Mobile 2012 “Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing” Media Scavenger Hunt


Welcome to the Mobile 2012 Media Scavenger Hunt, offered as the breakout session “Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing” at the Mobile2012 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 12, 2012. The primary goal of this activity is to provide opportunities for you to develop your mobile communication skills using digital text, audio, images and video. Background and supporting resources are available in the eBook “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing” and on the website Use the conference code “mobile2012” for a 50% discount on the eBook through midnight PST on April 15, 2012.

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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:

  1. A written article shared as digital text
  2. An oral interview shared as a digital audio file
  3. A five photo story optionally including textual narration and/or audio narration
  4. An oral interview shared as a “no-edit” or “quick-edit” digital video

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!

Interview Questions

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:

  • Why is this platform “mobile-friendly?”
  • What makes this mobile platform particularly excellent and preferable to other options?

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:

  • Why was this a ‘transformative’ experience or example of mobile learning?
  • How did access to mobile media/content or mobile sharing options enable this experience?

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:

  • Elaborate in detail
  • Provide links to websites related to their answers

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.

Participant Permissions and Copyright

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:

  • mobile2012
  • playingwithmedia

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.

Submission Procedures

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.

Prize Drawings

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 and

Media Product Instructions and Options

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

  1. Choose one of the interview questions listed previously.
  2. Conduct the interview with another conference attendee.
  3. Write and type a short summary of the interview.
  4. Either: Post the question you asked your interviewee and your summarized answer TO YOUR OWN BLOG or email your text to
  5. Submit the link to your post using our media scavenger hunt Google Form.

2. Audio Share

  1. Choose one of the interview questions listed previously.
  2. Conduct and audio record the interview with another conference attendee using one of the following mobile apps. (You’ll need to create an account with the web service first.) Don’t forget to TAG your audio post “mobile2012” and “playingwithmedia” without quotation marks!
  1. Write and type a short summary of the interview.
  2. Either: Post the link to your published audio interview TO YOUR OWN BLOG or email your text to
  3. Submit the link to your post using our media scavenger hunt Google Form.

Want bonus points? Include an embedded version of your audio in your own blog post.

Image credit:

More resources “No Edit Audio Podcasting” are available on

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

  1. Visit the website “5 Card Flickr Story” on a tablet or laptop computer and select five images for a creative story you want to invent. (A smartphone is not recommended.)
  2. Save each of the five photos you select to your device. (On an iPad, click each photo and choose to SAVE TO PHOTO ROLL.)
  3. As you save each photo, also save the direct web link to each photo on Flickr. (As a technique, open each photo in a new browser tab from the 5 Card Flickr site.)
  4. Create and share a document using your five photos and add either a sentence description for each one OR audio record your story narration with each photo. Mobile iOS apps you can use include Book Creator for iPad ($5) or Pages for iPad ($10). An example of an enhanced ePUB ebook, “Dreams of Opera,” is available.
  1. Either: Post a link to your 5 Photo Story TO YOUR OWN BLOG (using a DropBox public link) or email your text to
  2. Submit the link to your post using our media scavenger hunt Google Form.

OPTION B: Homegrown 5 Photo Story

  1. Working with 1 or 2 others, brainstorm and select a scenario about how mobile learning can solve a specific problem or meet a specific need.
  2. Draw a rough storyboard of five photos you could take together, using available props / materials, to illustrate this scenario. (Think of this like a ‘visual charades’ activity.)
  3. Photograph the five photos you planned.
  4. Either: Post your 5 Photo Story TO YOUR OWN BLOG or email all five photos to (
  5. Submit the link to your post using our media scavenger hunt Google Form.

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

  1. Choose one of the interview questions listed previously.
  2. Conduct and video record the interview with another conference attendee using a mobile device.
  3. “Quick edit” your video by using an app (like iMovie for iPad) or a website like the YouTube Video Editor.
  4. Publish your video on one of the following video sharing websites. Don’t forget to TAG your audio post “mobile2012” and “playingwithmedia” without quotation marks!
  1. Write and type a short summary of the interview.
  2. Either: Post the link to your published video interview TO YOUR OWN BLOG or email your text to
  3. Submit the link to your post using our media scavenger hunt Google Form.

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.)

Viewing and Commenting on Others’ Work

You are encouraged (but not required) to view and comment on others’ work. Check out our shared Posterous website on 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.)

Special Thanks

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!

The Daily Create and DS106

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.”

Websites for Additional Learning & Sharing

Here are a few websites to continue learning and sharing about mobile media creation.

  1. - Student Media Examples as digital text, audio, images and video
  2. - A sandbox of (primarily) eBook EPUBs shared freely
  3. - Information about starting a “Storychaser Club” at your school
  4. - Mapping Media to the Common Core (12 different media product ideas with related steps, tutorials, and examples - still under construction but nearing completion for summer 2012!)
  5. - The primary site accompanying the eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing” (See sidebar links for resources specifically related to digital text, audio, images, video and more. The entire book chapter on Copyright is available free online.)

Follow and contact Wesley Fryer on Twitter @wfryer. Read Wesley’s primary blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity,” on

Information about Wesley’s keynotes, workshops and presentations (including an inquiry form) is available on

Thanks for participating in the 2012 “Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing” Media Scavenger Hunt!