A few weeks ago, I reviewed a digital story about letterboxing. I love letterboxing but my app has not been working lately and it is making it difficult to letterbox on the fly! I had heard about Geocache but had not had time to figure out how you do it. After watching several videos, I think I have it figured out. It is digital letterboxing! No stamps required for this. You follow the coordinates from a GPS or your phone, find the box, log in, trade trinkets, and rehide the box. Presley does a good job of explaining geocache in her video and you can also follow up on the Geocache website as well as sign up for a free account (and app).
I will be using Lankshear and Knobel’s Ch 4 New Literacies and Social Practices of Digital Remixing to critique this story.
- What types of “involvement” – and by the author/creator(s), participant(s), and/or audience – are apparent in this story? Presley knows all about geocaching. She has been doing it forever – well, at least four years:) You really can tell she enjoys geocaching and is familiar with the website and the app. She does a good job of explaining what you need to do to get started and demonstrates how she finds a box.
- How would you characterize the “literacy dimensions” present in this story? This video demonstrates video editing, screencasts, and the use of a geocaching app.
- What are the online spaces and sites that bring this story to life? Why do these spaces and sites matter to the impact of the given story? This video gives reference to the Geocaching website where you can sign up for free and start getting your maps and nearby caches. I have already signed up and because of Presley’s screencast, know exactly where to go to get started.
- Based upon your assessment of involvement and literacy dimensions, what modifications and changes to this digital story might improve aspects of narrative, production, media usage, and/or audience engagement? Presley does a wonderful job narrating – especially for a nine-year-old. There are times she talks a little too fast, but you still get the point. The video is 12 minutes long and that felt a little too long. It was interesting and helpful but could have included some small edits to make the video a little shorter.
I am excited to try out geocaching tomorrow with my kids! Should be fun and it looks like there are several right around my house.
Follow up: We went on our first geocache yesterday. We found nine cache’s and the entire family is now addicted! They are everywhere! I loved using the Geocache app on the phone – you can find where the caches’ are on the go and discover what other finds are near you. We will probably get some more today:)