Glympse for Field Trips
Type of technology: Maps/GPS
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: Any/All
Subject area: Field Trips
Remember parent phone-trees? Back when the only thing that we had available was a telephone, teachers would create a phone-tree on the first day of school. The teacher would call one parent and then that parent would call the next name on the list to relay the information, that parent would call the next, and so-on. This technique could be used for field trips, especially overnight trips and others that would return outside of the school day. As a sixth grade teacher, I take my students on a number of far away excursions as well as camps that last several days. My best friend on field trips like these – Glympse.
Glympse is a free app that shares your location in real-time. It is a map app that broadcasts your location in an easy and secure way giving speed and estimated time of arrival that continuously updates based on your actual movement, not traffic conditions.
When returning from a field trip, I input the destination (school) into Glympse and the app creates a link. I then copy and paste this link into all of parent communication tools; Remind, ClassDojo, ParentSquare, etc… When parents click on the link, it opens the Glympse app (if they have it installed) or the Glympse website. Parents now have details about exactly where their child is how fast they’re traveling, and what the ETA back at school will be.
I’ve used this app for these types of situations over the past few years and it never fails to impress parents. Best of all, I no longer have to wait after school for students to wait in line to call home and let their families know that they are back and need to be picked up – The parents are already at school!
Students love the feeling of returning to school, after being away from home for a few days, and seeing a crowd of parents holding ‘welcome home’ signs and awaiting their return. It’s a much better experience than back in the phone-tree days when we would have to wait, sometimes late into the night for all the students to get ahold of a parent and be picked up.