Learning Apps

QR Code Breakers Game

QR Codes power a classroom game to inspire collaborative problem solving

This collaborative strategy is simple but effective. Students roam the room finding new questions to answer together, and scan the code with an iPad to check their work. Then, they put all the answers together to unlock a secret code. The use of QR codes in class has greatly improved the effectiveness of student work because of their ability to stop and check their answers. Their enthusiasm for this activity is clear, and making it into a competition of sorts makes it all the more fun.  I utilize the QR codes in everything from directions to links to activities. Still, my favorite use is monitoring groups during QR code breakers. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
Here is a standard QR Code Breaker activity, complete with the questions, and the secret code, all on one sheet. This is for those times that you do not want to post the questions around the room.
Student Handout
 
 
This is a version of the QR Code Breaker activity, where students must match the QR Code answer to word problems around the room. The numbers are arranged in a "code" that spells out a secret sentence or word.
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
Here is a standard QR Code Breaker activity, complete with the questions, and the secret code, all on one sheet. This is for those times that you do not want to post the questions around the room.
Student Handout
 
 
This is a version of the QR Code Breaker activity, where students must match the QR Code answer to word problems around the room. The numbers are arranged in a "code" that spells out a secret sentence or word.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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Routines and Procedures
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QR Codes power a classroom game to inspire collaborative problem solving

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Instructional Planning
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QR Codes power a classroom game to inspire collaborative problem solving

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Feedback Systems
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QR Codes power a classroom game to inspire collaborative problem solving

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