QR Codes for Language Classes
A QR Code is a kind of bar code which can be read with a smartphone for information transfer.
Creating a QR Code
There are a number of free sites online which can be used. I use Kaywa or QRStuff
Reading a QR Code
There are a number of free readers for both android and iOS. I use QR Reader for iPhone
Using a QR Code
Aside from the ‘contact’ functions, there is little difference between providing a QR Code and a URL (I often provide both, using the url shortener https://goo.gl). The main differences are that students accessing information on their phones find it much easier via a QR code than a URL. The QR code can be printed on a worksheet or projected during class. These are a few of the ways I have used QR codes.
1. To link to a Dropbox folder.
2. To link to a Google form.
3. To link to a YouTube playlist.
4. To link to pdf class handouts.
5. To give the students my contact details.
Here is a QR code that will take you to a copy of this handout online.