Well it’s been nearly a week since Eventzee staff members Cody and Dylan returned from Austin, TX while attending the TCEA 2016 Convention and Expo, and we’ve been hitting the ground running. We had a great turnout for our photo scavenger hunts and everyone seemed to have a ton of fun.
From chasing down people in unique hats, to spelling out TCEA with their bodies, we kept the players moving and adventuring through the conference halls. Thank you to all who played and thank you to all the vendors who participated as stops in our scavenger hunt.
Check out the galleries from Day 1 and Day 2 of the photo scavenger hunts!
From a business perspective, the event was a home run. We met so many passionate educators who had all sorts of ideas on how to use Eventzee in the classroom. Like we told many of you, many times, at the end of the day the Eventzee staff are not educators, so the success of our product has to come from those who work with students every day. From language teachers using scavenger hunts for live action vocabulary training to chemistry classes using it to train on lab equipment, Eventzee EDU’s customizability makes it perfect for any situation.
A HUGE thank you is in order for everyone involved in making TCEA a success, but especially to Michelle Phillips and Carl Hooker.
Michelle, the Instructional Technology Specialist for Prosper ISD, was the first person to suggest we use Eventzee as an educational tool and she has been working with us since then to develop a safe, fun product that’s easy to use within the classroom. Michelle and Prosper ISD have played an active role in testing Eventzee EDU and we’re excited to continue to move forward with them. Congrats to Michelle for also being nominated as ITS of The Year at TCEA 16’s Educator Awards! Follow Michelle on her website EdTech In Action– you won’t regret it!
Carl is the Director of Innovation & Digital Learning in the Eanes Independent School District and the founder of the learning festival ipadpalooza. Carl was actually one of the first clients Eventzee connected with and he has been a huge proponent for our product at his ipadpalooza events worldwide. An educator himself, Carl is constantly pushing for a strong educational shift with technology integration. You should also follow his blog “HookeED on Innovation” to learn more!
Once again, we had a great time at #TCEA16 but we have a lot of work ahead of us. If you’re interested in bringing mobile scavenger hunts into your classroom, contact us today!
Didn’t catch us at booth #224? Well that’s OK. Check out blogger Tim Holt’s interview he did at our booth with Eventzee Director of Operations, Dylan Derryberry.
Scavenger hunts have always been a fun way to interact with others and support camaraderie, but we’ve moved past the limitations of pen and paper. Eventzee takes scavenger hunts to a whole new level by supporting worldwide events and new ways to interact with players. While Eventzee makes it easy to host your own scavenger hunt, it’s up to YOU to make it memorable. So if you’re considering putting on your own, here’s a few tips to get you started.
Every student learns differently, but all can make use of the fun and unique learning experience of our Eventzee education program. Digital Scavenger Hunts combine effective use of technology with higher level questioning while engaging students in fun, creative ways.
Bring the classroom into the real world with Eventzee!
Formative Assessment with instant feedback for teachers.
Engages students in making real world connections to curriculum.
Creates active learners.
Totally customizable, Eventzee combines creativity with active learning through scavenger hunts. Check out what people are saying about Eventzee!
Denton ISD | Event: Denton TIA “Technology In Action” Conference
Eventzee offered us another dimension of engagement with attendees at our technology conference. We were able to drive traffic to specific areas of focus at our conference, enhancing the experience for everyone involved.
We were also able to, through the use of photo scavenger hunts, gamify self-reflection about new learning by encouraging attendees to share their learning through pictures. That was a huge game-changer for some of our attendees.
– Ross Garison, Coordinator of Instructional Technology @ Denton ISD
Prosper ISD | Event: Multiple Events
Eventzee has been used in our 7th/8th grade ELAR classes as a semester review and to learn about an author’s life. It has also been used by our middle school Photojournalism classes as they learn about the different photo composition techniques.
Our Fashion Design and Marketing teacher used it on a field trip to North Park Mall to assess student’s learning in a real world environment. A 4th grade math teacher took his kids on a Division Hunt. 8th grade history used it to assess the understanding of the 7 principles of our Constitution. 7th grade ELAR took her kids on a mythology hunt.
Kids are engaged in higher level thinking skills as they connect their learning to real world examples. Teachers can provide instant feedback. It is a great formative assessment tool. Teachers can differentiate amount student or group submissions based on level of understanding.
Region 10 | Event: 21st Annual Region 10 Technology Conference
The Eventzee Crew helped run the event since we had over 500 participants at the conference. They were an awesome crew with their fun, bright suits and amazing personalities! Our goal for this event was for our participants (Educators in the Region 10 ESC area in Texas) to have some fun mixed in with their full day of learning and for them to see how this type of technology integration could be used in the classroom.
From the feedback we received, many districts determined that Eventzee was something they could take back to their students and use in the classroom. Eventzee is a wonderful tool to use in both the classroom as well as a professional learning environment. Two thumbs up!!
–Lori Aden, Ed. D. Region 10 Distance Learning Consultant
Now that you have some ideas about how to start your Eventzee scavenger hunt, go out and make it happen! If you’re interested in hosting an Eventzee event, sponsoring an official Eventzee photo hunt or just curious about what we can do reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In “Eventzee Exposure” we look at testimonials from happy clients who have hosted their own Scavenger Hunts. Our users’ experience is very important to us, so when things go off without a hitch we want to cheer about it. If you’d be interested in sharing your Eventzee experience please reach out to email@example.com!
Host: Prosper Independent School District
Location: Prosper High School, Prosper, TX
“Prosper ISD’s STEAM event was a huge success thanks to Eventzee. The digital scavenger hunt enabled us to quickly direct attendees to all of the exhibits with ease. The clues created a fun, competitive environment while participants engaged with the presenters and the different exhibits during the night. The Eventzee staff was extremely helpful throughout the entire process. They created interesting clues that ensured the attendees had fun while not missing any of the exhibits. They even attended the event to make sure everything went smoothly. We highly recommend Eventzee for your next event!” – Michelle Phillips, M. Ed., Instructional Technology Specialist Prosper ISD
“I really liked how it made me go visit every different area of the event. It forced me to see stuff that I otherwise might have missed.”- Patrick O’Neill, ITS Prosper High School
“Eventzee gave me a reason to visit the entire STEAM showcase and seek out specific areas and people.- Richelle O’Neill, District Librarian Prosper ISD
Photo Clue Examples:
Health Science- CPR Dummies – Take a selfie with a “dummy”
Rubik’s Cube – Show your attempt. Bonus points if your complete it!
Tech Help Desk – Take a pic with a helper
STEAM – Take a pic of the STEAM logo
Blue Man Group – Take a pic with a man in a blue suit
3D Printer – Capture printing in action
Science Fair – Show unique learning in action
About the STEAM Expo:
Prosper ISD’s annual STEAM Expo is an evening filled with hands-on experiments and displays from talented Prosper students. STEAM, which stands for “Science Technology Engineering Art Math” focuses on showcasing the integration of alternative learning in education. From robotics to 3D printing, students and parents could both get a hands on experience with the innovative lessons. To learn more about STEAM or Prosper ISD follow them on Twitter at @ProsperISD.