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QR Codes a must have digital literacy skill

These 2D barcodes seem to be popping up everywhere from packaging to bus stops but are we realising their potential in education?QR (Quick Response) codes can be easily created to link to a range of things including websites, audio recordings, videos, text and social media.This variety provides all sorts of opportunities such as:

Information on Posters or Notices

Add QR Codes to information notices to have associated information or text read out. The QR code on the poster below links to an online recording made using the tool Vocaroo.

Vocaroo even has its own QR Code generator.

Mobile device reading QR code
A poster displaying a QR code that links to an audio file. An image showing how Vocaroo allows you to save recordings as QR codes.


QR codes could link course information in booklets to taster courses on your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or website, to videos of current learners talking about their course, or to online enrolment.

Open Days

Create QR Code tours for induction by placing the barcodes at various places within the building.
Provide examples of learners’ work with QR codes to hear more about it from the learners themselves.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Bring paper-based resources to life by adding a QR code that link to videos.
Provide extra support or extension activities on a subject area by adding QR codes to tasks, projects or assignments.
Provide task sheets that have solutions provided via the QR Code for self-assessment.
On employability courses, CVs could be designed with QR codes linked to a learner portfolio or to their digital CV.
Posters in a classroom could link to videos. For example, an image of a discount sign in a shop could have a QR code that links to a Calculating Percentages MathsEverywhere video on Youtube to support Functional Skills maths learners.


Place QR codes on equipment/tools to explain what it is and how to use it. For example, weighing scales in a cookery class or a digital camera.


 Use a QR Code to take a learner directly to an online survey tool such as Google Forms or SurveyMonkey.

QR Codes are created with a QR Code Generator such as QRStuff and they are read using a QR Code Reader App such as Norton Snap (free).

How are you using QR codes? What other ideas can you think of? Add to this ideas list by using comments.

Written for HOLEX by Ideas4Learning Limited