Examples of how to use QR codes for learning.

QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) first designed for the automotive industry in Japan.

The QR Code system has become popular in schools due to its fast readability and greater storage capacity.

QR Codes in learning.

‘A student with a SmartPhone is walking around with a dictionary, translator, calculator, encyclopaedia, camera and video recorder in their pocket, and that’s before they have downloaded any applications!’

(Ben Solly is assistant principal at Long Field School in Melton Mowbray)

Embed in worksheets

By attaching a QR Code to a worksheet, students have the opportunity to deepen their understanding through links to online resources or videos. One of the main advantages of this is that students can watch or view the links as many times as they need in class or in their own time for homework.

Codes Trigger Videos

Codes Trigger Videos

Adding a new dimention to existing resources

Textbooks are still a valuable source of information but can be enhanced by placing a QR Code at key points within the text. These could link to an online resource, video, picture, diagram, blog or survey to further develop student understanding. In the past I have got students to create a resource as part of their learning. This can then be linked to a QR code and used to support other students when they reach the same point in a course.

Classroom/corridor displays

Enhance the impact of displays by including a QR Code that links a relevant online resource. (Examples below from our Maths, English, Business Studies and PE departments)

QR codes add a new depth to the info in this dispaly

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We are currently developing displays of students work, where a QR code will open a link where the student explains a bit more about their piece.

Treasure hunt and Orienteering 

These activities are becoming more and more popular and you can find several shared resources on the internet. By placing QR Codes around the school or classroom, students move around in small groups with a Smart devices, scan the code, complete the task or solve the problem and then move to the next code. Our PE department have adapted their orienteering course so that they now include QR codes.

QR codes on Mini Whiteboards.

If there is a website you use regularly in your lessons you can attach a QR code to a mini whiteboard. The example below takes students to Socrative.

QR  codes on mini white boards

QR codes on mini white boards

Other uses include Links to

  • Homework tasks
  • Extension task
  • Kit or Equipment reminders
  • Lesson Notes
  • Book reviews
  • School publications
  • Calender dates.

The rule is, if it’s on the web you can use a QR code to link to it.

Below is a link to a site that allows you to generate QR codes and also lets you track the usage of them.

you scan me link


If you want something a bit more colourful try http://qrphoria.com see example below.