Create Your Own Barcodes and Barcode Readers for Mobile Devices

Thanks to an email on the Google Certified Teachers list--wow, there are lots of folks there who moving and learning and sharing!--I became aware of Q2, a way of creating your own barcodes that can be printed and then scanned by your favorite mobile device--an iPhone or Android phone.

I sent this email to a colleague of a session I'm presenting with this Saturday:
How about adding a barcode to the handout so that people can scan information directly in their phone using a barcode app?

Let me know...

For example, here is the link to our session:

and the corresponding bar code that you can put on a handout--so people can scan the URL link--is attached to this email:

We can also create other bar codes with even more information:

Kinda nifty, huh? For example, the next barcode below has this information:

Digitize This-Digitizing the Writing Workshop
Facilitated by Diana Benner and Miguel Guhlin
Other Web Sites:

It looks like this:

Try scanning either of the barcodes above with your mobile device! You can scan it right off the screen (or print it out and then scan it)!

Not sure what software to use? Here's what I use:

Android OS

  • Barcode Scanner - This free Android app worked like a charm. From a review web site:
    Scan barcodes on CDs, books, and other products, then look up prices and reviews, or search for a word in a book and find where it occurs. You can also scan QR Codes containing URLs, contact info, calendar events, and more. Features: contact sharing, improved QR Code decoding, and added Chinese translation.
  • There are tons more out there in the Android Market.

  • Lynkee - This is a free QR code scanner for iPhone.

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Mary Ray said…
I use to create QR codes and the QR Reader app on my iPhone to read the codes.
darsh said…
I use lynkee on Android too, it s a great reader too

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