Sunday, July 8, 2012

QR Codes For My Classroom Parents? Really?

Scan to go to QR Website

I was rambling around on Pinterest today and got lost in all the fabulous teacher ideas that are out there.  Raise your hand if you don't get lost when you are on Pinterest!  See, I knew no one would be raising their hand or did you?  I found this fantastic idea for sharing information with parents instead of having to hand out business cards with my information on it.  QR CODES!!!

Who knew that someday I would be having my parents scan these weird looking creatures that would then transfer information to their phones?  (OK, the "Outer Limits" song just popped into my head and why did that happen?) 

OK, so back to the information I want to share with you to save your life or just a little bit of time?  If you go to this website http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ you can create your own information QR codes too! (happy dance time)  Do you have a QR reader?  Well, there's an app for that! (ha ha ha, had to throw in a funny, sorry) No, there really is an app for that so you can read QR codes everywhere! 

When you get to the website it will look like this:


If you want to share just information about yourself then you need to click on the "Text" button. Type in your information and click on "Generate FREE" to have it created into a QR image.  I typed my name, the school's name and other information which I will not share because this is a public blog.  I then right clicked and saved the image to my desktop. I then transferred the QR code onto a document that will be hanging in various places in my classroom.  I also created another QR code image with the same website.  This time I used the "url" button and typed in the site where my school supply list is so parents would have it on their phones too. (I have now saved an entire tree)  
Creating a QR Code

We have 21st century kids so why shouldn't we be presenting them and their parents with 21st century technology?  Our time is up and I enjoyed sharing my new found technology ideas to help save you time and maybe even impress your parents?  Thanks for stopping by AND if you have an idea of how to use QR codes a different way in the classroom would you please share?

15 comments:

  1. I saw a pin on that too! I love the idea of using QR codes to give the parents personal info. It would be much quicker for them. Thanks for posting on this. I need to make me one of those little creatures today! :)

    Sarah
    Miss A's Kindergarten

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    1. Sarah, let me know how your little creatures turn out! ha ha ha!!!

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  2. As I become familiar with the QR codes, that seems like a great idea! I was going to print that on my Vistaprint cards this year & see how it goes!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  3. Can you explain QR codes to me? Not totally getting it (yes, I'm embarrassed to admit this).

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  4. Awesome! Thanks for this idea! I love keeping up with tech-y stuff like this.

    Tawnya
    kinderlandfun.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Tawnya, I am so glad you visited and I love techy things too. Where are you on Pinterest and do you pin techy things?

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  5. I just blogged about a QR Pinterest idea I saw. :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I feel like having my information at hand all the time will help some parents stay in touch better than they would have in the past. :)

    ★ First-Graders from Outer Space ★

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  6. We just talked about QR codes in my iPad class today. An idea we got was to use fotobabble to take pictures of student artwork and have the student talk about his/her art. Then use a qr code for the URL of the fotobabble link. Print out the qr codes and place them near the student's artwork. Parents can scan the code and listen to their children talk about their work. Isn't technology great? I just posted a couple of other ideas I got from my ipad class today on my blog, with more coming tomorrow.

    Joell
    Totally Terrific Teaching

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  7. You know just this morning I was getting frustrated with making business cards. I'm going to check this out! Thanks!!!

    Stacey
    www.shootforthem00n.blogspot.com

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  8. This is the best idea! I am so excited. You are so right in that it is a 21st century skill to know/have. I can't wait to do this. I'm also your newest follower.

    Randi @ Teach It With Class
    (I linked my blog up thanks!)

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    1. Thank you Randi and I am glad you came by! I can't wait to see how my QR codes work out on Open House Night!

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  9. I LOVE this! I hope I have enough time to do it. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your kind comment. Your blog is great! :)

    FlapJack Educational Resources

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  10. I LOVE QR Codes! We have done two projects with these. The first was to take children's literature and find great websites that extend the ideas in the book. Then, we created a QR code and taped it into the books. Kids can scan the code at a center and get more info. My favorite example was Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons-since its a picture book, it was great to have a code that actually showed a video or went to an interactive site. The other is a free download on TpT. We created animated videos that launch rich math problems--so, when students scan the code, the video explains the problem, and students solve it. You can get the free download at our TpT store http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Math-Science-With-Tlc
    Love the engagement of the kids with the QR codes--they are finding them everywhere!
    Kelli

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  11. Kelli - really like that idea for extending ideas found in a book. Would be great for older students.
    And Deb - Pinterest should definitely come with a warning but as a parent and teacher I love it. I love that I can access things I have pinned at home or at work and that I can share interesting ideas just as easily. There are so many incredibly creative and generous people out there and this is just another tool that helps bring educators from all parts of the world together.

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