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Teachers Guide on The Use of QR Codes in The Classroom

What are QR codes ?
According to Wikipedia, a QR code is  " a specific matrix bar code ( or two-dimensional code ), readable by dedicated QR bar code readers and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be text, URL, or other data."

 Here are some video tutorials to help you understand it all :
Video tutorial : Introduction to QR Codes
Video Tutorial 2 : Why Use QR Codes
Video Tutorial 3 : How to Use QR Codes


What do I need to start  using a QR code ?
To view or scan a QR code you will need :

  • A phone with a camera or a Smart phone.
  •  Most Smartphones will have a barcode scanner as an app which will read QR codes
  • A program that lets you scan them ( check the list of such programs below )
  • You must have access to internet when you are to scan a QR code.
  • If you don't have a phone you can use your desktop or netbook provided it has a webcam to read the codes
QR Code generators
Here is a list of some of the best free QR codes generators that teachers can use to easily create QR codes containing all kinds of information.

1- Kaywa
This is one of my favourites . It lets you generate codes from text, URL, phone number and SM.

2- Snap.vu
This one here lets you generate codes from URLs and has an option for tracking usage of the code.

3- Delivr
 This service allows you to shorten a URL and generate QR code from all kinds of URLs.

4- Sparqcode
This tool helps users generate QR codes from phone numbers.

5- Qurify
This one generates  QR code from text.

6- Bit.ly
This is known for shortening URLs but it also generates QR codes ( click on info page or add ".qrcode" to the end of a shortened URL to get QR code ).

7-Goo.gl
This is another famous service for shortening URLs and it also generates QR Codes by clicking details or add ".qr" to the end of a shortened URL to get QR code.

8- Creater qr codes
This service lets you generate codes from text.

9- Invx
This one too does the same thing: generates codes from text.

10- Go QR Me
This tool lets you generate QR codes from text, URL,calling a phone number, SMS, Vcard.

11-Qreate and track
This one generates QR code from URL, email, phone, text, business card, schedule event.

12-QR Stuff
This one has more options. It generates codes from Text, URL, phone number, SMS, email message,iTunes, Google maps, YouTube,social networks and many more.

13- Snap Maze
It generates QR code from URL, text, phone number, SMS, Vcard.

14-Zxing
It generates QR codes from email address, geolocation, phone number, sms and more.

15- Esponce
This one generates QR code from text, URL, vCard, email address, online number, sms and more.

16- Jump Scan
It helps users create a code that contains all contact information and social media information.

17-myQR.co
This one here generates code from text, URL, vCar, maps

Webliography :
1- Why QR Code are Here to Stay
2- Code and Chips Please
3- QR Codes and Education
4- What The Heck is A QR Code ?
5- QR Codes in Education
6- Fifty Ways to Use QR Codes for Learning
7- Using QR Codes on A Laptop
8- QR Codes Samples
9- How to Use QR Codes in Student Projects
10- How Do I Use QR Codes in The Classroom ?
11- How to Make QR Codes using Google
12- QR Codes: In The Classroom
13- QR Codes in Education
14- A Great QR Code Livebinder
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