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Flowcode's Guide to QR Codes in Education

Using QR Codes
Flowcode's Guide to QR Codes in Education
Alex Rosenberg
Growth Marketing
Flowcode's Guide to QR Codes in Education


Educational institutions are often on the cutting edge of technology, whether it’s university research or introducing elementary school students to computers in the days before every child had a smartphone in their pocket.That’s why it’s no surprise that schools and universities are using QR codes to continue moving education into the future. QR codes can link instantly to online information, provide access to daily assignments, turn classroom decorations into knowledge portals, and save paper and printing costs.

What are QR codes in education?

QR codes allow teachers and students to access an online destination by scanning a pattern with their smartphone or a similar device. Codes can provide links to information across a range of educational topics or resources teachers have created for their students.


How can QR codes be used in education?

Codes can serve all sorts of purposes in education, whether they’re integrated into lessons or used to coordinate assignments and schedules. Some examples of QR codes in education include:

1. Link to media

Codes can turn any page of text into a multimedia experience. Videos, audio, and even educational games are just a scan away. Instead of just providing text excerpts from a famous speech, teachers can link directly to a video clip.

2. Upgrade classroom decorations

Classroom decorations can make student environments more enriching with information related to the lessons they’re learning. QR codes take classroom decorations into the future by linking to information that can’t fit on the walls or media that can’t be printed out. They can also provide logistical support, like touch-free contact tracing for infected students.

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3. Provide access to daily assignments

The destination of dynamic QR codes can be changed without having to print new codes. That means teachers can put one code on the classroom wall or on stickers that students can scan to check what their daily assignments are.

4. Inform students of school activities

Codes can be placed throughout the school to keep students aware of events, clubs, extracurriculars, and anything else related to scheduling or activities. QR codes placed on doors can make it easy to find out what the room is meant to be used for at any given time.

5. Spruce up teacher biographies

Teachers can use QR codes to help introduce themselves to students, parents, and other teachers. A code on a business card or picture can link to biographical information or even a short video introduction.

The benefits of QR codes in education:

The benefits of QR codes are many and vary depending on how the codes are being used. There are many specific use cases for how codes can be applied towards a variety of purposes for education and to support learning and academics more generally.

Codes can be linked to many different locations, including

  • Reading list
  • Daily assignments
  • Historical documents
  • Teacher biographies
  • Quizzes and tests
  • Excerpts from famous speeches
  • The download page for an educational app
  • Explanation videos
  • Club membership
  • 3D models of animals for biology lessons
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How do teachers create QR codes for free?

Teachers can use Flowcode to create two QR codes for free. Those codes are dynamic, so the location can be changed without having to create or print new codes. Unlike some other QR code platforms, Flowcode’s free codes come with unlimited scans and never expire.

What about QR for students?

QR codes are easy to use for students of nearly any age as long as they have access to a device with photo scanning capabilities. One code can be printed out and placed in a prominent position in the classroom or distributed to students as handouts.

With the $8.00 tier, students can even create codes of their own as part of an assignment or to be used at their own discretion to manage their workload or coordinate group projects.

What are the advantages of using QR codes in the teaching/learning process?

QR codes can make the educational process more engaging, simple, and even greener. Here’s how:

Engaging: Codes can help lessons come alive. Hiding codes around the classroom can turn lessons into scavenger hunts. Codes linked to video or audio transform pages into multimedia learning experiences.

Simple:Instead of relying on students to remember URLs and enter them properly, teachers can simply give students a code to scan.

Eco-friendly:Schools go through a lot of paper. Imagine how many pieces of paper teachers hand out to each student each day along with all the paper in each student’s notebook. Then multiply that paper by all the students in a class and that class by all the classes in a school and that school by all the schools in the world. It’s a lot of paper which means a lot of trees being cut down. Dynamic QR codes can update their destination so you only have to print one code to link to endless lesson plans, reading lists, homework assignments, and test forms.

How can you use QR codes in your classroom activities?

QR codes can be used for many classroom activities. We can use QR codes in classrooms to make every aspect of education easier and more compelling.Codes can provide links to all manner of online resources from primary documents to language videos to paintings to interactive models of the solar system and just about anything else that can be found online. We’re not sure if you’ve checked recently, but that’s a lot of stuff!

QR codes can be printed on assignment papers, classroom walls, stickers, and nearly any other flat surface. Codes can also be linked to polls to gather student opinions to help shape lesson plans or get a sense of the capabilities students have at the start of the year.

QR codes for coordinating extracurriculars and clubs

Codes can also be used outside of the classroom. Codes can be placed on the doors of rooms to easily check which class, club, or extracurricular activity is meant to be using the room at any given time. Codes can also be used to collect sign-ups for clubs and extracurriculars.

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QR codes for networking and conferences

Codes aren’t just an effective tool for teachers to use with their students. They can help teachers network. Educators attending conferences can wear a badge with a code linking to their own information and information about their institution.

Vendors offering educational products and programming can set up a booth at conventions with a prominently displayed code to link to their website or directly to app downloads.

Knowledge is one of the most important bricks upon which our future is built. That’s why educational institutions need to stay on the cutting edge of technology, and why QR codes fit so well in the classroom.

Introduce QR codes to your school this year

With so many amazing uses for QR codes in the classroom and around the school, there's no reason to wait. Speak with your school board, principal, or coworkers today about getting Flowcode active at your school!

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Alex Rosenberg
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Alex lives in Brooklyn, NY, and has worked at Flowcode for over 2 years. When he's not scanning Flowcodes in the wild, or launching features and products, he's usually running in Prospect Park.

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