You’re ready to take the QR plunge you think but then you go to the App store on your phone and realize there are three thousand different QR code readers and you get stuck reading all of the reviews and then you get upset that there are so many and that people actually get to review anything online because it doesn’t help you decide. I understand this! Perhaps I even feel the same way.
QR Applications for Smart Phones
Because there are so many I’ve narrowed it down. Both are free.
QRReader - It’s easy to use. Downloads in seconds and always works. Now of course I’m sure people will argue with me. Go ahead. I still like this one and it works. It is however just a scanner or reader. It’s job: to read QR codes.
Paperlinks - If you’re looking for something “fancier” try Paperlinks. The app for your phone will work like any barcode scanner. However, the upside is that if you create a free account with them online they will let you create ONE paperlink page. This page is like an “information” center that you can add background, photos links, etc. all for free about your organization, group, class, project, etc.. All of the information you want is on one page. It’s useful like an interactive business card but unless you want to pay you only get one. The downside? The app is only avaialbe for the iphone. Their website says its coming out with an Android app soon. Now you can still scan a paperlinks QR code with any type of smart phone but it just doesn’t look as tidy. See ours below as an example.
If you plan on doing anything with QR codes you need to download a “scanner” app to your phone first so you can become familiar with the process. If you plan on having students use them in class you need to make sure they download a scanner well in advance of an assignment so that there are no glitches.
QR Code Generator
Kawya- You also need to familiarize yourself and/or your students with a QR “creator” depending on how you see yourself using QR codes. My favorite is Kawya. It’s easy to use and free. The code from yesterday’s post was generated from this website. While it might not be fancy it will be an easy way for you to implement this into your classroom.
You’ll notice that you have several choices of what you can code.
- Website addresses-Choose the website you want to code and past it into the link box. Click the generate button. Doing this will allow you to “link” students to articles, blogs, videos, podcasts, etc. All of these they can experience from their phones.
- Text-For this option type a message directly into the box on the screen and click the generate button. When the code is scanned the text will appear directly on the phone’s screen.
- SMS-When you generate a code this way you are in essence supplying your phone number and a message that can be sent directly to you if scanned by a user.
- Phone Number- When you type in a phone number it generates a QR code that can allow anyone to add you as a contact or call you immediately.
For my purposes this week websites and text are the most important for classroom use. Test these out and see what works for you.