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App of the Week: Digital scavenger hunts for learning

Digital scavenger hunts provide dynamic, fresh learning experiences.

Ed. noteApp of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? 

GooseChase EDU is a web-based platform that creates scavenger hunts for mobile (iOS and Android) devices. First, teachers go to the website to create a new game with a basic description. Teachers then add missions to their game. Each mission is a scavenger hunt clue, which comes in three types: photo/video, text, or location. Photo and video questions are the most popular, where students submit a picture or video (limited in length to 15 seconds). Text missions are completed by typing information. Location questions are interesting but less frequently used: The teacher can set it so that mobile devices fulfill a clue by being in a certain area, down to a 50-meter radius (though they recommend 100 meters).

Price: Free, Paid

Grades: 3-12

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Highly engaging and fosters collaboration in any subject area.

Cons: Video recordings are a maximum of 15 seconds, which limits the depth of learning.

Bottom line: Students and teachers will enjoy the powerful learning of a modern scavenger hunt.

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