My son went to EdCamp NJ and learned about GooseChase. I finally had an opportunity to start playing with it this week and immediately created a free scavenger hunt. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out in two weeks.

Create a Free Account and Make Tasks

GooseChase2The fun begins when you create an account and make a game. I called mine Getting Techie. I am able to have 25 participants in the free account. There are educational and non-profit price structures. I did not look into that yet. After the game is named you add missions. I looked at the GooseChase Mission Bank to get ideas and then created my own missions. They can be photo/video submissions, text answers, and GSP check-ins. Each mission is worth a certain amount of points. You can award bonus points, deduct points, or delete submissions. You can password protect the mission but I did not. I wanted to make it easy as possible. The downside is that I think some participants are not among my 66 elementary schools. The “guests” are posting useful and appropriate content so I am fine with this happening. The system keeps track of points and the leaderboard as a part of the game structure. It makes everything so easy!

The Benefits

GooseChase1I currently have seven teachers, including myself, after a day and a half playing. The avatars and names were removed from the image. You can see how many points people have scored to date. There are photos, text, and even a video submission. There are tech teacher and classroom teacher bulletin board photos, computer lab photos, and photos of principals, teachers, and students.

This game has suddenly made it so easy to share what is going on in multiple schools. I am going to suggest that this would be an amazing way to get the teachers in the building to share what is going on in their classroom. It can be password protected to keep the images and videos private. Once the scavenger hunt is complete, the images and videos can easily be downloaded and shared with the faculty. The text answers can be downloaded into a spreadsheet.

I looked at the terms of service. It does not seem to have an age limit, although to play on the iOS or Android app, you must have an email or Facebook account. I could see this as an interesting tool for high school and older.

My Missions

400 Point Missions

  • Creative Bulletin Board: Take a photo of a technology related bulletin board from technology class. [photo]
  • Favorite Tech Tool: Submit the name of your favorite technology tool (personal favorite that helps you in any way). [text with no wrong answer]
  • Find Free Webinars: What wiki can you share with teachers so they can find free webinars, training, contests, and sweepstakes? [specific correct answer with multiple correct ways to type it]

500 Point Missions

  • One Shining Principal: Take a photo of your principal doing their thing with technology. [photo]
  • Tech Board of a Classroom Teacher: Take a photo of a bulletin board or classroom display from a non-technology classroom. [photo]
  • What’s Your Lab: Take a photo of the empty computer lab. If your school does not have one, take a photo of equipment in a classroom. [photo]

600 Point Missions

  • Student Poll: Poll your students on their favorite technology tool for educational purposes. Take a photo of the polling software screen and results. [photo/screenshot]
  • Tech in the Classroom: Take an over the shoulder shot of a student using technology. The student should not be identifiable. It’s about the technology in use.
  • Two’s Company: Take a photo of two teachers (one teaching the other something new). [photo]

1000 Point Mission

  • Made It – Tech Integration Workshop: Make it to the Archdiocese of Newark Auditorium and check in with the GPS.
  • Teacher in Action: Have a student take a 10 second video of your introducing a lesson to the class. No students should be in the video.
  • Three’s a Crowd: Take a photo of three teachers using technology at your school. It can be posed.

My Submission

I only submitted a text answer to test the scavenger hunts as a teacher. I am thinking about submitting a computer lab photo at some point before the scavenger hunt ends. Here is a photo from 2008 of my computer lab. It’s fun to see the variety in the rooms today. It’s fun to reflect back on the fact that I was talking about open source software, copyright, and Creative Commons (not seen but on the right side small bulletin board) way back then.