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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

5 Steps to Make Quizzes with QR Codes

Try separating a teenager from their phone. They text and search to solve a variety of problems. Instead of fighting it, put it to good use.


Here's a way to incorporate QR code readers and practice assessments that will get them up and moving.

1. Make a Quiz in Slides

The benefits of using Slides to make the quiz are in the print options. Slides can be printed one per page for a placard activity that will promote more movement in a lesson.

The other favorite print option is to set two on a page. This places the question and content on one half and the answer choices on the other, which works well when students are seated at tables or desks.


2. Make Two Images for the Responses

I made these two images in Google Drawing. This application is simple to use and provides a variety of file formats.

Download a png file and place it in your Google Drive. This allows you to get a link to turn into a QR. When students scan the code, they'll know whether they chose correctly or not.

To ensure that the link will open, set the link to the png file to "Public on the web" (see image below).


3. QR Code 

You can use whichever code generator you want. Test the QR to make sure your file in Google Drive opens.

I use a Chrome extension that generates a QR. Some of the extensions require you to copy the shared link, paste it into the omnibox (where you type URLs), and generate the QR from the loaded page.


4. Incorporate QR Codes as Response Choices

Remember that you only need two codes – one for each image. I arrange the codes in a four-corner layout because it provides space needed to avoid an unintended scan.


5. Print the Placards 

Print these in color (if you can). We like to post them in the hallway so other classes can get involved. If you have three other teachers in your PLC, that means each can contribute different questions.

I don't use this as a score in the gradebook, but it works well for practice and review.

Tip: Try different QR readers before you make a recommendation to your students or staff. Some of them are trying to make money, while others have slow browsers.