It is called a QR code and it is a 2 dimensional matrix of square dots. These codes were originally used in the automobile industry to track cars during the manufacturing process and have become uber popular because they hold much more information than a standard UPC code.
Now, QR codes are also used as a marketing tool to bring customers to a website for instant information about specific brands. In order to get the information from the QR code, you must download a QR code reader. On my Droid phone, I did a search for a free one in the apps store and downloaded it to my phone. My son has a few iTouches he has moved on from as he upgraded, so I am downloading QR code readers to them and putting them in a reading center.
Guess what? Teachers can create these (in seconds) and use them to teach reading! Simply visit the website: http://www.qrstuff.com/ which is a free QR code generator website. I used it to create the QR code above for my website. I also used it to create word families for a reading center.
Section 1: Data type: scroll down to plain text.
Section 2: Content: type in words you want students to read in a list.
Section 3: Choose what color you would like the QR code to be. You can just leave it black if you prefer.
Section 4: Download the QR code under the preview.
After downloading it, save it as a .png file and put the picture anywhere you would like. You could print it out and put it on a poster with directions for what to do with the iTouches. Teach students how to open the QR code reader and hold it over the QR code. The list you made automatically shows up and the student can practice reading those words! They can then use those words to write a sentence and draw a picture.
Here are some QR codes I created in under a minute each: if you have a smart phone or an iTouch with a camera, see if you can scan these and read the lists I created.
|ap word family|
|at word family|
|en word family|
|it word family|
|op word family|
|ot word family|