Although I currently live, work, and study in Virginia, when people ask me where I’m from, my automatic response is “Washington, DC.” So when the video featured the Smithsonian Institution’s workshop, my ears perked up, and I wanted to find out more.
As shown on the video, students are charged with creating a scavenger hunt that would interest teenagers. They use their cell phones to photograph clues and send them to the gamers. Students use multiple skills such as writing, photography, and visual literacy (how to look at artifacts and interpret them). Working in groups, their social and communicative skills are also honed.
I tried to find out more about this workshop, but my websurfing skills have proven inadequate. I haven’t given up, though, and when I find out more, I will blog about that.
The scavenger hunt also piqued my interest since I recently included a similar activity in a Social Studies lesson plan. The unit was on US presidents, and as part of a field trip, students and their parent chaperones visiting the American Presidents (a permanent exhibition of the National Portrait Gallery at the American Arts Museum) would have to find certain presidents using photographs of details found in the presidential portraits. The details would potentially spark conversation and more research into those presidents.
With more knowledge and skills to be acquired in this technology course, I hope to tweak the Presidential Scavenger Hunt activity and make that lesson more interactive.