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GooseChase: What It Is and How Educators Can Use It?

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GooseChase EDU is a popular digital tool that helps students learn through teacher-designed scavenger hunts. 

These scavenger hunts can be conducted during in-person class or entirely online, and can incorporate word games, math puzzles, and research. Educators can use GooseChase to create group or individual scavenger hunts, and can have their students explore the internet, their classroom, their school, or even their own homes. 

GooseChase helps prioritize active learning and get students excited about class assignments.

Read on to learn more about GooseChase EDU. 

What is GooseChase EDU and What Does it Provide Teachers?  

GooseChase EDU is the education version of the GooseChase scavenger hunting app. Both apps were co-created by GooseChase CEO, Andrew Cross, who previously worked in Product Design for Apple. The non-education version of GooseChase is frequently used during conferences and orientations, and by corporations looking to encourage team building. The education version is a great way for educators to gamify their lesson plans while facilitating active learning, collaboration and, when appropriate, friendly competition between students. 

Students can compete individually or on teams, and the scavenger hunts can be timed and entirely text-based or can require students to travel to certain GPS coordinates to complete missions. GooseChase missions can require students to take a picture of or make a video at a specific location. For instance, a vocabulary lesson could use GooseChase to require students to visit the school library and look up specific words in the dictionary. A mission for high school students might ask them to find a teacher to interview who is not teaching a class and direct them to ask a specific question related to the day’s lesson. When field trips resume, GooseChase scavenger hunts can be designed around museum visits as a fun way for students to document what they learn on the trip. 

In the meantime, the app is also well-suited to remote learning and can be used to have classmates collaborate even if they are not in the same room together. 

How Does GooseChase EDU Work? 

To set up your GooseChase EDU account, go to GooseChase.com/edu and click on the sign up for free button. You’ll be prompted to enter a username, email, and password, plus include details about your school and district. 

Once your account is confirmed, you can start building scavenger hunts. You can learn the basics of how to do this with GooseChase’s Getting Started Guide and also choose from scores of already existing games GooseChase’s Game Library. These games are categorized by grade level and subject. You can also search the Game Library by game type. Options include indoor, outdoor, virtual, and group games.

Designing scavenger hunts is easy. You can create simple missions that resemble a more traditional quiz or get more creative in your use of the tool.  No matter what type of scavenger hunt you have in mind, odds are there is something in the Game Library that is somewhat similar and could possibly serve as a template or give you ideas on how to build your own game. 

What Are Some GooseChase EDU Features 

Using the app, students can:  

  • Enter GPS coordinates to show they arrived at a specific location 
  • Take photos to demonstrate they found the object of the scavenger hunt
  • Record videos with audio to demonstrate learning in various ways 
  • Answer simple or complex questions through teamwork 
  • Enjoy an escape room or video game like experience while learning class material 

How Much Does GooseChase Edu Cost?  

The Educator Basic plan on GooseChase is free. It allows you to create unlimited games but you can only run one live game at a time and only run games in team mode. In addition, there is a five team limit and only five mobile devices can be used per team. 

The Educator Plus plan is $49 per year and allows educators to run unlimited live games with up to 40 participants and 10 teams per team play. Games can be run in team or individual mode. 

GooseChase’s Educator Premium Plan costs $199 per educator per year. This plan allows for 40 teams per game and up to 200 participants in addition to other features. Schools and districts interested in GooseChase EDU can contact GooseChase directly for price quotes.  

Erik Ofgang

Erik Ofgang is a journalist, author and educator. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic and Associated Press. He currently teaches at Western Connecticut State University’s MFA program. While a staff writer at Connecticut Magazine he won a Society of Professional Journalism Award for his education reporting. He is interested in how humans learn and how technology can make that more effective.