QR codes are so much fun for my students. We have created QR codes several times already this year. My students enjoy generating the codes, scanning the codes and exploring sites with the QR codes.
If you aren't familiar with QR codes, click here to read about them.
Today I'd like to tell you about a site called QR Voice. This site is really neat. It uses text-to-speech to make a QR code. First you type in text (up to 100 characters maximum). Then you slide a circle on a bar to choose the size for your QR code and then you generate your code.
The result is an automated voice recording of your text. The voice is a little mechanical, but easy to understand. We will use Quick Mark and our web cams to scan and read our QR codes since most of my students don't have cell phones.
The iPad 2 or an iPod Touch with a camera can also scan QR codes. You just need to install a scanning app such as Scanlife (it is free). I encourage my students to bring in their iPad, iPod, or smart phone if they have one. The last time we used QR codes I had 3 students bring in a device.
Here is a QR code I generated using QR voice. If you have a smart phone with an app that can scan QR codes, go ahead and listen to my message. I use the app Scanlife on my cell phone.
I plan to use QR voice with my students to create a voice message. We might answer questions about our story we're reading or send a holiday message to our friends and family. I can think of a lot of ways to incorporate this fun site!