QR Scavenger HuntI am currently teaching a graduate level course on technology through UWGB called Communicating and Collaborating with Google Tools. Each session I try to bring in an interactive lesson that typically includes technology and team work or relationship building.
Last week we I asked the students to go on an adventure around the building as they embarked on a QR code scavenger hunt. Students scanned the QR codes and were directed to a Google Form that had questions that had to be answered correctly before they would be provided the next clue. To set up the Google Form I used short answer questions with Data Validation where they had to type the answer in correctly in order to move to the next question. I also used multiple choice questions where they were directed to start the task over if they were incorrect or move to the next question if they were able to get it correct. In both cases I didn't have to check any student response and they were able to move to the next task at their own pace. At the end of the Google Form you are able to customize the message that students will see. While editing the Form you click the Presentation tab and are able to type a link to another resource, or directions or a clue that will guide them to their next location.
Some of this inspiration came from a conversation with a Phy-ed teacher who wanted to take the idea of Breakoutedu outside. We are working on creating an activity to create clues hidden around campus and connected via Google Forms.
Charades! Another amazing aspect of class was the use of Charades. This game has been around forever. Recently there has been the development of an app that you can use on your phone where the word appears on the screen which is held above the guessers head while others attempt to provide clues to help them guess. If they get it correct they move the phone forward, if they can't get it they pass by tilting it backward. I wanted to provide teachers with an editable example of this they could use with all age levels that wouldn't need to go through the MRSC - media resource checklist and wouldn't require the use of a device in the hands of the kids.
When we used this in class with a group of educators it was a truly spectacular experience. Everyone was engaged providing clues and attempting to help the guesser get as many clues correct as possible. What made this so enjoyable was the Act It Out category. The group started a little slow, but quickly got into the spirit. There was no better example of this than when the clue "Making a Snow Angel" came on the screen. A few teachers demonstrated the action which the guesser thought was jumping jacks to which a couple players changed their position quickly getting on the floor and mimicking the creation of a snow angel in the carpet. It was a fun activity that everyone in the group participated in and had fun doing.
I created a simple Google Slides template for Charades with a few topics and clues. I included hyperlinks within the document from the category page to the word slides for Act It Out, Animal Kingdom, and State Capitals. You are able to change the categories and the word slides to fit your needs. If you click the Charades link above you will be able to make a copy for your own use.