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Geocaching and making curriculum connections for all areas.

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  • Satellites send latitude, longitude and altitude signals to site based receivers – at least three receivers need to hit the device – more is betterThis video is very good giving a detailed background of how GPS works and is used in various formsMilitaryAir TravelWaterPedestrian - Hiking
  • This video has some of the same info as the previous two but goes into more detail about how satellite technology is used in the world.
  • 6 groups were decided upon based on the amount of teachers and time to find coordinates.
  • 6 groups were decided upon based on the amount of teachers and time to find coordinates.
  • 6 groups were decided upon based on the amount of teachers and time to find coordinates.
  • This activity was completed with older Elementary students but could also be used with the team concept of an older and younger student working together.
  • All of these presidents were assassinated: Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, James Garfield and William McKinley

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  • 1. Geocaching . . . . Making Curriculum Connections Conni Mulligan NC DEN connimulligan@gmail.com http://conni-workshops.wikispaces.com/ DENSI2012
  • 2. Background GPS (Global Positioning System) “Space-based radio navigation systemconsisting of 24 satellites orbiting the Earth that transmit a signal to users, allowing them todetermine their precise location on the surface of the Earth.” –USAF, Lt. Col. Roger Hunter
  • 3. Background GPS in the Classroom• The Global Positioning System (GPS): A Technology of Extensive Use. Discovery Channel School (2001). Retrieved May 25, 2009, from Discovery Education: http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/• GPS: Global Positioning System. Discovery Channel School (2002). Retrieved May 25, 2009, from Discovery Education: http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/
  • 4. Background Site-Based Receivers Auto Aircraft Marine Handheldhttp://www.gulf-coast-avionics.com www.consumersmarine.com http://office.microsoft.com/
  • 5. Background -Site-Based Receivers in the Classroom• Many Uses of Satellites. Discovery Channel School (2003). Retrieved May 25, 2009, from Discovery Education: http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/
  • 6. Background• Geocaching – an outdoor scavenger/treasure hunting game where you use GPS technology to pinpoint the location of an item(s) – Traditional Cache – Multi-Cache – Mystery/Puzzle Cache – Letterbox – Virtual http://www.geocaching.com/about/cache_types.aspx
  • 7. Stash Your CacheCamo, Camo and More Camo
  • 8. Background Geocaching in the ClassroomGoogle Earth & GPS Classroom Activities, Visions Technology Intermediate U.S. History/Geography: Grades 5-8 Intermediate Science: Grades 5-8
  • 9. Classroom Activities Introductory Activity for Teachers Using Big61. A form was created to record coordinates outside for the locations of 6 stations based on the Big6 Skills.
  • 10. Classroom Activities Introductory Activity for Teachers Using Big62. A booklet template was created that would be used by groups.3. The template was used to input coordinates into the book – no two booklets were identical.
  • 11. Classroom Activities Introductory Activity for Teachers Using Big64. Labels were created for each Big6 step.5. The labels were placed into film canisters – six of #1 in one film canister – six of #2 in one film canister and so on.
  • 12. Classroom Activities Introductory Activity for Teachers Using Big66. Teachers used GPS devices to go to each location where they would find the film canisters.7. Teachers would place the stickers into the booklet according to the BIG 6 Step used in the scenario.
  • 13. Directionally Challenged?Deciding who to followwas the tricky part!
  • 14. Classroom Activities 10 Apples Up On Top! -Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSiegDr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration Media/PE Integration •The teacher created stations based on the events from the book. •Teacher found coordinates outside for each station and created cards. •Students used GPS devices to go to preset stations where they performed the tasks.
  • 15. Classroom Activities History Mysteries Using Primary Source Information Media/History•Teacher recorded coordinates outside for multiple stations.•Teacher created cards for groups of students.•Students used GPS devices to go to preset coordinates where they found picture cards or newspaper articles of some event in history.•Students gathered all of the items and then tried to discover what the items had in common. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
  • 16. Classroom Activities Text QR CodeQR Voice
  • 17. Integrated Classroom Activitieshttp://www.catawbaschools.net/Teacher_Resources/Lists/Lesson%20Plans%20and%20Resources/AllItems.aspx
  • 18. More Classroom ActivitiesRockingham County NChttp://rcsinstructionaltechnology.pbworks.com/NCaect+Conference+2008
  • 19. More Classroom ActivitiesEducaching.com
  • 20. Even More Classroom ActivitiesIntermediate Science: Grades 5-8•Human Body •Plate Tectonics•Cell Biology •Energy and Motion•Ecology •Chemistry•Geology, Landforms •Weather and Erosion and Earth StructureIntermediate U.S. History/Geography: Grades 5-8•Early Exploration•Road to Revolution•Forming a Constitution•A New Republic•National Growth (1800-1844)•Manifest Destiny & Spirit of Change (1810-1860)•A Nation Divided (1846-1856)•Reconstruction (1865-1877)
  • 21. Online ResourcesGeocaching University – Let’s Go Geocaching! http://www.geocacher-u.com/
  • 22. Geocaching University – Let’s Go Geocaching! http://www.geocacher-u.com/ – BINGO Cards – Placemats – Coloring & Activity Book – ID Cards
  • 23. Geocaching University – Let’s Go Geocaching! http://www.geocacher-u.com/ – Vehicle Placard – Certificates – Cache Logs – Stash Notes – Trackable Items • GeoCoin Buddy Book • Travel Bug Travel Guide – Cache Labels – CITO Labels – Log Books
  • 24. Online Educational Resources• Educaching - A GPS Based Curriculum for Teachers - http://educaching.com/• Geocacher University - http://www.geocacher-u.com/• Geocaching – The official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site - http://www.geocaching.com/• geocoder.us / geocoder.net - find the latitude & longitude of any US address - for free - http://geocoder.us/• GPS Adventures - http://gpsmaze.com/teachers.html• Juicy Geography - http://www.juicygeography.co.uk/gpsschool.htm
  • 25. http://www.podcacher.com/
  • 26. http://www.easygps.com/http://freegeographytools.com/2007/importing-gps-data-into-google-earth-i-proprietary-software-and-easygps
  • 27. iPads and iPods
  • 28. Even More Activities• Geocaching in the Classroom• Dr. Christie’s GPS and Geocaching Guide for Educators• GPS Activities & Lesson Plans• GPS and Geocaching in Education