June 28, 2013

How to Create a QR Code

As more and more smart devices (such as the iPad or Android phones) are used to access online services or information, QR codes are rapidly becoming a way to get people to websites in an efficient manner.  Maybe you've seen them on posters, on groceries, in newspapers or on receipts.  They're becoming more and more prominent in education, too.  

Jenny Magiera wrote a great blog entry called, The DaVinci (QR) Code: Using QR Codes to share digital student work in which she lists some great examples of how they can be used to share work students create on the iPad.  Maybe you have ways you use them as well.  

QR codes can be generated and saved through your district Google account (the one you use to log into your Gmail).  The reason I like using the district account is that the codes you create are saved in a list.  You can go to this list periodically to see how many times the link was clicked.

 Here's how:

1.  Find the link for which you want to generate a QR code and COPY it.
2.  Log in to your district Gmail.
3.  Go to goo.gl.  If you've never used this before, your list will be empty.

4.  Paste your link and click SHORTEN URL. 
5.  Your link will be shortened (which makes things easier when sending the link to others) and it will be saved in a list below as long as you have your account; you won't be able to see them unless you are logged into your Gmail.
6.  Click the DETAILS link.
7.  Your QR code will appear at the top of the page.  Save it to your computer by RIGHT CLICKING and choosing SAVE IMAGE AS.

8.  Give the image a name and click SAVE.

Now you can upload this image anywhere, add it to a Google Doc, project it on the wall, or print it on a piece of paper to pass around the classroom or place on a poster.  When the code is scanned with a QR code reader app on the iPad (or any smart device), the code will send you to the website.

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