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By now, it’s practically impossible to make it through the day without encountering a QR code.  Whether on a restaurant menu, a box of cereal, or embedded in a blog (yep, like the one you’re reading right now!), QR codes provide instant accessibility to content.  So, how can we use them to our advantage in the classroom?  I love to app smash with QRs by using them to house the finished product and then share them out in a digital space.

In a previous post, we shared the “why” behind app smashing and tips for success. You can check out the post here.  In addition, I recently presented a session at ISTE 2014 entitled “You Scan Do It! Connecting Creativity and QR Codes”.

Let’s take a look at how to effectively combine a couple of my favorite apps and wrap up the delivery through QR codes posted on a Padlet.

Popplet 1
Click to enlarge image. Scan QR codes to download apps.


We’re going to start with Popplet – an awesome visual mapping app that allows students to creatively share their understanding using a combination of text and digital media.  For more information on Popplet, take a look at an introduction here.   At ISTE, participants created a Popplet that answered the question, “What does #ISTE2014 mean to me?”  Next, we saved their finished Popplet to the camera roll. For those of you who need a web app version, we can do that!  Just create your Popplet online at and export as a jpeg.

Connecting Creativing and QR Codes (1)

Our next layer of creation involves Audioboo, a super easy audio recording app with great sharing features. Participants created a “boo” to extend and explain their Popplet.  Below you’ll find the steps to creating your boo.  Once you’re happy with the recording, Audioboo lets you upload an image – your Popplet image!  After the image uploads, simply choose the share feature to capture the hyperlink to your boo.

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Now you’re ready to share your creation – in comes the QR code!  I use the app QR Code Maker to generate the code.  Simply copy and paste your Audioboo hyperlink into the app and your QR code is ready to go.  Detailed instructions are below.  If you are looking for a QR creator on the web, I like

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So, you have a room full of students eager to share their QR codes with you, but what about sharing with others?  How do you collect them?  In comes Padlet to the rescue!  Padlet is a digital bulletin board space where your students can contribute Post-It style notes that contain text, images, hyperlinks, and videos.  Creating a Padlet is a cinch – simply go to and click the “create something” button, and you have a wall.  From there, share the link to your wall with your students and have them post their QR code.  Now you’ve got a wall full of QR codes that link to amazing student creations.   And because Padlet can be embedded on a blog or website, you can share out with parents, teachers, and the world.


You can access my complete ISTE 2014 presentation here.

We would love to hear your app smashing and QR code ideas here at #etechtalk.   Happy QR coding  from #etcampus!

About The Author

Tiffaney Lavoie currently serves as the Director of Instructional Media and Design at Edvergent Learning. An educator with a business background, she has served over 60 school districts in Kentucky as an instructional technology consultant where she developed and delivered professional learning opportunities and partnered with school and district technology rollouts. A former middle school teacher, Tiffaney has a passion for effective technology integration and recognizes the importance of accessible digital tools to support teaching and learning. She has presented on a state, regional, and national level, and values immersive digital learning environments that better equip students to compete in a global society.