Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Help Your Students & Parents Keep in Contact with a QR Code!



I was browsing Pinterest this evening and came across an interesting Pin. The pin showed a picture of a QR Code printed on a piece of white paper with instructions to scan it with a QR Code Scanner. The pin originates from a 2011 blog post at Pencils, Paper and Pixie Dust which suggests to use the QR Code during Open House Night as an easy way for parents to get your contact information. I was intrigued by that idea and felt the urge to scan the QR code with my phone. When scanned, it took me to a simple page with school contact information for that teacher. What a wonderful idea! Its a quick and simple way to share your contact information with your (older) students and parents.

So I had to explore this a little further. The blog post didn't really explain the "how".  So how did this person create a QR Code that directs you to their contact information? After conducting a simple Google Search, I found this website which actually suggests readers use a QR Code generator at the Google Developer's Chart Wizard website. Added (7/25/14): I found a much better alternative to creating QR Codes with more customization and options! Try out QRstuff.com

Here's how to create a QR Code that, when scanned, will provide contact information.

  1. Visit the Google Developer's Chart Wizard QRstuff.com (added 7/25/14)
  2. Click the "Editor" tab
  3. Choose "QrCode" from the Chart Type drop down box
  4. In the Text box type the contact information you want to include (email addresses and website links will automatically be hyperlinked once created)
  5. Adjust the size, background color, and margins (Create a large enough QR Code so it's easy for people to scan)
  6. You can Right+Click on the QR Code to save it as an image or copy the HTML code to paste into a website


Voila! Now you have your own personal QR Code that, when scanned, will direct a person to a page with your contact information and appropriate hyperlinks. 

If you ever need to update your contact information, just return to the Chart Wizard, recreate the QR Code, and replace the old one.

Now for the neat Open House idea!

Once I created my QR Code, I saved it as an image to my computer. Then I created a quick and simple sign using a Google Drive document. I can print the sign and attach it to my front door in my classroom for any visitors to scan!

You can see the Google Drive document here: http://goo.gl/GOwDQ
"Make a Copy" for yourself and edit it to fit your needs!

You may also want to suggest a QR Code Scanner app for your parents and students to use.