, and I got over my phobia of QR Codes! Since then, I have discovered another post loaded with great ideas for using QR Codes, and I can’t wait to try more.
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What ideas do you use in your classroom to help with early finishers?