Village Quest

Age: 9+yrs   Ease ***


Pupils will learn how to generate and read a QR-code with a tablet or smartphone. They will learn how to find a location on a virtual map, how to get GPS-coordinates with Google Maps, share a document with Google maps and post an image on and link this to the correct coordinates.


Every pupil (or maybe pairs of pupils) thinks of a question about an important building or location in the school’s village. Ideally, the answer to the question has to be found outside the building. (e.g how many steps lead up to the front door?  What date was this statue erected? How many sorts of trees can you see?)

Create an account on Google docs. The pupils put each question onto Google docs creating a separate document for each question. This will give the question a unique url. Tell them to “share with anyone who has the link”

Find a free QR code generator – is very good so is Click on ‘website url’ on the drop down menu. Download a QR code and save it on the desk top.

Find the building on Google Maps and get the GPS-coordinates, copy them to the clipboard

Log in to (login provided by the teacher)

Upload the QR-code to Panoramio and add the GPS-coordinates

– your part of the Villagequest is ready!

Each pupil looks for the QR-codes on Google maps and reads the questions with a smartphone, tablet or pc. He/she searches for the correct address on Google Maps and tries to find the answer with Google Streetview (or in the real world if you feel like a trip in to the village). The answers are written on a form/worksheet. The class that made the quest marks the answers and awards the prize!

Get one class to make a Villagequest for another class.

What do I need?

Pc or tablet or smartphone

Access to Google Maps and Google Streetview

A Google docs account

A account

A account or access to

You can also use to make a “spoken QR” which can be fun

Added value:

– a lot of new tools to explore for the pupils

– they learn to plan and work independently

– useful tools in everyday life

– opportunity to explain GPS coordinates


There are no internet/It safety issues, but ensure pupils are accompanied when they leave the class to place their treasure hunt clues.

Other opportunities to use the same software:

  • See unit QR Code Treasure Hunt
  • Create QR Code badges for themselves. The QR Code reader takes users to  a web biography.

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3 Responses to “Village Quest”

  1. Ginesa Bautista Garcia October 31, 2012 at 12:40 #

    Me parece una actividad interesante, ya que permite a los niños encontrar un lugar a través de coordenadas en el google maps, por otro lado considero un juego un tanto complicado para niños de primaria, sería más interesante para los niños de secundaria.

  2. Alessia November 7, 2012 at 16:52 #

    Penso che questa attività sia molto interessante per i bambini della scuola secondaria .La trovo difficoltosa per i bambini della scuola primaria.

  3. nic daniels
    nic daniels November 7, 2012 at 19:43 #

    Thanks for the feedback Alessia. I think most of us would agree. But I do know of some primary schools where learners have sufficient competence in using IT to be able to do this activity. As with all activities on the site, it is very important that each teachers decides if the activity is suitable for using with their particular learners. Our star rating system and age range guide are only a general recommendation. Thanks again for your feedback, it will be very helpful to other teachers across Europe.

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