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  • Geocaching: The sport where YOU are the search engine
    • Bridget Belardi
    • [email_address]
    • blog.mtlsd.org/cybrary
  • What is Geocaching?
    • A high-tech treasure hunt
    • Need a GPS
    • Seek a cache based on latitude and longitude coordinates
    • This is not just a teaching tool, it’s a lifetime activity.
  • GPS
    • Global Positioning System
    • Approx: $100-$500
    • Garmin and Magellan
    • are the most popular
    • Can download cache
    • info into the receiver if it
    • is properly equipped
    • iPhones
    • Groundspeak App $10
    Garmin eTrex Venture-$169
  • How Does It Work?
    • Using three satellites (trilateration), you should be able to determine your exact position.
    • Some variables include:
      • Trees
      • Buildings
      • Atmospheric Interference, etc.
      • *A typical hand held receiver gets within 5-15 feet.
  • What am I looking for?
  • How do I find a cache?
    • Build an account on
      • www.geocaching.com
      • Search by city, zip code, state, driving route, etc.
      • (I usually search by zip code--15017)
      • Record the latitude and longitude coordinates and read the hints!
  • Then what?
    • Get as close to the location as you can.
    • Insert the coordinates into the GPS.
    • Follow the compass until it gets to 0-10 feet.
    • Use your “geosense” to find the cache.
  • When you find the cache…
    • Sign the log book
    • Trade items—Take something, leave something
    • Look for travel bugs and geocoins
    • Be sure to put the cache back in the same place you found it with the appropriate amount of camouflage.
  • Extras
    • Travel Bugs
  • Geocoins
    • Collectable and tradable items
  • Some “lingo”
    • Muggles: Those who are not geocachers. You must be careful to be stealthy around them!
    • TFTC: Thanks for the Cache
    • TFTF: Thanks for the Find
    • TNLN: Took Nothing Left Nothing
  • “ Survival” Guide
    • Take a bag that includes
      • GPS
      • First Aid kit/bug spray
      • Pen/Pencil
      • Swag/Tradable items
      • Compass
  •  
  • Educational Benefits
    • Reading latitude and longitude
    • Map skills
    • Using a compass
    • Can add a research component
    • Cross-curricular connections
    • Letterboxing Hybrid
  • Map Skills
    • GIS (Geographic Information Software)
    • Google Maps
  • Educaching
    • http://www.educaching.com/
    • Resource for lesson plans, how-to CD
    • $32.00
    • Also includes ideas for
    • grant writing
  • Google Earth and GPS
    • Elementary and Secondary versions
    • $34.95
    • Lesson plans and blackline masters
  • Other Books For Your Library
  • Other Information
    • Podcachers
    • Geocaching List Serv (For teachers)
    • PAECT list of resources —including GIS software
    • Caching Teacher Blog
    • ** Dr. Christie’s Guide for Educators
  • Want to find out more?
    • www.geocaching.com : For all your geocaching needs
    • A site for beginners: http://www.factsfacts.com/geocacher.htm
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching
    • Bridget Belardi
    • [email_address]
    • blog.mtlsd.org/cybrary