QR Codes Spark Student Motivation

Happy Saturday. I hope you are having a relaxing day - that is my plan for the day! I am stopping by to link up with my friend Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching for her amazing linky...

Seriously, this linky makes me a better teacher and makes me way more (I know, very specific adjective use, great word choice!) reflective on how I build a positive classroom community. A huge thanks to Joanne for leading us and to all of you who share your ideas - I love them all!

On Thursday I was feeling like a cotton headed ninny muggings - well, just cotton headed really and I needed my class to be totally engaged in an activity so that I could rest my remaining functioning brain cells so I took out my math operation QR codes. I had them printed and ready to go for the first week back after Spring Break but it was an emergency.

QR codes are a sure fire way to engage my students in any activity. I gave students a set of cards - addition, subtraction, multiplication or division - that closely matched their ability level (needed there to be limited need for me to speak!). Gave them tablets and away they went. Pure bliss for 40 minutes.

Here they are in action:

If you have not tried QR codes in your classroom you really must. Students love using technology and they love checking their own work. They kept cheering for themselves and saying "Yes!".

If you would like to try my Math Operation Cards with QR Codes you could Pin it to Win It. Just pin an image from this blog post and leave a comment with your pin URL and your email. I will pick two winners on Monday. You can also check them out here in my TPT store.


  1. I'm glad you are no longer feeling like a Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins...whatever that is. 40 minutes of pure bliss? Sign me up! Pinning!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. I love this QR codes to check their answers thing. I've seen QR codes being used in teaching, but this one finally hit home for me. I really, really think my kids would love doing math task cards is they got to use the iPad with it. Love!! I don't do many pin it to win its, but this one is waaaaaay worth it! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/28006828907291178/

    By the way, I noticed your cuter than cute name tags on the desk. Did you make those? Please tell me more about them!! : )

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  3. Yay for QR Codes!! My 5th graders all over them and have even created their own.. now that was not a time for Cotton Headed Ninniness on my part!! Hope you are feeling better... Glad your students were engaged angels!


  4. These are wonderful! There is really nothing like QR codes to keep students engaged in meaningful independent practice. Here's my pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/204702745537181026/

  5. I LOVE 40 minutes of pure bliss! We just got 6 iPads per grade level to share, it's a start, but I'd love 6 per class. Do you have a class set? QR codes are super motivational! Thanks for linking up and sharing a great idea! Here's my pin:
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  6. Would love these for my kiddos. Here's my pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/319966748498623604/


  7. I only wish that we had the smart capabilities in my room for this! So sad. :( But I'm glad you are no longer a cotton headed ninny muggins. :-P

  8. I love these! My students Love QR codes too! I pinned it here http://www.pinterest.com/pin/16325617373837695/

  9. They are great!!! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/437341813786637900/

  10. Hopefully Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins is not contagious! (In my defense, I was speed reading and saw Ninja Leggings!) We had an iPad trial (twice) and now our school is trying to decide if we should be a BYOD school. (We are too cheap to buy them ourselves.)

    Pinned your QR codes here, just in case I should need iPad activities soon. Very soon. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/442126888390636702/

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  11. I puffy heart QR codes! Enjoy your weekend!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  12. I love QR codes! Here's my post: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/181410691214427514/

  13. My students love QR codes too! I need to find more for ELA though since I am missing teaching math this year. Pinning this awesome product!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  14. I hope you are feeling better! I keep reading about QR codes but I haven't tried them yet. I need to look into it because I'm sure my class would love them.

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  15. Love me some QR codes, and so do my students! Even used some for an observation and got rave reviews! Here's my pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/302374562453934602/

  16. Kids love to use QR codes for learning and I love to use them for teaching!!! Here's my pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/59039445089531214/

    Have a great week!
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  17. Hopefully I'm not too late!!
    Learning to be awesome


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