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Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
Paect Geocaching 09
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  • 1. Geocaching: The sport where YOU are the search engine Bridget Belardi bridgetbelardi@gmail.com
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. What am I looking for?
  • 6. 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!
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. Extras • Travel Bugs
  • 10. Geocoins • Collectable and tradable items
  • 11. 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
  • 12. “Survival” Guide • Take a bag that includes – GPS – First Aid kit/bug spray – Pen/Pencil – Swag/Tradable items – Compass
  • 13. Educational Benefits • Reading latitude and longitude • Map skills • Using a compass • Can add a research component • Cross-curricular connections • Letterboxing Hybrid
  • 14. Educaching • http://www.educaching.com/ • Resource for lesson plans, how-to CD • $32.00 • Also includes ideas for grant writing
  • 15. Google Earth and GPS • Elementary and Secondary versions • $34.95 • Lesson plans and blackline masters
  • 16. Other Books For Your Library
  • 17. Other Information • Podcachers • Geocaching List Serv (For teachers) • PAECT list of resources —including GIS software • Caching Teacher Blog • **Dr. Christie’s Guide for Educators
  • 18. 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

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