QR Code Choice Ring {Tutorial}

This week, I decided to finally give QR codes a try. Turns out, they are amazing and incredibly easy to create! During our leisure time, our students can choose to play on the iPad as their reward for the day. Most students choose the iPad, so that leaves the teachers typing in website after website because most of our kiddos still have trouble with the keyboard on the iPad or they aren’t even recognizing letters yet.

My solution… QR Code Choice Rings. Kind of like a choice board, BUT I’ve been obsessed with rings because they can easily hang in a students cubby. Plus, I can continue to add/take away choices as needed quickly. I call them CHOICE Rings, because these are the only website options (besides the apps already on the iPad) that the students are allowed to access. This cuts down on a lot of behaviors, because students know exactly where they can go; therefore, if they have to request help for us to type in a website, we will automatically tell them to scan from their choice ring, as those are all the choice websites they are allowed to access.

Please note: For the QR code scanner, type in “QR Code Reader” in the app store on any iPad, iPhone, iTouch, etc. that you have in your classroom and download the FREE version! 

Sooo… instead of typing a bunch of nonsense about how to make these, I made a little tutorial video to show you! Of course, if you have any questions after watching the video, contact me or leave a comment! 

Here are the links I used in the video:
If you want to give them a try in your class first, to give your students practice with scanning, download the freebie below with some Pete the Cat favorites, songs, and popular websites in my class!
Do you use QR codes with your special thinkers?!
I’m looking for other ways to incorporate them into our day!
Comment below with your ideas!


  1. Pamela Hartwig on April 19, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    We tried QR codes at Christmas time. I downloaded a set of QR codes that were linked to Christmas stories. To adapt for my classroom, I found pictures of each story's book cover on Google images, printed, laminated and put on a choice board. The kids picked the story they wanted to listen to by selecting the picture. Then I presented them with the related QR code and helped them hold the iPad while they used the QR code reader to scan. It was a hit! The kids enjoyed this so much that I plan to make my own for the coming school year and use the stories as part of our reading center.

  2. Anonymous on May 17, 2015 at 3:41 am

    OH MAN! This is amazing!! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Anonymous on June 4, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Hi! These are fabulous! I saw your post and started making my own yesterday morning using Safeshare.tv, and when I went to make more last night Safeshare.tv has a pop-up saying "There is a problem generating safe link." I was curious is you have experienced this, and/or have any advice how I can get the site working again so I can make more! Thank you 🙂

  4. Ann Miller on July 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas!! As an old-timer, I am finding it difficult to include the ever changing technology in my middle school, self-contained classroom. I am depending on you all to help me evolve into a tech savvy teacher!! Thank you!

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