Friday, February 15, 2013

Tama from Across the Pond - QR Codes (and a freebie!)

Hi y'all! Today I've got Tama from Across the Pond guest blogging for me about a topic I thoroughly enjoy... QR Codes! I hope y'all enjoy and visit Tama often after you've read this post! Make sure to leave her some love and let her know where you found her at!


Across the Pond

Hi Everyone! Salut from Across the Pond in Paris, France. This is my very first guest blog write up and I am super excited to blog for you on Miss Ventrella's Busy Bees.

I am eager to share with you all about QR Codes. Just exactly what are these mystery codes and what do they have to do with the classroom?? I would read so many posts about them, and just wave them away, thinking not for me. Well, I finally took a bit of time to read what they were, did some pinterest searches and I was sold!! .... and kicking myself for not embracing it sooner. These QR Codes which stand for  "Quick Response" are fabulous for engaging students and bringing a bit of technology into your classroom in an easy way.

These codes are super easy to create. Click here to take you to a link to create the codes. You can decide to do a code for a website, email, text, etc. Then upload the scanner app to your mobile device, IPad, tablette, and voilá! you have another engaging way to reach your students. I have two scanner apps on my phone, the Kaywa Reader and the QR Reader. They both work well. Sometimes the QRR Reader doesn't read the scan so I just switch to the other program. Here is the link to the Kaywa Reader App. Here is the link to the QRReader App. Both are free!!

Here is a link to a post of some ways teachers are using these QR Codes in their classrooms. The possibilities are endless - treasure hunts, parents evenings, sight words, shape activities, grammar treasure hunt. Even the students could create their own activities with the QR Code maker. There are some activities on pinterest but it remains to be seen how wide and far this could become.

I leave you with a number sequence activity that has QR codes for self-checking. Click here to get this freebie.

 I hope you enjoyed this post and you are invited to come over and check out my blog if you are interested. 


Thanks, Tama, for the fantastic post about QR codes! I hope you enjoyed and can use the sequencing activity she provided in your own classrooms!

Have a good day, y'all!


  1. Thank you for this info. I do the same thing and have no idea about this topic, so I avoid it! Guess I need to jump in and see what it's all about!

    Surfin' Through Second

  2. Fun guest blog! I really do need to start using those QR codes.

    Granny Goes to School

  3. I have never really looked into QR Codes, but this guest blog certainly makes me want to look into them. I found your blog on Wallflowers page on FB! I am a new follower.


    2nd Grade Pig Pen

    1. I totally agree, Teresa! I've always been scared to use them, to be honest. Glad you're following along - good to have you!


  4. Just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog. You have a great looking blog. Can't wait to explore and learn some new things.


    1. Hi Katie! Thanks for coming on by. I truly appreciate it!


  5. Wow! I have never really paid attention to QR codes but now, I want to learning more. Thanks so much for sharing Salut and hosting Sara. :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher


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