CONCEPT: A hugely versatile treasure hunt designer.
DELIVERY: QR code scavenger hints are all the rage right now and a sure fire way to engage learners. What Klikaklu offers though is so much more, with options to suit a range of purposes.
And boy are there a lot of options to choose from! You can choose a linear treasure hunt or a scattered scavenger hunt that doesn't follow a set order. The clues themselves can also take many forms from QR codes to images of objects that need locating or even descriptions of a place or object that needs to be found. Furthermore you can elect to incorporate the use of the iPad's location services and only show the clue when the hunter is in the immediate vicinity - great for hunts whilst on a field trip! You can also set a time limit to control the pace of the activity. Need even more personalisation? How about the ability to stagger the starts, designate a starting point on the map or allow players to see how their opponents are doing? It really is jam packed with options!
Upon reaching the clue, the player matches the image (or snaps a photo of the object if a description is used) but there are more options too. You can set a question to be answered, whether multiple choice or direct answer. You can assign a poll to partake in. You can even choose a reward for the end of the hunt which could be an image, weblink or just a bad joke! These can all be set as the finale to the hunt too.These added extras really elevate the app as you can incorporate a vast spectrum of learning opportunities into the challenge - far more than with a simple QR hunt.
Hunts can be shared via email link or QR code. They can also be set as publicans accessed si kph by being in the correct location. As your students take part in the hunt, you can track their progress from your hunt's overview screen. How good is that? It means no more sitting back and just hoping that they're out there actually doing what they should be!
LIMITATIONS: Although the app is free, you have to pay for the ability to create hunts after an initial trial period. The relatively high price may limit student creation as an option for some. Naturally you also need good wifi coverage around your school to get the most out of it.
CONCLUSION: Taking the QR scavenger hunt format to a new level, this is one app that any educator could benefit from. 5/5
Scavenger hunts tailored to any curriculum area
Developing positional language
In the MFL classroom
Field trips and visits
Geographical work on GPS/map use
Active learning revision sessions