Becky Foellmer
Aug 28, 2017

Count Laps Easily with Bar Codes & the Scanner App


Edited: Dec 22, 2017

This idea utilizes your phone to count laps and your Chromebook or desktop to create the Bar Code Name Tags.

I don't remember who shared this idea (if it's you please let me know and I'd be happy to give you credit!) Update: the original post is here: from Vicki Gould. Whew, I feel better.

As it is always problematic to get accurate lap counts, I just loved this idea. I made a few of my own tweaks and thought I'd share my version.

Here's how it works:

1. You create a bar code for each student.

2. Then, laminate the cards for students to carry or place them in clip-on name tag holders.

3. Install the app "Scanner" (search for "scanner inventory barcode scanner" (and look under "iPhone Apps" if on an iPad) as there are a ton of similar apps.) It looks like this:



4. Distribute the cards to your students.

5. Open the app and scan the student card each time they pass you.

6. When finished, enter your email and choose "Email CSV". You'll get a spreadsheet with your class list and the laps they completed. You can wait until the end of the day to email yourself all of your class data: just click the "+" to begin to record a new class.


When I saw the idea, I wanted to create a fast, easy way for teachers to generate and print the nametags. SOO... here it is.

First enter a roster of your students on the "Roster Entry" spreadsheet. As soon as they are entered the nametags are automatically generated. To access the nametags click the tab at the bottom labeled "Bar Code Name Tags". Follow the print directions on the spreadsheet where you entered your roster.




Tiffany Lee
Sep 27

Thank you for sharing this! I love that you included instructions as well. However, after I enter my students names, the barcode tab is blank. It has the formatting, but no barcodes show up. Any idea what I could be doing wrong? Thanks for your help!

Becky Foellmer
Oct 2

Tiffany, I was going to look into how to fix this and, delightfully, it is fixed! I'm guessing that portion of the website was just down for a bit, perhaps for maintenance. Anyway, you should be able to use this as described now! Yay!!

Becky Foellmer
Sep 27

Tiffany, Thank you for alerting me to this problem. It looks like the website that, previously, generated the QR codes has changed things up. I will have to spend some time trying to determine the fix and/or locating another option. I'll work on this over the next couple of days.

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