Technology Inquiry Project, Post #7: QuestaGame & Geocaching for Students

As we reach the end of our assignment, Beth and I are getting eager to head outside with our digital devices. We wanted to try playing QuestaGame and go Geocaching, however, it looks like we’re only going to have time for one.

QuestaGame

Here is brief video outlining how QuestaGame works.

1. Download the app.
2. Capture photos of your outdoor surroundings.
3. Receive expert feedback on sightings.
4. Collect individually, challenge friends, and have fun!

I really like this game because sightings are shared with biodiversity record organizations to help researchers on their quest to save the planet. So not only are participants actively outside learning in real-time about nature, but they’re actually contributing to something far bigger than themselves. Moreover, this is a game that can be enjoyed individually or in groups via features like the winner-takes-all “Challenges.”

Geocaching

I’m going to make this description a little bit more detailed because SURPRISE.. Beth and I are going geocaching!

This video outlines how to find a geocache.

1. Download the app.
2. Research clues using geocache’s name and description.
3. Check difficulty rating (mental exertion).
4. Check terrain rating (physical exertion).
5. Decide how you’re going to get there.
6. Once your phone says your within 20-30ft of geocache, search with your hands and eyes.
7. You found it! Sign the log-book, trade swag + trackables, put it back, and log your find online.
8. Repeat!

Pro-tips:

  • Geocaches will never be buried. Check in trees, on metal objects for magnets and under sticks. If you still can’t find it, think “If I hid a geocache here, where would I put it?”
  • If you’re still totally lost, check the most recent activity and hints on the app.
  • Bring a pen!

GeocachingEDU

This totally awesome website shares a wide variety of resources that makes introducing geocaching to students a breeze. You can even download a PowerPoint presentation on “Geocaching 101” here. The website also has brochures and posters, but what I found most useful is this blog! Teachers and parents provide tips and tricks on how they’ve incorporated geocaching into their learners’ agendas and it looks like a blast. I mean, what kids don’t want to hunt for treasure?! As for curricular opportunities, one teacher creates academic puzzles for Science, Math, Music, History, Art, and English. However, that’s just one way to do it. I thought another cool idea would be to include QR codes on hidden items to share more knowledge with students. Check out the blog and see what appeals to you.

I can’t wait to go geocaching and see what it’s all about for myself!

Photo by Settergren / CC BY

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