QR Codes - What are they? How could they be used? Can I make one?

QR is short for Quick Response (they can be read quickly by a mobile phone). They are used to take a piece of information from an advert or document and put it in to your phone. You often see QR Codes in magazine adverts, on billboards, web pages or even on someone’s t-shirt! Once it is in your phone, it may give you details about that business (allowing users to search for nearby locations), or details about the person wearing the t-shirt, show you a URL which you can click to see a trailer for a movie, or it may give you a voucher which you can use in a local shop.

An example...

Watch your Teacher 'auto-magically' scan the QR below (using FREE QR code reader) and see something appear on their phone!

Link to Business, IT and Computer Science Department Website!

How Tesco uses QR Codes in South Korea...

Your turn...

First, some ideas...


Website URL (favourite website?)

YouTube Video

Google Maps Location (For the School? For Home?)

Twitter (You will need your username)

Facebook (Need FB Page address)

Instagram (Need user name)

Plain Text (the best one...any bit of text of any length...maybe your timetable, important info, a message etc)

Telephone Number (Calls a number)

SMS Message (Sends a text!)

Email Address

Email Message

Second, the crucial link (and some help if you need)...

Other cool examples of QR codes...