Adding Text to Your QR Codes

By Tim Bedley


PhotoString App well worth 99 cents.
PhotoString App well worth 99 cents.

 

If you’re like me, you love creating QR codes but find it very frustrating to keep track of them because all your QR codes look basically the same. One solution is to use the iPad app PhotoString. The app is designed for making photo montages with text, but I’m using it to label my QR codes. Of course, sometimes you want your QR codes to remain a mystery before they are scanned, but when you don’t, here’s how to label them.

Steps to Create and Label a QR Code

  1. Create the QR code using an app like QRafter or http://goqr.me/ website.
  2. Save the QR code to your photo roll.
  3. Open PhotoString and choose the icon at the bottom that shows one picture with text below.
  4. Import your QR code.
  5. Resize to fit in the window.
  6. Identify the QR code by writing a caption below the code.
  7. Export the finished product back to your photo roll.

Now you can have several QR codes stored on your iPad or computer and actually be able to identify them.

Example of QR Code with caption created using PhotoString
Example of QR Code with caption created using PhotoString

My Unusual Elementary Classroom

By Tim Bedley


In 2007, I set out to transform my classroom into something special.

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Tim Bedley teaches 4th/5th GATE students in Southern California.

No more butcher paper covering the walls.

No more cold hard desks and plastic chairs.

I wanted my classroom to be more like Starbucks than a hospital;

more like a model home than a waiting room.

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So first I painted the walls dark blue and red.
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I painted white ceiling tiles all black.
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At Back-to-School Night I asked if any parents could paint murals.
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One parent was a high school art teacher.
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The finished mural is stunning!

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Another parent was just plain artistic. [White House]
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A third parent was an art major in college. [Capitol Building]

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Capitol almost finished. The detail is amazing.
The artists worked for many hours after school to complete the murals.
The artists worked for many hours after school to complete the murals.
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The parents stayed after I left one evening and I returned to a mural of me on the wall. Ugh! I painted over it, but it was a funny stunt.
The parents stayed after I left one evening and I returned to a mural of me on the wall. Ugh! I painted over it, but it was a funny stunt.
The crown of the room contains the words to the Preamble to the Constitution.
The crown of the room contains the words to the Preamble to the Constitution. Framed student artwork adorns the room.
The results: A warm, professional, friendly environment with very few distractions.
The results: A warm, professional, welcoming environment with very few distractions.
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Slowly but surely, I received couch donations to replace the desks.

Students work on their binders while sitting on the comfy couches. Student personal items are stored in plastic drawers purchased from Wal-mart.
Students work on their binders while sitting on the comfy couches. Student personal items are stored in plastic drawers purchased from Wal-mart.

 

A short video walking through my classroom.

I welcome your questions and comments.