Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sparking Student Motivation with QR Codes

While many teacher have been using QR codes for awhile now, I was hesitant to jump on the bandwagon.  I was fearful that they wouldn't work, cause more of a problem than be helpful, and take away from the learning itself.  I don't know what changed my mind, but I am grateful for it.
QR codes have transformed both literacy and math centers in my classroom.
 Students use codes during their listening center.  Each code links to a different story that is read to them via YouTube with Safe Share.  I purchased these amazing book codes from Lawen Christianson.

 Students also use QR codes to self check some of their centers.  Here students worked on determining if numbers were in the correct order.  They recorded their answers and then checked their work using the QR codes.
Here is another literacy center where students used picture cards to determine which short vowel category each picture fit in.  They recorded each word in the proper group.  Last, they checked their answers using the short vowel QR code.

I am amazed by how engaged my kiddos are.  Of course there were a couple of hiccups, one of the iPads kept dropping off the WiFi, a couple students needed a bit more guidance, but overall the outcome has been AMAZING!  If you have the technology available, I highly recommend using QR codes in your classroom.

How do/would you use QR codes with your students?

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  1. I love QR codes too - so many possibilities and I love that students can check their own work. I have not used any linked to books yet but I did purchase a set that has reading response questions in the code - so excited to print, laminate and use : )

  2. My kiddos love QR codes! What a great idea. :) Thanks for sharing.
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  3. You're right-QR codes are very motivating to kids! We have used them in my classroom and my students loved it! Our school is getting more and more iPads, which is exciting! Thanks for sharing and linking up!
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