EdTechNJSessionI had two more opportunities to use GooseChase with teachers in addition to the scavenger hunts I ran earlier in the year. I also received feedback from teachers on how they are using it with students. I believe these hunts involve students, and teachers as students, in thinking skills as they interpret mission tasks. It assists students in team building and collaboration as they work together against other teams to climb to the top of the leader board. It provides a way for quieter students to share their voice as they can digitally show what they know. It extends students visual literacy as they communicate through video and still photography submissions. These digital scavenger hunts tap into student use of Instagram, Vine, and other sites rich in imagery.

After School Workshops

I used GooseChase with two different groups of alternate route teachers. It had the exact effect I was hoping to see. These teachers work hard all day in their first year in the classroom. They are planning lessons for the first time, dealing with various additional school duties, learning to communicate with all the people involved in their students education, and then once or twice a week coming to several hours of class to complete their provisional teaching requirements.

The teachers slowly trickled into class and settled into their seats in the computer lab that serves as my classroom in a local high school. We talked about our previous session and they shared ways in which they incorporated technology to support student learning. Then I had them download the GooseChase app on a few phones. They looked resigned to the fact that they “had to” do a scavenger hunt. Within minutes they transformed. They were running around the classroom and outside into the halls to get to the top of the leaderboard. I had expected that the missions would take about 30-40 minutes. They were able to finish all the missions in about 20-25 minutes. I can definitely add more next year.

Missions Themed in Science

These are the missions I set up for the alternate route teachers. I titled this GooseChase “Blinded by Science.” I wanted to show how the scavenger hunts could be tied to content. I created most of the missions myself. Two were based on pre-offered GooseChase Mission Bank. I tried to make it a little more challenging by giving clues with elements such as Brilliant – which started as having people take a photo under a lightbulb as if they were coming up with a brilliant idea. I had a CFL lightbulb, so I looked up the gasses (Hg-Mercury, and Ar-Argon) as part of the clue.

400 Point Missions

  • Brilliant!: Snap a shot of a teammate standing under a glass container filled with low pressure Hg vapor and an inert gas, most likely Ar, making invisible ultraviolet light as if coming up with a brilliant idea. Tell me what you need and I will provide it to you. (I brought the CFL lightbulb.) [photo – no video]
  • How Close Am I: Check in at the front door of the high school. [GSP check-in]
  • Periodic Column: Make a tower of coins made of 97.5% Zn, 2.5% Cu at least 30 high. Team member must be in picture. If you can’t come up with 30 show me one and I will provide you with the rest. (They were looking for pennies. I brought 30 that they could ask for.) [photo or video]
  • Safety First: Snap a picture of a team member wearing at least 1 items of personal protective equipment made of paper. There is paper at the front of the room. (I brought photocopy paper.) [photo or video]
  • The Bonds That Tie: What is the YouTube link to the “H Bonding Song”? (The Hydrogen Bonding Song on YouTube.) [text with multiple answers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xdxglg7ehu at a minimum they had to type xdxglg7ehu]

500 Point Missions

  • Now That’s a Rock: Find a large rock and bring it with you to the final rendezvous. Biggest rock gets a 500 point bonus. [Photo or video AND most groups actually went outside and brought back rocks!]

600 Point Missions

  • An Object in Motion: Find a member of a different group who can juggle 3+ objects. Record them in action away from the other teams. There are tennis balls at the front of the room. [photo or video]

1000 Point Missions

  • Is This the Real Life or is This Fantasy: Download and record a team member using an augmented reality chemistry blocks app found on iTunes or Google Play on a team member’s phone. [photo of at least one team member using the Elements 4D app. I had it preloaded on my phone for them to use once they told me what app they wanted to use.]

Missions To Showcase GooseChase

I had a proposal accepted for the June 2016 EdTech NJ event through the Edison Public Schools. Here was my session description: “Come on a scavenger hunt with your Internet connected cell phone or tablet and built-in camera. Learn how you can give a group of educators the ability to follow scavenger hunt clues and record photographic, video, text, and GPS check in evidence. The leaderboard and point system make this a fun Goosechase with an app that is free for up to 25 players. When played in teams, you can increase this to 50 or 100 individuals. Teachers can evaluate if this might be a useful tool for students in the building or on a class trip.”

I have my Google Slides with speaker notes here. Feel free to make a copy if it helpful to you. I thought in one 50 minute session we could get an introduction, do a 15 minute scavenger hunt, and start creating their own missions. We got to slide 22 and I did share that they could create a personal account, start creating missions, and request a full free license for as many accounts/teams as needed – one game per request – with unlimited requests. You just have to fill in their (GooseChase’s) form.

One wish the teachers had was that teachers could share missions. As far as I know this is not an option.

I called this GooseChase “Chasing Science and Technology” since it combined missions from my last two experiences with teachers. I had no idea I would be presenting in a science classroom so some of the missions were way easier than I expected.

These hunts get faster and easier to create because of the “My Mission Bank” database. I think it took about an hour the first time I created one. It may have taken 15 minutes or less this time.

400 Point Missions

  • Brilliant: See above
  • How Close Am I: check in at EdTech NJ
  • Periodic Column: See above
  • Safety First: See above

500 Point Missions

  • Creative Bulletin Board: Take a photo of a science related bulletin board or display. (Modification of Getting Techie the first GooseChase I ran.) [photo or video]
  • Favorite Tech Tool: Submit the name of your favorite technology tool (personal favorite that helps you in any way). (Modification of Getting Techie the first GooseChase I ran.) [text any answer accepted.]
  • Now That’s a Rock!: See above
  • The Bonds That Tie: See above

600 Point Missions

  • Glassware Safety: Take a photo of your teammate with a lab beaker. No need to hold it…let’s keep the lab in one piece! (I created this on-the-fly when I saw the room I was presenting in.) [photo or video]
  • Strolling Down the Avenue: Take a 10 second or less video of clip as you stroll past the front of the building. (New mission.)
  • Who Do You Follow: Maybe you read blogs, follow groups on Facebook or communities in Google+, or like a #hashtag or @TwitterAccount. Share a favorite. (New mission.) [text any answer accepted.]

1000 Point Missions

  • An Object in Motion: See above
  • Is This the Real Life Or Is This Fantasy: See above
  • Teacher in Action: Take a video of a teacher in action. (From Getting Techie.)

Debriefing the Scavenger Hunt

I think one of the biggest “sells” of GooseChase is opening the submissions in front of the workshop attendees to debrief the missions. I demonstrated how to look at the mission description and see the photo/video/text evidence. In one case two teachers submitted photos of a person holding an empty beaker over a teacher’s head. It wasn’t a “glass container filled with low pressure Hg vapor and an inert gas, most likely Ar, making invisible ultraviolet light” so I deleted the submissions (and points).

BalanceRock  PosterRock

The teachers thought I placed this rock in the classroom. It was happenstance! I was able to show how a teacher can give bonus points, too. One teacher found a photo of a rock and submitted that. It was very creative and another moment of serendipity!

Feedback from Teachers in the Classroom

One teacher had her fourth grade students help her complete missions for my Getting Techie scavenger hunt. They borrowed her cell phone to take photos and videos. The same teacher created a scavenger hunt for a class trip. She had the chaperones download the app. The students borrowed the chaperone’s cell phone. They used GPS check-ins, took photos, videos, and answered text-based questions. They were able to review the submissions when they returned to school.

At the high school level, a Spanish/French language teacher used it as homework. The students had clues and took photos of vocabulary-based objects and motions. They provided text answers in the appropriate language too.

At the high school level, the teachers took the students on a tour of the local public library. On the first day, the librarian took them through a tour of the materials in the library. On the second day, the teacher shared her scavenger hunt plans with the librarian then the students used GooseChase to show what they know. It may have been a little more action-packed than the librarians expected, but they were happy to see the students engaged. The students actually returned a bit sweaty from running around.

Share Your Experiences

I would love to hear what types of missions you’ve created and how GooseChase has worked for you in the comments.


Image Citations:

Kathi Kersznowski Tweet: https://twitter.com/kerszi/status/739111701006548992

GooseChase Scavenger Hunt Mission Photos