Presented at the k12online conference by Beth Ritter-Guth Unlikely Coordinates?  Geocaching Across the Curriculum
What is Geocaching? <ul><li>World Wide Scavenger Hunt </li></ul><ul><li>2 roles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hide things </li></...
How do you start? <ul><li>www.geocaching.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Size of treasure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty ...
What do you need? <ul><li>Hand-held GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Flashlight, </li></ul><ul><li>Walking stick </li></ul><ul><li>Ba...
Classroom integration ideas <ul><li>Social Studies-Map skills </li></ul><ul><li>Literature-Connect to books, historical fi...
My classroom/integration ideas <ul><li>Pre/Post planning professional development activity for team-building </li></ul><ul...
Further Questions <ul><li>How can Google Earth be incorporated into geocaching? </li></ul><ul><li>Do students have to crea...
Personal Professional Development <ul><li>Learned what geocaching is </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarked resource page in delicio...
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Geocaching

  1. 1. Presented at the k12online conference by Beth Ritter-Guth Unlikely Coordinates? Geocaching Across the Curriculum
  2. 2. What is Geocaching? <ul><li>World Wide Scavenger Hunt </li></ul><ul><li>2 roles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hide things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find things </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. How do you start? <ul><li>www.geocaching.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Size of treasure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty in finding treasure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Terrain (handicap accessible to need something special) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GC code – approved by someone else </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Description – can vary in length </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Logs-entered by others-look for a smiley face to indicate that others have been successful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be Virtual Cache </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What do you need? <ul><li>Hand-held GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Flashlight, </li></ul><ul><li>Walking stick </li></ul><ul><li>Backpack </li></ul><ul><li>Pen </li></ul><ul><li>Information from website </li></ul>
  5. 5. Classroom integration ideas <ul><li>Social Studies-Map skills </li></ul><ul><li>Literature-Connect to books, historical figures, add a line to a story (contained in treasure) </li></ul><ul><li>Health/Fitness-Hiking, Outdoor safety </li></ul><ul><li>Science-include something in the treasure that asks student to learn about science, i.e., water tester </li></ul>
  6. 6. My classroom/integration ideas <ul><li>Pre/Post planning professional development activity for team-building </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary/middle school: Teacher hides treasure on school site to teach longitude and latitude. </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary/middle school: Find several treasures, plot coordinates on a map and practice map skills </li></ul>
  7. 7. Further Questions <ul><li>How can Google Earth be incorporated into geocaching? </li></ul><ul><li>Do students have to create an account in order to participate? </li></ul><ul><li>How could you utilize the virtual cache in the classroom? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Personal Professional Development <ul><li>Learned what geocaching is </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarked resource page in delicious </li></ul><ul><li>Indirectly: Great use for a Glog! </li></ul>

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