After conducting spatial ability tests and introducing the Geo-Activity to the Padre Emilio Miotti School (earlier post), the interest of the teachers in using that activity was so high that we returned to that school to use the activity with more children (without the spatial ability tests this time, just for fun). You can find some impressions of the day below.
Furthermore, the activity will be introduced to all teachers and the whole school through a workshop in the end of June this year. It will so become part of the ongoing cooperation between NIED and this school. I have already prepared materials that will be used to teach the teachers and staff (in Portuguese). I will publish them here, as soon as i correct some errors as well as translated them back to English. So stay tuned.
The study project ArcGIS Server – Client/Server Setup and Development for Geospatial Learning (introduced here) finished with some nice developments and results. The groups developed different applications and conducted usabillity-testing at a school in Muenster. The results of these tests were incorporated into the applications.The individual applications were developed as lightweight web based applications and were based on different frameworks. Topics that were covered by the developed applications were:
If you are interested in the individual implementations of the projects, get in touch with us, we will put you in contact with the authors. The magazin Arc Aktuell by esri will also feature this study project in their upcoming issue.
The new issue has just been released, more on this here.
On the 11th of June, a group of students from the ifgi and some staff members from GL@PrimarySchool conducted another field test in a school around Muenster. The students are involved through the frame of a seminar, which is offered this semester by the GL@PrimarySchool staff. The topic of this seminar is ‚Geospatial learning with OLPC‘, in this context, the students planned and conducted some usability tests for the XO-laptops, handheld-GPS and paper maps as well. The group was as well accompanied by 2 guys that were doing some recording for our upcoming GL@PrimarySchool image movie; stay tuned for further news on this. Weiterlesen →
The outdoor work started on Tuesday: During the lessons we picked 2-3 kids (in total 30 of 110) out of class to perform the single user tests of the Geocaching game. After hiding the geocaches on the school ground Theodore translated a short explanation of the actvitiy and the kids could start their search with the help of our activity and the OSM basemap.
We accompanied the children on their search, noting their problems, questions and reactions. Their wayfinding and search time was recorded by GPS. As for usability measures we tried to encourage the children to think aloud – a new situation for most of them. Due to language barriers and missing experience we could not collect many comments on that. All in all the task was reasonable easy and all tested children found their way around the school ground, although there were some differences in time and wayfinding. A deeper analysis will follow. After the second round we realized that hiding a cache on a school ground shared by 4000 children is quite impossible… 3 of 4 boxes „disappeared“ during this day.
On this day we had some help from Claudio Pajarola, a swiss GIS specialist from CGIS (Center for Geographic Information Systems) of the NUR (National University of Rwanda) and from Lote, a student of KIE (Kigali Institute of Education).
During the test runs and especially if they hit some break, we had a lot of guests and visitors, watching from behind 😉
We even got an idea how it could look like, if some children use the laptops in collaboration mode… (in fact, these kids just used the better WiFi connectivity on this spot)
Here you go with the wayfinding of Queen, a 9 year old girl:
took a long time since I posted the last progress step. We did some tests again in Bodelschwinghschule and refined collaboration functionality for the Geo activity.
We created some screenstories which tell you more about the workflow for each plugin we can provide for now (Geocaching and Geotagging). This is the first screenstory telling about the Geocaching, a later blog article will give you information about Geotagging.
First startup the Geo game and choose the Geocaching activity.
Start the Geo activity
Choose plugin (within Geo a plugin represents the actual activity)