On the 11th of June, a group of students from the ifgi and some staff members from GL@PrimarySchool conducted another field test in a school around Muenster. The students are involved through the frame of a seminar, which is offered this semester by the GL@PrimarySchool staff. The topic of this seminar is ‘Geospatial learning with OLPC’, in this context, the students planned and conducted some usability tests for the XO-laptops, handheld-GPS and paper maps as well. The group was as well accompanied by 2 guys that were doing some recording for our upcoming GL@PrimarySchool image movie; stay tuned for further news on this.
The school, we visited is located within a forest area in the outskirts of Muenster, which gave us the opportunity to use the tedious environment for hiding our geocaches. Our testing included a pre-test on the childrens spatial abilities, the conduction and monitoring of some spatial orientation task (either using a XO-laptop with our software, paper maps or handheld-GPS). The pupils, that were not involved in a test (we are limited to 3 XO-laptops, which limits the amount of children, that can use them in tests), stayed in the classroom and performed some Google Earth navigation as well as some easy mapping with the ESRI ArcGIS Explorer. After all tests were conducted, we used the nice school ground to perform some geocaching together with the whole class of 5th -graders.
After finishing the tests at school, the group met at the Wersehaus to discuss the outcomes and results of the tests during a nice barbecue in the sun. The students continue to evaluate the outcomes; their results will be incorporated in our work. Below you can find some impressions of that day.