Looking for a playful and self-directed way for students to learn how to use an app? Why not try a digital scavenger hunt (somehow similar to a webquest)?!? Just like in a real-life scavenger hunt, students are provided with clues. The difference is that these clues force them to use the different tools and functionalities of an app they are learning.
Depending on the complexity of the scavenger hunt, you can use the checklist approach or the linked clues approach.
The checklist approach provides all the clues at once. It is easier and prevents students from getting stuck or mislead on the scavenger hunt. Here is an example of a checklist scavenger hunt to learn how to use the Google images search tools.
- Using the Tools > Image Type, find a Clipart image of a caribou.
- Using the Tools > Colour, find a picture of a polar bear on a blue background.
- Using the Tools > Usage rights, find a picture of a seagull under Creative Commons licence…
The linked approach provides the first clue, which leads to the second one, and so on. It is more difficult but prevents skipping clues. Here is an example of a linked scavenger hunt to learn how to use the tools in Word’s Insert tab.
- Insert a circle and change its colour for the one immediately on the right of the default colour. The colour is now: __[orange]__ .
- In the circle, add an icon of answer #1 [orange]. This icon is divided into ____ portions.
- Insert a star shape that has the same number of branches as answer#2 …
In order for you to experience a digital scavenger hunt, we have created one to help you gain familiarity with the tools available on Nunavik-IcE.
- Access Nunavik-IcE.com and make sure your audience is set to teacher.
ℹ️ Nunavik-IcE has personalized interfaces for parents, students and teachers. Each interface only shows the most relevant content for that audience.
- Click on the Glossary tab and search for the Inuktitut word for polar bear.
Answer 1 | The word is: ____________________.
ℹ️ Enter a word in the Glossary search field to find the corresponding word in Inuktitut. When found, the word will be displayed in Latin and syllabic characters – you may also listen to the pronunciation by clicking on the speaker icon. Alternately, find all words corresponding to a category of your choice by clicking on the “CATEGORIES” drop-down menu yellow. Additionally, wherever a Glossary word appears throughout the site, it will be displayed in blue. Placing the mouse cursor over it will cause the same information to be displayed.
- Click on the Resources tab. Click on Filters to find all books that have animals as a theme.
Answer 2 | There are __________ books on animals.
ℹ️ Filters help refine a search by selecting one or a combination of the following parameters: GRADE level(s), TYPES(s), SUBJECT, THEME.
- Find the book that starts with the word [answer 1] and click on View. Once the resource is opened, add it to your bookmarks by clicking on the Bookmark icon located between the Print and Like icons of the top right toolbar.
Answer 3 | Once the post is added to your Bookmarks, the icon colour turns ____________________.
ℹ️ Bookmarks save the location of a resource for future reference. They work similarly to web browser bookmarks.
- Scroll down until Related Content is reached. Add two resources to your Bookmarks by clicking on the Bookmark icon in the top left corner of each resource.
ℹ️ The Related Content suggests resources that have similar keywords to the one you are looking at. In this example, more content on animals, polar bears, sharing and reading is displayed.
- Scroll back up and click on Back to Search. Notice the site brought back your previous search results (books on animals). Before starting a new search, clear all the Filters for this one, by clicking on the circle arrow on the left of the Search Bar.
ℹ️ The Clear Filters button appears when you search terms are entered and allows you to start a new blank search.
- Select the Subject drop down menu inside the Filters option. Search for all resources in Information and Communication Technologies. Use the List View to show the results as a list rather than the default grid. There, find a resource that has an image with a background of colour [answer 3]. Open this resource by clicking on View.
ℹ️ The List and Grid views allow you to browse through to customize the way you search through resources.
- Try the reading assistance tool by clicking on the sound icon in top right toolbar. To pause, click on the icon a second time.
Answer 4 | What is the second software listed in the first sentence? ___________________.
ℹ️ Reading assistance is currently only available in English. Visible at the top of each resource, it was implemented to support second language learners.
- [Answer 4] is our next destination. Click on the Community tab to access this application.
ℹ️ The Community team was created to allow teachers to connect and exchange with their colleagues. Just like on a social media, they can use the platform to chat, publish, share files, organize projects, etc.
- In the Community Team, find a channel that corresponds to your subject area. Click on the 3 dots “…” on the upper right hand corner to access the more options menu. Click on the bell icon to activate that channel’s notifications.
ℹ️ To facilitate teachers’ connection to their colleagues, a channel (or sub-team) has been created for each subject area.
- Go back to the Nunavik-IcE homepage and click on the bookmark icon just below the language selection area. Your bookmarked resources will be displayed.
Answer 5 | There are __________ resources in my bookmarks.
- Switch your audience to student and select the grade level equal to [Answer 5].
ℹ️ To make sure students see age-appropriate content, resources are automatically filtered based on their selected grade level.
- Type the word Air in the search bar and scroll down in the results area until the All Science Experiments section is reached. This section displays a collection of resources having the word Air as part of that collection.
ℹ️ Collections are designed to guide users towards search results related to what they are looking for. In this example, finding any science experiment will display the whole collection. The same applies for grammar rules; finding a rule on verbs will show you the All Grammar Rules collection.