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Best Free QR Code Sites for Teachers

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QR Codes have been widely available for more than a decade but have seen a surge in popularity since the pandemic started, showing up everywhere from your local restaurant to TV commercials and, of course, in the classroom. 

QR codes are a class of easy-to-read barcodes that can be read by your phone's camera to generate links. For in-person or virtual classrooms teaching, they can be a great way to easily distribute documents, quizzes, surveys, multimedia links, and all manner of handouts. 

As any teacher will tell you, many students want to use their phones in class. Utilizing QR technology can help educators allow students to keep their phones in hand while also directing them to important educational material. 

You can also have students create their own QR codes to gain tech skills as they share their work with you and with classmates. 

Here are some of the best free sites for generating QR code links for teaching. 

Google Chrome 

Google Chrome has gotten into the QR Code game, which makes it easy to generate QR codes straight from your Chrome browser and share documents, webpages, forms, etc. Click on the share icon (a curved arrow in a box) in the right hand of the address bar/Omni bar, and generating a QR code will be one of the sharing options. 

QR Code for Windows 

This free app allows Windows users to generate QR codes from their PCs and mobile devices. It is available for Android, iOS, and macOS M1. To find it, search 'CODEX QR' on the Play Store/App Store. 

QR Code Generator 

Free and easy-to-use, QR Code Generator lives up to its name. To create a QR code using the service, simply go to the website, drop in your link or file, and click to generate your QR Code – no signup required. You can customize the look of your QR code with logos and images if you do choose to sign up for the site’s service. QR Code Generator also has a guide with suggestions for how teachers can use QR Codes in the classroom.  

QR Tiger 

The free version of this QR generator is simple to use and allows you to upload an image or logo into the QR code you generate without needing to create an account. Simply copy and paste the desired URL, then click “generate QR code.” Adding a logo is also easy and can be done straight from the home page. If you subscribe to QR Tiger, you can create dynamic QR codes that allow you to track data about time and location when a QR code is scanned, which could be helpful to teachers looking to track whether students are utilizing a specific resource. 

For QR Code

Create customizable free QR codes in moments with this site. You can customize the look and feel of your code by choosing its color, design, and frame (the box around the QR code). The site also offers templates for generating QR codes that lead directly to Zoom meetings, calendar invites, or WiFi network logins, so there’s plenty of options for educators to choose from. 

Free-qr-code.net 

Another free QR code-generating site that lives up to its name, Free-qr-code.net allows users to create QR codes in a fast and easy manner. The site also features several customizable elements such as the option to add a logo and choose a color, plus several QR code design templates. 

Go QR Me 

The free version of this site allows you to create quick QR codes for all your initial needs. However, if you want to take your QR code a step further and create dynamic QR codes, you’ll need to subscribe. Dynamic QR codes have features such as data tracking and the ability to send existing QR codes to new URLs, a great feature for an educator who wants to use the same printed materials but update resources for a class. 

Erik Ofgang

Erik Ofgang is a journalist, author and educator. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic and Associated Press. He currently teaches at Western Connecticut State University’s MFA program. While a staff writer at Connecticut Magazine he won a Society of Professional Journalism Award for his education reporting. He is interested in how humans learn and how technology can make that more effective.