Cyberscavenger: Support Student Creation and Sharing of Location-Based Evidence Related to Learning Goals
Thursday, June 30 2:00-2:30 PM
This paper presents a cross-platform, map-based software application, called Cyberscavenger, that has been developed as part of the Cyberinfrastructure for Quality Understanding and Engagement for Students and Teachers (CyberQUEST) project. The application allows teachers to set location specific learning goals and challenge their students to first research and identify specific evidence related to learning goals and then collaboratively create a map-based digital portfolio using the application. The conception of the application idea was first inspired by teacher concerns about their student’s lack of focus during field trips. The application has been expanded to support teaching and learning related to “virtual” field trips. The paper also discusses the dissemination of the application to teachers and the adoption of Cyberscavenger in middle school classrooms.