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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mission Map Quest - Create Your Own Geography Games

Russel Tarr is on a roll this month. Earlier this month he released a great tool for creating fake text message exchanges between historical and literary characters. This week he released another tool that I think teachers will like. Russel's latest tool is Mission Map Quest. Mission Map Quest is a map-based tool for creating virtual treasure hunts. The concept is simple, you create a series of clues that your students need to follow to identify places around the world. You can add as few or as many clues to your Map Quest as you like. When you're ready to have students try your Quest just give them the web address of the challenge or have them scan the QR code assigned to your Quest. 

The QR code in this post will take you to Russel's demonstration of Mission Map Quest. You can also click this link to try it from the student perspective. The demonstration has a WWI theme. 

Applications for Education
Mission Map Quest could be a great tool for creating your own geography and history review activities. Your clues could be based on political events or geographic features. For example, you could create a clue that asks students to identify where the American Civil War began. You could also include a clue like "the longest river in Africa empties into this body of water." Of course, you don't have to be the only one making the Map Quests. Have your students create Map Quests that they share with each other.

The Week in Review - It's Mud Season!

Good morning from muddy Greenwood, Maine. The spring thaw has started and that means it is mud season. Along with the mud we have the return of lots of birds and awakening of black bears from their winter slumber.

This week I spent two days at Discovery's Beyond the Textbook forum. It was a good experience that I'll share more of in an forthcoming post. One of the posts I wrote at the beginning of the forum is in this week's list of the most popular posts listed below.

Here are the week's most popular posts:
1. A Short Guide to Terms Commonly Used In Blogging
2. A Simple Yet Powerful Student Blogging Activity
3. What Is Beyond Textbooks?
4. Readium - Read ePub Documents In Your Browser
5. Quizdini - Create Online Quizzes That Give Students Instant Feedback

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