After solving some technical problems which rose up due to cloning the laptops, we started a new approach testing the collaboration of the Geo Activity. We spent much efforts implementing the collaboration capabilities the XO laptop (and Sugar) offers. Performing games with others is much more fun, and besides this the learning effect grows exponentially.
Like on the other days, we tried the Geocaching and the Geotagging game. But now with sharing the activity, instead of performing single games in parallel.
First we tried the Geocaching activity which was pretty much fun — not only for the kids participating the game ;). It was fun to see, which ways the kids chose to find the cache. We even did not have to follow the kids directly, as we saw them on the map striving around the schoolground.
The trick was to orientate oneself with the help of the map and the player constellation. When the treasure was close, the kids could disable displaying all participants on the map, so they could concentrate on the stepapproaching the treasure (overlapping of XO icon and treasure icon), without being confused of the other players icons.
For the Geotagging game, unfortunately we had not too much time and I’m lacking some pictures (I guess, we forgot to take some „screenshots“), but besides some bugs (kids could not delete a tagged object) it works also very well. We will provide pictures on this after further tests back in Germany.
We finished this impressive week with some post tests on spatial abilities and sketch maps in both shifts, to measure possible improvements.
To say goodbye to the kids we brought some sweets from Germany and made group pictures, with XOs and with the flag 😉 We’ve let some of the GPS devices in class, so the kids can continue geocaching and geotagging in the future.
Finally we had an interesting summing up talk to the teachers and the headmaster. Kagugu Primary School is highly interested in establishing some kind of exchange of data with other schools, starting with the Bodelschwinghschule Münster. We put this on our todo list, to develop a server for publishing the maps made with the GeoActivity. Theodore was even asked by the headmaster to give teacher trainings for the GeoActivity in the future!