Maria goes live every other week, taking turns between her author Facebook page and her private Empowering Kids with Character Facebook group. On July 25th, Maria talked about using QR codes.You can watch the video here.

As a teacher, do you use QR codes in your classroom? You no longer need an app to scan and read QR codes with your smartphone. You just need to open your camera and scan the QR code. You don’t push a single button. So easy peasy! You’re given a link, on the screen of your camera app and you can select that link and go directly to where you need to be. How simple is that?

Maria shared some fun outdoor activities from that she purchased from TeachersPayTeachers as a pack of QR codes. It has multiple suggestions for fun activities where you scan the QR code and it’ll give you more details on how to do the activity. She keeps this as something for her sitters to do with the children. I think this is such a great idea!

You can even scan QR codes for Read Alouds. A child can scan a QR code with a smartphone/tablet/iPad for a Read Aloud and it’ll take them to a book, which will be read to them, sometimes by the author of the book!

For almost endless possibilities, you can search on Pinterest for “QR Codes” or TeachersPayTeachers. There are many free ones and some that are paid. If you’re interested in creating your own QR codes, you can generate them almost effortlessly as well. While I haven’t done them myself, I was able to find several different websites that advertised free QR code generators.  We want to hear from you – how do you use QR codes?

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Remember that Maria alternates these videos between her author page and the private Empowering Kids with Character page, which provides more ideas on the monthly theme and also support from fellow parents and educators!

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Transcribed by Mandy Bush, Executive Assistant