While visiting the museum students not only gathered information for their project but they participated in a scavenger hunt in a technological manner. Using my class Twitter account; each half-hour I would tweet a new trivia question related to an item in the Henry Ford Museum. Using a class hash-tag all the students could keep in communication with me and the other groups while filtering out all other communication. Each group would tweet back their response. The first correct answer tweeted back was the winner. Periodically, I would tweet hints if no one was finding the item. With some of the extra financing I was able to purchase prizes for the winning groups. The Twitter Scavenger Hunt was a huge success.
Here's a few additional helpful hints:
- Do Not "follow" students on Twitter. Therefore, inform students that they are not able to "direct message" (DM) their responses to you. It must be done through the public Twitter feed.
- Create a hash-tag for your class; make something that is catchy, related to your class and not too long. Use the hash-tag during the scavenger hunt. It will create a stream of communication for just your class; it will filter out all other non-related Tweets.
- Publish to the parents, administrators and public that you are conducting this event. They can then follow along and even Tweet-in. It's a great way to have others view the great things that are done in education today.
- Very Important: Create some simple Twitter Use Rules. For example my class Twitter "Bird" rules are known as KFC: in other words students should keep their tweets Kind, Fresh and Classy. Remind students about your rules and make sure they know, understand and are aware of the possible results of a violation.