(Above) ESTEAM project members from Locatify and GeoParks in Slovenia, Portugal and Norway met in Egersund, Norway for a teaching seminar and outdoor actives for testing the TeachOUT app.
The TeachOut App is developed as part of the ESTEAM project as a tool for improving teaching. The app and creator CMS provides teachers with the tools to make and publish treasure hunt games to smartphones for their pupils to enjoy on field trips.
TeachOUT gives students the opportunity to experience practical teaching with a lot of self-activity, fresh air and physical activity. Teachers can take into account different learning styles, and teaching plans can be made that facilitate learning through all the senses. Only out imagination sets limits.
How the app is used
After downloading the game on their device, the pupils will follow the directions in the game to go to predefined locations (treasure locations) where the app will present information about the location provided by the teacher. After learning about the location, the pupil will solve various challenges about the subject at hand. Some challenges requires uploading pictures, images or videos to the game server. This will require a decent internet connection to be able to upload the content. If no network is available when the challenge is completed, it will queue up on the device and upload when the user is in network range.
New types of Location-based challenges
The games offer various challenge types for the pupils to solve on location using their smartphones. The challenge types include multiple-choice answers to questions, written answers to question, answer a set of questions to find out what the pupil is investigating, ability to take photos of specific subjects, and the ability to decorate the photos by drawing on them or to put predefined graphics on them.
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