A Quick Response, or QR Code, is very similar to a bar code. The image consists of square dots in a unique configuration that provides information for the user just like the one to the left (go ahead, scan it!)
QR Codes can contain text, links (to web sites, videos, files), browser search results, PDF files, and so much more. QR Codes are safe to use in the classroom, so there’s no worry about leading your students astray - Students only access what you tell them to via the QR Code.
Why should you use QR Codes in your classroom or lecture? Some of the main reasons include that they:
- Are an easy way to give students relevant content
- Allows students to be more independent in the classroom (and outside of the classroom)
- Reduce student frustration of typing in a web address
How to make a QR Code
There are many free websites that allow you to create a QR code quickly and efficiently (alternatively, you can Google "Make a QR Code" and you'll find more options available to you!)
QR Code Generator
They all do the same thing, generate a QR code, so whichever you select is based on personal preference. Instructions are provided and the prompts on screen are easy enough to follow without any prior knowledge! In general, to make a QR Code to link to a video or webpage:
Step 1: Find your URL in the address bar in your web browser
Step 2: Go to the QR Code website of choice and paste the URL into the box when prompted
Step 3: Download the JPEG to your computer and save in the appropriate place for later retrieval.
How to scan a QR Code
Step 1: Open up your camera application on your phone, tablet
Step 2: Hold your device so that the QR code appears in the Camera app's viewfinder. Your device recognizes the QR code and shows a notification.
Step 3: Tap the notification to open the link associated with the QR code.
How to share a QR Code
Sharing your QR code is easy - simply embed the QR code image into your document or presentation so that the users can scan and find the relevant content. If you are unsure of how to do this, simply reach out to a member of the multimedia team and we'll be happy to help!