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Background Information: QR (Quick Response) Codes originated in Japan where they were used in the automotive industry to track vehicles in assembly. QR codes are black and white two-dimensional square codes on a white background. Once you know what a QR code is, you will begin seeing them everywhere---magazines, pizza boxes, stores (I even found one on the sticker of my banana linking me to the Dole web site :) Want to know more? This Common Craft Video gives a great overview.

Activities and Resources Shared at the QR Station:scanapp,png.png
  • Activity #1 Scan QR Codes Using the Scan App: In this activity you will learn more about QR Codes and how they are being used in education.
    1. Download and Open the SCAN App on your iPad 2scan-brackets.png
    2. Scan each of the three QR Codes at this link Line up the QR code for scanning by using the brackets--it seems to work best if you put the QR code in the center of the brackets (see the image on the right)
    3. The QR Code (depending on the one you scan) will either take you to the link to an web site, a text statement or a YouTube Video file. The history button in the app will allow you to revisit any of the links you navigated to with the QR Code.
    4. Tap the Scan button to scan another code.

  • Activity #2 QR Codes & Vocabulary:In this activity you will experience an activity where you learn the meaning of vocabulary words using QR Codenotes-app.png
    1. Turn on your iPad/iPod and open the Notes App: see the icon at right or run a search to locate the Notes app.
    2. Start a new page: Tap the + icon in the top right corner to add a new page.
    3. Label the page: Tap the newly created page and type “Prefixes” on the page using the onscreen keyboard.
    4. Type the prefixes: Continue using the onscreen keyboard to type the following prefixes--each on a new line (use the enter/return key)
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        • Dys-
        • Ante-
        • Inter-
      *use this page to take notes on the definitions at this station (see at right)
    5. Quick Access the Suspended Scan App: Double click the home button to return to your suspended Scan app—you will see the icon at the bottom
    6. Prefix Link: Navigate to each of the links below and read the directions for the task and SCAN the QR code. Make sure you complete the entire task reading all the way to the bottom:
    7. Quick Access Your Notes: Double click the home button to access your suspended notes app. After completing each card, add the definition of the prefix to your vocabulary page in the Notes App on your iPad.**

  • Activity #3 Creating a QR Code: In this activity you will learn how to create a QR Code using a web site. Turn on your iPad/iPod and open Safari:
    1. Navigate to the QR Code Generator web site: http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
    2. Create a Text Code with Contact Information or Your Schedule:
      • Once you arrive at the QR Code Generator Site, tap the radio button next to “TEXT”
      • Type your contact information (or schedule) in the 250 character text box
    3. Generate the Code & Save the Image
      • Click the “Generate” button
      • Tap and hold on the image to save it to your photo library.

Handouts from the QR Station:

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  • Readers:
    • I-nigma: available for most mobile devices (iPhone--works on iPad & iPod, Android & Blackberry)
    • Easy QR: simple all in one QR reader and creation tool.
    • Scan for ipad/ipod: very simple and recently updated to add new features.
    • QReader: for reading QR codes on desktop computers (must have a camera to capture)
    • Qrafter: iPod App that reads QR codes and also allows for the creation of QR codes on the mobile device.
    • Top QR Code Readers: 2d Code from the UK has created a listing of the top QR readers--if you are looking for a reader other than those listed agove, this might be a good starting point.

  • QR Code Creators

Ideas on Using QR Codes in the Classroom