Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing” and on the website www.playingwithmedia.com. Use the conference code “mobile2012” for a 50% discount on the eBook through midnight PST on April 15, 2012.
These ideas and this format are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Only License, so please utilize and remix these ideas with your own students and educators for other classes and conference / professional development contexts. If you use these materials and ideas, please attribute credit to Wesley Fryer and use the link www.wesfryer.com. This information is available via:
There are four primary tasks or “media products” in this scavenger hunt. As a participant, try to complete at least TWO. You are encouraged to complete and share all four, however! The four media product options are:
Remember, as a breakout session participant you’re NOT expected or required to create all three media products! Select media options which will best meet your personal interests and skill set but not overwhelm you. There is more to do here than we’ll have time to completely finish in our breakout session. In this way we’ll model some characteristics of a “blended learning classroom.” Our learning and collaborations together are not strictly limited by a clock or calendar!
Three of the four media product options in this activity involve YOU interviewing someone else, recording their responses with different kinds of mobile media tools and sharing the “synthesized results” online. You can select any of the following questions for your media scavenger hunt interviews. I encourage you to select DIFFERENT questions for different media products, but you don’t have to. The key when it comes to interview questions is to ask open ended questions which invite elaboration and specific details. Don’t settle for generalizations like, “Mobile learning is great.” Ask your interviewees for details. Ask for examples. Ask for website addresses related to their answers. Ask them to tell you stories which support their opinions.
Question 1: Mobile Platform
What is your preferred digital platform for mobile curriculum sharing and why?
Interviewees may identify a specific website, learning management system, content management system, or other media container / delivery option. Ask them to specifically explain:
Question 2: Story of Transformative Mobile Learning
Share a story about how you or your students have experienced transformative mobile learning.
As your interviewee to specifically explain:
Question 3: Mobile Prescriptions for Educational Leaders
What are the three most important things you recommend school leaders DO or SUPPORT which will empower transformative, mobile learning for students and educators?
Ask your interviewee to:
Question 4: Obstacles to Opportunities
What is one of the biggest obstacles to transformative mobile learning in your school (or schools where you work?) How can this obstacle be turned into an opportunity?
Ask your interviewee to elaborate not only on the obstacle, but most importantly on how that obstacle can be solved/addressed or how it HAS been effectively addressed in their school setting.
As the individual recording and sharing the ideas of others, which may include images, audio and video, it is your responsibility to obtain their explicit permission to publicly share their ideas and your recording online. Here is a sample script you can use to obtain permission:
I’m working on an educational project about mobile learning and would like to interview you. Can I have your permission to share this recording online on the public Internet?
If you are interviewing a minor under 18 years old, you also should obtain the permission of the child’s parent/guardian to share their ideas and recording online. A sample permission policy is available on the “Posting Policy” of Student Media Examples.
It’s a good idea (but not required) when sharing media to specify a specific Creative Commons license under which you’re sharing the content. Unless noted otherwise, it is recommended that content shared in this project be shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Learn more about Creative Commons licenses (from the Creative Commons website) and more about copyright from the freely published chapter on Copyright from “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing.”
Tags are keywords used to identify and find related content or media. Please use at least the following two tags when posting media products for this scavenger hunt:
By using these two tags on websites where you post media content, you’ll enable others to find, enjoy and share your creations with others.
Please use the following THREE PART publication and submission procedure for your scavenger hunt results.
Part 1: Post Online
If you are creating an audio project, video project, or eBook, you will select a mobile app and free web service to host and share your files. (Options are described in “Media Product Instructions and Options” below.) Step 1 for these projects is posting your audio online via the respective mobile app / cloud service.
Part 2: Email Your Link and/or Media
All media products for our scavenger hunt should be submitted via email to the following address:
Optionally, you are invited to cross-post your creations to the official Mobile Learning 2012 Posterous website, by also emailing to:
After approval, your posts should then show up on the following two websites:
Reported technical issues with the Posterous website may interrupt or prevent these submissions, but please try them anyway... and remember Part 3 below!
Part 3: Submit the Scavenger Hunt Google Form
Each time you create and share a media product for our scavenger hunt, please submit the direct link to it (along with your information) using our official Media Scavenger Hunt Google Form. Access this form using EITHER of these addresses. (The first address will “bounce” you to the longer Google Form address.)
All submissions must be received no later than midnight PST, Friday April 13, 2012.
Each successful submission on the Mobile Scavenger Hunt Google Form enters the participant into a prize drawing. Each breakout session / workshop participant can submit a maximum of FOUR times (once for each media product). Three $20 gift cards will be awarded to three individuals submitting media products, either for the iTunes store or for Best Buy. A person can win only once. The drawing will be held on Monday, April 14, 2012. Winners will be contacted via email and the gift cards mailed to the address they provide. Winners will be announced on playingwithmedia.com and speedofcreativity.org.
Participants in the Mobile 2012 Media Scavenger Hunt: I challenge YOU to create and share AT LEAST TWO of the following media products! Exceed expectations and submit ALL FOUR!
1. Digital Text Share
2. Audio Share
Want bonus points? Include an embedded version of your audio in your own blog post.
Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wfryer/5875083517/
More resources “No Edit Audio Podcasting” are available on http://wiki.wesfryer.com/Home/handouts/noedit.
3. Image Share (5 Photo Story)
You have two options for your image share, depending on whether you want to take your own photos or use openly licensed photos from the “5 Card Flickr Story” website.
OPTION A: Remixed 5 Photo Story
OPTION B: Homegrown 5 Photo Story
The following instructions are for iOS 5: If you want to attach more than one photo to the same email message on an iPad, from the CAMERA ROLL thumbnail view click the SHARING button in the upper right corner. (Don’t click on an individual picture yet.)
Next, click on all the photos you want to attach to an email. Then click SHARE in the upper left corner and then EMAIL.
4. Video Share
Want bonus points? Include an embedded version of your video in your own blog post. (Posterous will auto-embed many video links, including YouTube videos.)
You are encouraged (but not required) to view and comment on others’ work. Check out our shared Posterous website on edusandbox.posterous.com and leave courteous, respectful comments. Remember all submissions are moderated, so submissions will be delayed in showing up on the site.
You can also view unmoderated submission results (minus names and email addresses) by viewing this shared Google spreadsheet. (live results of our Media Scavenger Hut Submission Google Form.)
I’d like to give a shout out of special thanks to Dean Shareski, Alan Levine, and Curby Alexander for inspiring many of the activities included in this media scavenger hunt. Also thanks to K12Online Conference organizers who were the inspiration for the “Obstacles to Opportunities” interview question. Thanks to Tony Vincent and other organizers of Mobile 2012 for the opportunity to attend and share at this year’s conference!
If you enjoyed this media scavenger hunt (or just love the idea) I encourage you to participate in “The Daily Create.” This is a daily opportunity and challenge to both create with media and share your creations with others as part of the DS106 community. DS106 is an amazing course and open community dedicated to creating and sharing digital media. Learn more about DS106 by viewing the 2011 K-12 Online Conference keynote video, “The World’s Craziest Educational Videos Featuring ds106.”
Here are a few websites to continue learning and sharing about mobile media creation.
Information about Wesley’s keynotes, workshops and presentations (including an inquiry form) is available on speedofcreativity.org/speaking.
Thanks for participating in the 2012 “Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing” Media Scavenger Hunt!