How I Use It
Klikaklu is an app that allows the teacher or students to create a scavenger hunt within a classroom or building, or around a neighborhood, museum or park. The hunt maker takes photos at specific locations that students must find using GPS and/or written clues. Once they find the item in the photo, they use image matching technology to prove that they have been there. The hunt maker can include "quiz" questions to be answered about the object or location as well as messages with additional information. Hunts can be set for clues to be completed in a particular order, or randomly. The hunt maker can be notified as clues are matched or when the entire hunt has been completed.
It is summer now, and I can't wait to try Klikaklu with my students. I've already created a "getting to know our tools" hunt with items from our classroom and nearby locations, and I am excited to find opportunities for students to create their own hunts. There was a little bit of a learning curve in setting up the hunt due to the number of options available, but the tutorial was helpful and the app lets you know if photos are likely to match easily or need to be retaken. I know my students will be very excited both by the idea of a scavenger hunt and by the image matching technology, which is a lot of fun to use. The potential for learning will depend on the subject matter of the hunt, of course. Possibilities include new student orientation to the school building, examining architecture in the neighborhood, and exploring a local museum. You could design a scavenger hunt to familiarize students with the features of their textbook, the locations of lab and safety equipment in the science room, or the various public service buildings (police, fire, government) in your community. Excursions outside the school building would require additional adults for supervision, of course, but this would make a great community activity. I'm hoping to help my students create their own hunts to share with each other as well.