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Global-Trotting - Using Geocaching, Geography and GSP Receivers in the Classroom. Presentation by Mary Lehman at PETE&C 2010.

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    1. 1. Geo-Trotting Mary Lehman Central York School District
    2. 2. What do we know?
    3. 3. National Geographic 2006 Geographic Literacy Study • Young Americans (18-24) answered about half of the questions correctly. • Six in ten couldn’t find Iraq on a map. • Three-quarters couldn’t find Indonesia (soon after the tsunami) or that it is the largest Muslim country in the world.
    4. 4. • Three-quarters believed English is the most commonly spoken language in the world (rather than Mandarin Chinese) • Only half could identify the states of New York and Ohio on a map. • Despite news coverage and natural disasters, young American have a weak knowledge of geography. • Students are unprepared for a global future.
    5. 5. How can we create Global Learners?
    6. 6. Global-Trotting Using a GPS, Geocaching & Geography in the Classroom • “Where In The World” - Tracking the whereabouts of an Air Force Officer as he travels throughout the world. • Geocaching • Weekend Family Geo-tracking
    7. 7. Where In The World? Alternatives • Create a Google Form & have people send their coordinates. • Create a Cluster Map & keep track of the locations of your visitors. • Ask your PLN to send you their coordinates
    8. 8. Geocaching in the Classroom • What is Geocaching? • How does the GPS system work? • How can I use a GPS to teach? • How can I integrate it into my curriculum?
    9. 9. Integrating Curriculum • Our first Geocache was about directions & positions (understanding the compass and coordinates.) • Continents - The containers had clues about a specific continent. They had to decipher the clues & research the continent. • Trip Around the World - Each group created clues about their continent & created a waypoint for their cache. Everyone visited each continent and stamped their passport.
    10. 10. • American Symbols - Clues were about different American Symbols. They researched to figure out the symbol. They created a Google Site containing information, slideshow, Google Map, and quiz. • Pennsylvania Information - They had to find information to answer the question about Pennsylvania geography and facts. Then they created a Google Presentation.
    11. 11. • Science Observation - Observe what is happening in the location. Record & compare findings (temperature, living organisms, seasonal changes.) • Math Equations - Containers have equations to answer before going to the next clue. • Writing Prompt - Use descriptive language to write about their observations.
    12. 12. • Field Trips - Create a Community Walk or Google Map with pictures and information of the trip. • Student Assessment - Students create the content of the cache for their classmates. • School Events - Use Geocaching instead of Scavenger Hunts.
    13. 13. Geocaching, it’s a lot of fun because it is like a treasure hunt. Sometimes it is freezing cold. Sometimes it is really hot. They can be in plain sight or be hidden really good. If you’re using a GPS, like we were, it makes it a whole lot easier because it is an electronic map. Wherever you are, it is always fun to Geocache.
    14. 14. I love Geocaching because you get fresh air and take a breath. You don’t have to sit around doing a plain old worksheet. You get to learn new stuff. Geocaching is something different. I think Geocaching is one of the best things I learned this year.
    15. 15. Geocaching is the funniest thing to do in the world. I like Geocaching because it is exciting. My class Geocached in the snow, the grass, and on the blacktop. We were the first team to find our box. It was about the Pennsylvania flag. We think we did good on our Geocaching slideshow.
    16. 16. I think Geocaching is cool because you get to have fun and learn at the same time. We learn our south, east, west and north. If the arrow on the GPS is pointing to a wall, we know to go around it, not to go right into it. That’s why Geocaching is so awesome.
    17. 17. Geo-Tracking on Weekends • Students take home the GPS over the weekend. • They teach their family how to use the GPS. • They go to local parks and find waypoints. • They write their observations and experiences in the journal.
    18. 18. Our Future
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    20. 20. Resources • National Geographic Study NGSRoper2006Report.pdf • Jaywalking - • Lilly Knows Geography -