FourSquare Beginner’s Guide at #iste10 with @web20classroom

Trying to share as much as I can with “Mile High Learning”

Here in the Social Butterfly cafe – some friends from Twitter congregated to teach beginners.  It is this hallway learning that are best.

Here, you can see beginners how to set up foursquare on their iphones, itouch, and Ipad and also overhear some discussions about the potential for location based apps and education.

I'll be posting another one on  Goalla . There is some discussion here of finding a location based company that would help us with setting up an educational space for this. This is something I'd really like to use on the Flint River project. for example, there is a place in the river where a sunken riverboat is and that can be seen when the water is clear – I CAN NEVER FIND IT! I want the kids to mark it with a comment.

There are huge privacy issues with location based programs which is why we need educational spaces to teach kids how to be safe. Remember, we can lead them or we can follow them and if they go into spaces without the education they will make mistakes. And perhaps more mistakes can be made in location based apps than with anything. Note that many of them are already uploading to Flickr with GPS tags without parent knowledge! Location based is everywhere and there are great educational uses.

Don't discount Foursquare and Gowalla because they are games within the games of today lie the useful technologies of tomorrow. Just learn how to do it so you can understand it and then leave it behind if you hate it. But understand it before you make up your mind.

Two best uses for these tools professionally:
1) Linking up at face to face professional development experiences. Check in and contact people and make connections more easily than sharing business cards.
2) Enriching field trips and community service – students can make tours of all types of things

It is also a lot easier than the gps type geolocation devices I've used. If you're at ISTE, find someone to help you get on foursquare!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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David H. Wilkins June 29, 2010 - 6:10 pm

Speaking of geolocation services – you should checkout the OpenStreetMap project ( This is an open mapping project with the goal of creating a world-wide free (as in freedom) map. Your students can edit the map, add points of interest, and learn a lot about geography and cartography at the same time.

John Peters July 4, 2010 - 1:32 pm


I remember when you were shooting that video. Steven helped me get started in 4 Square as well. I don’t totally “get it” yet but I’m learning.

When we returned home from Denver, both my wife & I checked into our home on 4 Square, within about 12 hours my wife became the mayor of our home. I demand a recount!

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