In Year 7 English Plus, we have been looking at ways to develop our vocabulary.  One activity that I chose to do with the students was to use QR codes to aid the development of the learning of vocabulary.  I like the idea of using QR codes because as a student scans the QR code there is a level of anticipation at what the QR code will actually say or where the QR code will take them.  For instance, the QR code could display a word, a picture, or it could be a link to a website.  As well as this, I believe that QR codes can add to the level of excitement that students will get from doing an activity.  QR codes are very easy to produce and can save time, as rather than typing in a long URL address students can just scan the QR code.

So, here is a breakdown of the QR code activity:

Students had been learning language through the theme of magic.  So, this QR code lesson was a revision of the vocabulary that had been taught and used in the classroom.

The students had to do these three things:

  1. Search for a QR code hidden around the school;
  2. Scan the QR code and look at the word that is displayed;
  3. After they had the word they had to apply it to the ‘4 Corners’ vocabulary sheet, displayed below. (When they had written the word in box 4, they then had to complete the other 3 boxes; they could use the digital device to help them with this.)


4 corners


In all, the students had to find 4 QR codes that were hidden around the school and complete the 4 Corners vocabulary sheet for each word.

I really liked the way that this activity worked.  Of course, there is no one single best way to learn vocabulary, so a mixture of strategies is recommended; however, I do like the idea of using QR codes to help students learn and revise new vocabulary that they encounter in their classrooms—and they seemed to like it, too!


Jonathan Bifield