In the Verizon Thinkfinity Speaker Series interview with Dr. Chris Dede, he discusses how mobile applications can support learning outside the classroom, and we get to see a little of his EcoMobile project in action.
Have you assigned learning outside the classroom using mobile devices? If so, we want to hear more!
Common Sense Media published a blog by Sierra Filucci--One Smartphone. Two Kids. Tons of Fun.--(February 5, 2013) about using Smartphones to get children outdoors enjoying nature and having fun. Children search for hidden treasures using geocaching. She lists these tips for novices.
Start with a free app, and move to the fancier ones after you've decided you want to keep geocaching. We started with Groundspeak's free app but finally bought the $9.99 version when I knew that this was a big hit with my kids.
Teach your kids the short and sweet rules before you start: Always put the cache back exactly as you found it, and, if you take a treasure from the cache, you must leave something of equal or greater value.
Non-geocachers are called "Muggles," as in the non-wizards in Harry Potter's world. If you see Muggles during your hunt, you should act normal, and don't let them catch on to what you're doing.
Always bring a pen!
What do you think of using this idea with students in your classroom?
Has anyone used mobile blogging with students? It's a way for students to share their observations as they go on field trips and take pictures and use audio recordings to describe what they are seeing on their trip. They can create their blog using a variety of mobile apps and devices.