Showing posts with label QR Droid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label QR Droid. Show all posts

Monday, December 23, 2019

Two Easy Ways to Share Google Forms Without Google Classroom

The school that I am teaching in this year draws students from multiple school districts who come to us for technical/ vocational classes, but take their traditional academic classes in their home school districts. It is because of that arrangement that I have one class in which I can't use Google Classroom because not all of the students have the same email domain and I can't force them all to get a consumer Gmail address. Therefore, when I want to share something like a Google Form with them I will either use a QR code generated with QR Droid or share a shortened URL generated by Yellkey. In the following video I demonstrate how both of those tools work with Google Forms.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

One Code to Share It All at Open House Night

September is a popular month for schools to have open house nights or back-to-school nights for parents. Those are great opportunities for parents to see how the first weeks of school are going and what's happening in your classroom and school. At open house night parents often end up with collection of papers that they may or may not save for reference throughout the school year. This year try using QR codes to put the odds in your favor of the information in those papers being saved. You can create QR codes and paste them on the door to your classroom, on a bulletin board, or right at the bottom of the papers you're distributing.

I use QR Droid's free QR code generator to create QR codes that lead to all kinds of valuable information. In the video embedded below I provide a short demonstration of how to create a QR code that contains your contact information.

Friday, April 5, 2019

How to Share Google Slides via QR Code

Earlier this week I published a video and blog post about how to share Google Forms through QR codes. In response to that video a follower of my Facebook page asked for some help sharing Google Slides presentations via QR code. Students were having trouble viewing the slides she had shared via QR code so she reached out to me for help. She wanted students to be able to view the slides without having to open them in their own Google accounts. This problem was quickly fixed once I learned how she had shared the slides.

The problem my reader was experiencing was due to the fact that when she created the QR code she used the link that is available through "share" button in the upper, right corner of the Slides editor. Even though the option she choose was "anyone with the link" the Slides would only open if her students signed into their Google accounts. To resolve this problem I had her use the "Publish to the Web" link that is available under the "File" drop-down menu. Take a look at the new video I made to see how this process works.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

How to Make a QR Code for Just About Anything

This fall there seems to be a renewed interest in QR codes, at least amongst readers of this blog. In just the last two weeks I've answered a half dozen emails with questions related to QR codes. QR codes can make it easy to get all of your students onto the same webpage, into the same document, or viewing the same file relatively quickly. QR Droid, my go-to tool for making QR codes, makes it possible to create a QR code for just about anything online.

In the following video I demonstrate how to use QR Droid to make QR codes for Google Docs, for video files in Google Drive, and for webpages. The process that I demonstrate can be applied to just about anything that is hosted online.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

How to Create a QR Code for a Google Form

This afternoon I received an email from a reader who wanted to know how to make a QR code for quiz that she had made in Google Forms. The process is rather straight-forward as it requires just one simple tool outside of Google Forms. To create a QR code for a Google Form simply click the "send" button in the upper-right corner of your Form, highlight the link and copy it. Then paste that link into the QR code generator on QR Droid. The video embedded below illustrates this process.

By the way, this process works for any URL not just those provided by Google Forms.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Two Easy Ways to Create QR Codes to Use In Your Classroom

QR codes make it easy to quickly share important information with students. Through a QR code you can share links to websites and Google Documents (provided you have set sharing permissions to "anyone with the link") for your students to open on their tablets or phones. You can share links to Google Calendars or to specific calendar events that students then sync to the calendars on their mobile devices. In the video embedded below I demonstrate two ways to quickly create QR codes.

The two tools featured in the video are QR Droid and

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Three Things to do With QR Codes On Back-to-School Night

At back-to-school night parents usually end up with collection of papers that they may or may not be saved for reference throughout the school year. Use QR codes to put the odds in your favor of the information in those papers being saved. I figure that if parents and or students scan and save information on their mobile devices, they are far more likely to retain it that way than if I gave them pieces of paper. So create QR codes and paste them on the door to your classroom or on a bulletin board in your room.

I use QR Droid's free QR code generator to create QR codes that lead to all kinds of valuable information. Here is some of the information that you can share through QR codes created with QR Droid's free QR code generator.

1. Links to websites and Google Documents (provided you have set sharing permissions to "anyone with the link").

2. Your contact information. Fill in the short form under "contact" on QR Droid's free QR code generator and the code created will give parents access to your preferred contact information.

3. Calendar events. QR Droid's free QR code generator has field for calendar events. Complete the form to create the QR code for an event. When parents scan the code the event can load in their preferred calendar apps.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes

I was recently asked to write a magazine article about how I've used QR codes in my classroom. While I can't share that article yet (the magazine publisher has rights to it first) I do want to share another good resource on the topic of using QR codes in the classroom. Tom Barrett's Interesting Ways series includes a slidedeck about using QR codes. I just made a contribution to the slidedeck so now it is up to 45 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Create a Mobile Language Lesson With QR Voice

I've seen QR Voice mentioned by a few other bloggers recently so I had to check it out for myself. QR Voice is a free tool that allows you to create QR codes that when scanned will play a short audio message. To create your message and QR code you can record a voice message by clicking the microphone icon on QR Voice or you can type in your message. Either way you're limited to 100 characters. QR Voice is offered in Spanish, English, Japanese, and Portuguese.

I initially had trouble getting my messages to play back correctly, but after clearing the cache on my tablet's browser QR Voice worked as it should. The app that I'm using to scan and decode QR codes is QR Droid.

Applications for Education
Teachers could use QR Voice to create QR codes that they then print and attach to objects in their classrooms or schools. Then have students try to identify those objects in the language that they're trying to learn. To check their answers students can scan the QR code and hear the correct answer on their phones or tablets.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tag My Doc - Assign QR Codes to Your Documents

One of the things that I really like about QR codes is that they make it very easy to put useful information on your phone or tablet. Rather than trying to type a long address into your mobile browser's url bar (which can take me forever on a virtual keyboard) you can simply scan a code and open a website or file. There are a lot of tools out there for creating QR codes for webpages (including public Google Docs) but if you want to assign a QR code to a document that isn't online, that can be a little trickier unless you use Tag My Doc.

Tag My Doc is a new service that allows you to assign and print a QR code on your documents. The process is very simple. Just upload your document and let Tag My Doc generate a QR code for it. You can then print out your document with a QR code on it. The free version of the service allows you to store up to 1GB of documents on your Tag My Doc account, password protect your documents, and choose the placement of the QR code on your document.

Watch the video below to learn more about Tag My Doc.

Applications for Education
As I mentioned above, I think that one of the big benefits of QR codes is the ease with which you can put important content on your phone or tablet. Use Tag My Doc to put QR codes on the paper documents you distribute in your classroom. Then students can scan them to save them to their phones and tablets thereby eliminating the need for you to give out extra copies when if your students lose the paper documents you gave them.

If you're looking for a QR reader here are some that you can try:
Android - QR Droid
iPhone - QR Scanner
Windows & Blackberry - BeeTagg

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thinking About QR Codes and How to Make Them

QR Code for this blog
Today while I was driving from my old house to my new house (something I've done at least ten times this week in an attempt to get myself settled before school starts tomorrow) I got to thinking about QR codes. I wrote about QR codes last month when I shared Russel Tarr's QR Treasure Hunt Generator. At the time I was so focused on the idea of getting students up and physically active that I totally overlooked the biggest benefits of an activity like a QR Code Treasure is that when students scan a QR code and access the information they then have a highly portable record of information. That portable record can go anywhere they take their phones.

Applications for Education
I create all of my documents including study sheets for my students using Google Documents. In that past I have made those documents public and posted them on my classroom blog. This fall I'll continue to do that, but I think I will also create a QR code for those documents so that students can have quick portable access to the study guide. I'm using QR Droid to create QR codes by simply entering the URL of the page for which I want a QR code generated.