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Embed QR codes in your own website or application with our API. Place QR codes on any website with only one line of HTML code.

This is a useful QR code creator that allows you to add a password to your codes. You can use this to protect private information or make the passwords the answer to a question to access a new question to create a chain of questions for a QR code quiz. Encode for a web link, message, contact details or maps. All without needing to sign up! Sign in to get analysis of your codes.

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Share your Delivr short URLs and QR Codes with friends and fans across social networks like twitter, Facebook, Google+, and email.

Sign up to receive FREE extras like a personalized Delivr address, editing of your destination URL, location via Device GPS, and QR Code tracking with activity maps.

Scann it…Delivr shortens links and creates QR Codes. Distribute these QR Codes wherever your audience can see and scan them.

http://delivr.com/

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Inman, Ks is doing a 1:1 iPads this year and I have been writing about QR Codes quite a bit.  Scott A. Flaming, District Technology @ Inman Schools told me about  good QR reader:

“As far as QR readers go, we have a favorite of QRafter… it allows the kids who can’t scan from the center of the room to pass the image to their neighbor after they’ve scanned it.

Qrafter is the first QR Code app that is designed for iPad instead of just taking the iPhone version and making it bigger!

Qrafter is a free two-dimensional barcode scanner for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Its main purpose is to scan and parse the contents of QR Codes. It can also generate QR Codes when you purchase the “Pro Pack”. Qrafter has the following features:

- Very fast QR Code scanning
- Color inverted code scanning
- QR Code regeneration for scanned codes
- QR Code generation from scratch with various content types*
- Embedded web browser with vCard and iCalendar support
- Support for opening vCard and iCalendar files directly from Safari*
- Embedded map browser
- Embedded SMS sending
- Embedded email sending
- Embedded contact adding
- Embedded event adding
- Embedded Twitter integration
- Support for printing QR Codes on devices that support AirPrint*
- Support for sending history information by email*
- Full localization support
- Torch light on devices with flash

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I have written a couple of posts about QR codes in the past, Turn a paper based book into an interactive book with QR Codes and QR Treasure Hunt Generator! Get students using their mobile devices to move and to learn as well as teaching about them all summer in my class and workshops.  Clearly, they are the new trend.  I do believe they are catching on because they are so darn easy to create and make everything easier for teachers and our students.

For example, I had a two of amazing teachers, Susan Gronquist & Sara Alderman from Alma (KS) Elementary take my undergraduate technology class this summer, just for the sake of learning! I really wish I could import a couple of teachers into every class.  It really added a richness to our work & discussions in my preservice teachers technology class this summer.

For example, when we reached the QR Code thing in class this summer, Susan brought a box of books from her classroom and my students helped gather resources and make the QR Codes for those books, now she has about 30+ books with rich resources to use with her kiddos this fall.  And Sara sent a letter home to her kindergartners & parents explaining QR Codes and that she would have a couple on each weeks’ newsletter for them to explore.

Here is an article by Kelly Turner about using QR Codes in Social Studies, although every idea is applicable in any classroom or grade level.  Check out her article and see all the ways you could be using QR codes in your classroom.

http://www.kerryjturner.com/?p=365

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This QR code thing is pretty cool.  I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago, Turn a paper based book into an interactive book with QR Codes, and this week in my technology class, I did an exercise with my students.  They are all future teachers, I showed them a couple examples of children’s books (grandkids) I did and asked them to bring something to class the next day so they could give it a try.  Most brought children’s books, and not all worked well for the project.  But, one student brought a road map of Kanas and found videos about various historical towns.  One student, bought a book about the Rainforest, another a book about animals and so on.  For the most part pretty good.  But we did learn a few things…..

Of course, hind sight is 20/20! We had to go to our lounge lab where there is a printer and of course, pay for printing.  So most screen captured the codes as they made them, and made the codes smaller so they could put a whole bunch on a page and not have to pay the 11 cents a page to print.

WHAT we learned!
1. Don’t shrink the codes!  Mobile devices have to be a set distance from the code to focus.  Too small, camera cannot focus.
2. Do not put codes too close together if more than one. The camera in the mobile device can only see one image at a time, too close together, you have to get close with the camera to only see one image and then it can”t focus.
3. Most of the QR Code makers have size choices for a reason, use the defaults.
4. If you are gluing the codes you made on things, try different kinds of glue, Glue sticks don’t stick very well in those slick pages of many children’s books.

Resources for Making QR Codes and using in the classroom

Article to read from the blog, (http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/) Teach Paperless; seeking solutions to the mysteries of 21st century teaching and learning: Thinking Outside-the-Box With QR Codes by Noah Geisel

Augmented Reality in Plain English: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/07/augmented-reality-in-plain-english.html

Kaywa: http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

Daqri: https://daqri.com/accounts/signup/,  check out their great tutorials and the cool things you can do including video tutorials for How-to http://blog.daqri.com/.  This one is in beta………daqri is a content publishing platform that will make Augmented Reality accessible to anyone. daqri is currently in public beta, but you still need an invitation. Get one from an existing daqri user, or sign up on the list up above to request one from us.  You have to request an invite.  I did and just got mine, WOW is this tool amazing!

Cybrary Man’s extensive list of QR Code resources. http://cybraryman.com/qrcodes.html

Top 10 Free Online QR Code Generators: http://freenuts.com/top-10-free-online-qr-code-generators/

Making it work on your Mobile device: Your device (iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, Android, and many more brands) must have a camera.  Just look for an app that reads QR codes.  I am using the one by Tapmedia on my iPhone & iPad.  It is FREE although they do have a paid version too.  The Free version seemed to have worked just fine so far.   http://www.tapmedia.co.uk/ or to download from iTunes. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qr-reader-for-iphone/id368494609?mt=8

Article for using with your WEBCAM on your computer. http://www.dansl.net/blog/?p=256

Using the WebCam on you MAC:  There is an Application in the Mac Apps Store called QuickMark for $3.99.  It amazing.

 

And Classtools has an app with a really good idea about creating a scavenger hunt and they have lots of examples.

So, give it a try and let me know how it goes.  Here are a few more resources from TEACHERS!

QR Huh? What The Heck Is A QR Code? Steven Anderson

QR Codes in the Classroom Richard Byrne & Charity L. Preston

Interesting way of using QR codes in the Classroom Tom Barrett

QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide Vicki Davis

Hot QR Codes in the Classroom and Library Gwyneth Jones

QR Codes in the Classroom David Hopkins

10 Ways to use QR Codes in the Classroom Barbara Schroeder

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Okay, this is just the coolest thing. A friend, Diane Lawrence, told me about this cool thing you could do with a Children’s book (or any book) using QR codes (bar codes) couple weeks ago.  I finally had time to give it a try.  So here is the deal……..

Get a book, one you can find videos or even websites to enhance or go along with the book.

I was at an amazing ESL conference in Iowa recently and purchased the children’s book, On the Same Day in March; A Tour of the World’s Weather, by Marillyn Singer, illustrated by Frane’ Lessac.

Her is what to do………..

1. Find a video that goes with something in the book.

2. In my book the first page is about Polar Bears in the Arctic. So, I found a video about Polar Bears from the Discovery Channel.  http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/planet-earth-ice-world-polar-bears.html. By the way, I would dig around more and find something WITHOUT ads to use in my classroom.  But this worked for now.

3. Open the Kaywa QR code Generator http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

4. Paste in the URL for the video

 

 

 

 

5. Click the Generate button

6. It will make the QR code.

7. Now print that code and put it on the corresponding page in the book.

8. Get out your iPod Touch or iPad, install a FREE QR Code Reader.  I used the one by TapMedia and it seems to work just fine, but there seem to be tons of them, so there may be a better one.

9. When the child reads the page in the book, he will use the QR Reader on the iPod Touch or iPad.  It scans the code and takes the child right to the video.

How cool is that! I am going to be making a book for each of my grand kids.  Wow, is this going to be fun.

Think about those struggling readers, or how you could really turn a kid onto to a subject this way.  What about for Vocabulary. Interactive books are the future for sure and this is a way you could make about any book interactive. Give it a try.