QR codes could add much stamina and motivation to any classroom even for low-tech classrooms. It is not a must that every student has a mobile phone. One phone among a group of students is enough. How can we use QR codes to motivate our digital students?
Interestingly, QR codes need much preparation from teachers , and once they are in class, it is rather the students' task to scan the codes and do the activity. The teacher is the facilitator, in the classroom.
QR codes could be used in a variety of ways during the three phases of any lesson, whether the Pre-, the While- or the Post-...
*QR codes in the Pre- phase: The students are asked to:
- Scan QR codes which are mainly pictures that are related to the topic of the lesson
- Scan QR codes of words/ lexis related to the whole topic of the lesson and then they are asked to use that same lexis in a gap-filling paragraph, conversation, cloze text
- Scan QR codes that contain a short listening text and then they are asked to answer some questions
- Scan the QR codes which are short captions and students take turns to read the captions and think of a possible topic that is related to these codes
*QR codes in the While- phase:While reading/listening to a text, students are asked to:
- Read the questions by scanning the QR codes and to answer them
- Reorder the scrambled parts of a short text/poem/song which are in the form of QR codes
- Scan the QR codes and decide which ones do relate to the text
- Scan the QR codes and match the words with their corresponding definitions
- Match the quotes with their corresponding authors
- Find out the possible answers for some QR codes of Riddles
- Dictate to each other using QR codes (One student scans the code , then he/she dictates the short text to the whole group)
*QR codes in the Post- phase: The students are asked to:
- Scan and dictate to their peers the hints the teacher provided them to the writing/speaking activity
- Reorder the instructions after scanning the QR codes ( Each code is part of the instructions. Each group is given a set of instructions and the whole class cannot get the whole text if they do not cooperate in peers to gather the whole sets of sentences)
- Work on a set of codes provided to each group to reorder the sentences to make a paragraph. Each group is allotted a different set of sentences.
- Remember a set of target vocabulary words that were given a special focus during the lesson , via definitions of these words
- Decide which images go in tandem with the topic of the lesson and give appropriate reasons
- Decide which summary is the appropriate one.
- Scan a set of questions on a cube and reply
- Scan a set of words an re-order them to make a coherent conversation
- Scan the codes displayed on the walls and try to find out the answer to each question ( which is part of the lesson) so this could be used as an evaluation of how far the students assimilated the important lexis/ grammar of the whole lesson