We see QR Codes everywhere. Do you know what they are?
QR Codes are a specialized two-dimensional bar code that can be scanned easily with a smartphone. It directs you to an internet link. You can also use a QR Code reader app if you’re using an older phone.
QR codes are a square-shaped black dot and white background matrix that holds crucial information. Different colors can be used in addition to black on white. QR Codes were first invented in 1994 for a Japanese automotive company called Denso Wave. The codes were used to track car parts.
QR Codes may be used to display text to the user, to open a URL, save a contact to the address book, to compose text messages and many other ways.
- QR stands for Quick Response, referring to the instant access to the information hidden in the code.
- QRs are two-dimensional, meaning they can store information both horizontally and vertically.
- There are websites available for you to create your own QR Codes.
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day
This book has QR Codes that let reader listen to some of the stories using the words of the day.
Little Bear Where Are You? by Ekaterina Trukhan
This book includes a QR Code that lets the reader hear song that goes along with the story.
Hinduism, by Elizabeth Andrews
This book has QR Codes in each chapter, with access to more information, videos, and activities.