Maybe you have participated in scavenger hunt where individuals or teams were sent out to accumulate a series of objects or perform predetermined tasks and bring back documentation of the accomplishments or objects themselves. The first person or team to return to the finish line won.
Challenge 11 is an adaptation of a traditional scavenger hunt that focuses on documenting the evidence of a learning focus. In the challenge you will create selected-word videos based on ideas, concepts, values, and/or learning objectives, customized and personalized to your own learning focus, yourself and colleagues’, your students’, your school’s, or your district’s. Each video clip should be no longer than 90 seconds and needs to show evidence of your selected word “in action.”
The purpose for participating in the Video Scavenger Hunt is to:
- look for evidence of the selected word in your own learning environment
- capture visible learning evidence “in action” through your video recording
- create video clip(s) that contributes to your documenting learning journey
- justify why a video satisfies as evidence, which can be accomplished by annotexting a sentence or phrase on the video’s footage, or by adding a short narrative on your blog connected to your embedded video clip.
Conduct your Video Scavenger Hunt by:
- competing against yourself, other individuals, or as teams from your school/office or beyond by establishing a start date and pre-determined amount of time (e.g., 1 day, 1 week, 1 month) to video-record the evidence of one (or more) words on your created list. (If the individuals or teams prefer, you can leave the amount of time allotted to video-document the selected word(s) open-ended with the goal of sharing a word’s audio-visual evidence when the learning evidence has been captured.)
- recording your video evidence per word as one continual clip (e.g., collaboration – two students collaborating on an image and informational text for a Google side for a collaborative class a Desert Animals presentation) or a series of segments to form one collective video clip (e.g., collaboration – teacher listening and offering feedback to a student, two teachers collaborating after school on project-based learning project, administrator working with a parent about fundraiser for school, two students working together to solve a manipulative math problem)
- Viewing the various like-word video clips created by individuals or teams and discussing the unique perspectives regarding what was captured to represent the word “in action.” For example, one team’s concept of what constitutes quality collaboration may look and sound quite different than another’s concept and evidence. This activity can serve as a powerful conversation starter when teachers and/or administrators need to come to agreement on expectation clarity related to initiatives or vision/mission statements or terminology.
Follow these steps to complete this challenge:
1. Conduct your Video Scavenger Hunt as explained above. If you’d like to, download this PDF template to fill in your own Video Scavenger Hunt choose-a-word list and task summary.
Be sure to save your created Video Scavenger Hunt word list as an image file so you can embed it in your blog post.
2. Write a new blog post: a) import your video scavenger hunt word list, b) include a reflective narrative as to what you (your team) learned from conducting/participating in the video scavenger hunt by looking for, capturing, reflecting on, and sharing one or more word’s video evidence, and c) upload the final one-word scavenger hunt video(s). (You will need to have uploaded the final video[s] to your YouTube or Vimeo account prior to embedding into your post. Once uploaded, the files will have individual embed codes that you can copy and paste into your blog post.)
3. Title, save, and publish your post.
After you have completed your challenge to create a Video Scavenger Hunt blog post, please include the URL link to your post with embedded scavenger hunt word list image and final video(s) in the Leave a Reply comment section below to share with us and your documenting community. Check back regularly to see what others have posted!
Added Amplification: Tweet out or share on Instagram the link to your Video Scavenger Hunt blog post, or write a short explanation for why your video scavenger hunt resonated with you and attach your final video. Either way, be sure to include the hashtags #documenting4learning, #videoscavengerhunt, and #DLBloggingChallenge11.