QR Codes and BYOD – A Perfect Match

Before I discovered QR Codes, one of the most common phrases I heard when I asked my sixth grade students to visit certain websites in our Bring Your Own Device classroom was, “Mr. Weyers, the website doesn’t work!”   Hearing that, I would always saunter over to the student, look at their device, and discovered that 90% of the time they had typed the web address incorrectly.  QR or “Quick Response” Codes instantly solved that problem.

QR Codes allow a student using a mobile device to scan a code that will immediately take them to a designated website, much like the bookmark feature on a web browser.  Luckily for us, creating them is quicker and easier than I ever could have imagined.

QR Codes and BYODHow to Make a QR Code for Use in Class:

  1. On a desktop computer, navigate to the web address you would like your students to
  2.  visit.  Copy the link.
  3. In a separate tab, Google search for Kaywa QR Code Generator and click the link to visit the Kaywa page.
  4. Paste the link you want your students to visit after the “http://” section in the middle of the page.
  5. Underneath the location you pasted the targeted web address, change the setting from “dynamic” to “static.”
  6. Click generate.
  7. Project the QR Code onto a SMART board or print QR code and place on the wall for students to scan.

Accessing the QR Code on a Mobile Device:

  1. Download the “Scan” app on your mobile device
  2. Open the “Scan” app and place the “bars” around the edges of your QR Code
  3. Will automatically scan and take you your designated web page!

For practice, feel free to use the QR Code above to access my blog!  I will apologize in advance as it is a rather skeleton as it was recently started.  Please let me know if you have any questions!