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Using QR Codes to Document Student Learning

QR Codes for Kindergarten: document authentic student thinking and share it using QR codes. An easy way to display student voice.

QR Codes for Kindergarten: document authentic student thinking and share it using QR codes. An easy way to display student voice.

Since beginning my career in kindergarten 3 years ago, I have struggled to find ways to document authentic student voices in the classroom. Some  of mu students are able to write their thoughts and ideas, but others still need assistance to write.

Some students are great at drawing to share their ideas. Others are uninterested or unable to draw their thoughts. I was successful when we used the Draw and Tell app for our subtraction stories at using student voice in their work, but I was still struggling to come up with a way to share their thinking in their art and other areas of play.


That’s when I came across a great blog post by Passionately Curious on how to easily create QR codes with voice recordings. I was hooked!

For our next art project, I had students create communities using different pieces of colored paper. There was so much rich thinking behind this simple art project. So I recorded their voices explaining why they had created their community the way they had.

Now our bulletin board display outside of our classroom is interactive. It has elements of student voice incorporated right into it! Love it! You can see how I made the QR Codes in my post Student Voice in the Kindergarten Classroom.

I have set myself a goal for next year- find a way for all students to record their own voices to explain their thinking when they want to. I want them to feel empowered to share their reasoning on their own.

Have you found any other ways to incorporate student voice into your classroom? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Wow! What a great concept for a mix of technology and capturing children’s ideas at this age. I love it! You know, when I was in first grade, my teacher captured our ideas in a little book (handwritten, I think) and then made copies for us all. It is still a treasured keepsake today!

  2. Karla Stephens says:

    I have been on a similar hunt for something to document student learning! I am exploring with google classrooms this year along with QR codes! In the past I have used EduCreations and doodlemaker to record students reading their published books, it worked pretty well but was definitely work heavy on my end.

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