Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I heart QR Codes!

As I am getting in back-to-school mode and the closer and closer summer comes to it's end, I find myself wanting to do more and more with QR Codes.

I had the pleasure of meeting someone yesterday who really inspired me to start working on stuff again. I have really been in a lull lately when it comes to creating things (non-house-related at least), and this woman had an excellent idea. I'm 98% positive a little cartoon light bulb appeared over my head when she explained her idea because I thought "Why didn't I think of that?"

This morning I finally got back to a little structure - drink my coffee, watch one show, work a little, watch another show, work some more and before I knew it I had completed it all in one day! It's not much but I'm feeling pumped!

Alright, alright. I'm sure you're ready to hear what it is that's got me all excited about QR Codes, so here it goes...

This past year I changed my system half way through the year because we started using Class Dojo (if you'd like to know more about that please email me!) as our award system. The students could buy prizes with the amount of points they had earned as we kept a running total. I printed a new list out each Monday so the kids new how many points they had and they could add their current weekly total to their previous total (that way they're were held accountable to do the math too). I really liked that system and the kids did too BUT since I am now in third grade with the same kiddos and they each get an iPod touch I needed to step things up a little.

To change it up a bit - we will come up with a point system in a way that lets them earn enough points to make it to the bucket where all the QR Codes will be held. I think it's important that you do this with your kids, that way they are the ones who set the expectations too and we share the responsibility. For example, maybe it takes 20 points to pull 1 card and 30 to pull 2. A student can go as soon as they have earned 30 or maybe they can save up and pull 2 at a time. As long as you have a simple QR Code reader it's as easy as pie. The name of the prize will pop up as shown below and in case you were curious my class uses "Scan".

I plan on laminating them and reusing them because I'm all about saving ink and cardstock! I tried to make them look very similar so the kids would be surprised with what they got. I am positive they are going to LOVE this! You can click on the picture above, here or see my store on the sidebar to get to it.

Now that I am back in the swing of things - of course I would be leaving for one more vacation for a week but can't complain too much right? Michigan and Chicago here I come!

Whew! If you read all of this, the first person to comment with their email address will receive a free copy the QR prizes! Thanks and Happy Hump Day!!


  1. What a cool idea! I used Class Dojo last year and loved it! SO glad I stopped by. I'm your newest follower.

    The Teaching Twosome

    1. Thanks so much Shannon! If you'll send me your email I'll have a free copy of my QR code prizes headed your way!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I appreciate your kind words and can't wait to check out your blog as well :)

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