We’re excited to share our new feature to help make using Topmarks’ education games even easier. We’ve created QR codes for you to use, linking directly to the game pages.
What’s a QR code?
If you’re not familiar with these, don’t worry… they’re so easy and we’ve designed them to be used by even young learners. Each one is like a barcode for that particular game, and acts as a web-bookmark or hotlink, so that when it’s scanned using the camera in a mobile device, it opens up the game page instantaneously.
Why are they a good idea?
Using QR codes is a great time-saving boon in the classroom, as teachers are able to maintain the pace of learning! There’s no hold up while children type URLs, or need to click through a sequence of different pages. Even young children are able to scan the QR to load the web page straight away.
Keep a class ‘master set’ of codes, printed out for quick use and compiled together as a ‘fan’ book on a tag loop or metal book ring, so they’re easy to flip through. (Topmarks’ Tip: we found mounting on them sturdy card will make sure they’re long-lasting. We don’t recommend laminating the codes as the reflective surface drastically hinders the code reader.)
You could try keeping a set as part of a classroom wall display so the codes are easily accessible for everyone.
They work ‘on-screen’ too, so children are able to aim their tablet’s camera directly at the QR Code displayed on the teacher’s desktop screen.
How do I use QR codes?
The good news is that depending on the device, you may not even need a QR reader or scanner.
1. Check our table of compatible operating systems, to see how quickly and easily you can access a QR code.
The following free apps are the ones we tried, but there are many others.
2. For the newest iPads, open the camera app and simply hold the device’s camera in front of the QR code.
If using an older device or Android, just open the Reader app, and point at the QR code, again, either as a printout or on-screen.
THAT’S IT! We told you it is easy.
We’ll be updating our QR code collection every time we add a new game. You can search our database any time – just type ‘QR codes’ into the search box on our home page. It’ll always be the most up-to-date version, so just download the .PDF each time, and print out the new QR code(s) you need. Single page printing means you only need to print out the pages featuring the games you want to use.
Click to download your set of Topmarks QR codes now