QR Codes & the iPad

Handout in .pdf format on Using QR Codes on the iPad2: iPads-QR Codes.pdf

QR Stands for "Quick Reference" and if you haven't been exposed to QR Codes and how they can be used in the classroom you are missing out. This page on the wiki will give a brief overview on how to Scan QR Codes with your iPad and how to create a QR Code for use in the classroom.

Why Use QR Codes: QR codes are a popular way to convert data like website addresses, links to video and audio clips, text, etc into a form that can be easily scanned. Once scanned with the camera on the iPad, the information, links, etc. are available on the device until the user decides to delete the information. The scan is as quick as taking a picture.

For example, students can have the camera on their iPad scan a QR code from a poster in the classroom, on the corner of a flash card to reveal the answer, on the inside flap of a book for a book review, etc.

Technically, QR codes are a specific type of 2D barcode. QR codes are descendants of UPC codes,

How To Get Started:papioqrstory.png
1. Download the SCAN app directly to your iPad or download it using iTunes.
2. Once you have SCAN on your iPad, open it.
3. You will notice that SCAN looks very much like the Camera App with one exception--it has a frame bracket that you will want to use in lining up the QR code for scanning. View the QR Code on the right with the SCAN app on your iPad. You will want to use your back camera.
4. The web page (an article on the city of Papillion using QR Codes) should open in SCAN.
5. Use the icons in SCAN to open the page in Safari, view the history,

Create Your Own QR Code:
1. Open QR Generator: http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
2. Create a QR Code with your Name and email address
  • Open QR Generator
  • Select the radio button next to "Text"
  • Type your information in the text box
  • Select a size for the QR Code--the example below is medium sized
  • Click the "Generate" button
  • A QR code will be generated that you can copy to your picture library on the iPad or save on your computer.
4. Scan your partner's QR Code with your iPad and have him/her scan yours.