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Geocaching 101 by Jim Clark

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Educational geocaching presentation Educational geocaching presentation Presentation Transcript

  • Introduction to GPS & Geocaching Jim Clark Instructional Technology Department Wichita Public Schools
  • Navigating in the Past
  • What is GPS?
    • It is a system of 24 satellites that are used in conjunction with a receiver unit and a control station to allow for very accurate determination of location
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  • Space Segment Satellite Constellation GPS Satellite
  • Ground Segment Basic GPS Unit
  • Garmin eTrex GPS Receiver
    • Very inexpensive
    • Very durable
    • Great for basic instruction in use of GPS
    • Stores waypoints and routes
  • The front of the eTrex
  • The Back of the eTrex
  • Important Pages Skyview Page Menu Page Waypoints Page Waypoint Review Page Compass Page
  • What is Geocaching?
    • High tech treasure hunt that uses global positioning system (GPS) receiver to hide and seek containers (caches) anywhere in the world
  • Geocaching
    • Go to http://www.geocaching.com
    • Create account
    • Under Search for caches… enter the latitude and longitude for location
  • Geocaches near Us
  • Geocaches near us
  • Downloading Geocaches
    • Check in check box
    • Click on Download Waypoints
  • To Manage the Geocaches
    • Download and install EasyGPS ( www.easygps.com )
    • Launch EasyGPS and select file you downloaded
    • You may then upload or download geocache waypoints from your receiver
  • EasyGPS
  • GPS Visualizer
  • Geocaches
    • Waterproof container
    • Contains “swag”, stash note, pencil/pen, and log book
    • You should add to the swag if you take swag
    Congratulations, you found it! If you found this cache by accident please don’t remove it, this is a Geocaching treasure box! Join us in the fun of using GPS to find hidden treasures worldwide at www.geocaching.com . Please let us know if you would like us to remove this geocache. Name: Date: Waypoint: Owner:
  • Travel Bugs
    • “ dog tag” registered at Geocaching.com
    • You may track the path of the bug
    • Have goals and descriptions
  • Example Classroom Standards
    • Third Grade
      • Math
        • Numeracy
        • Geometry and Measurement
        • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Science
      • Geography
      • Technology
  • Uses in Education Modified from http://www.teachinghacks.com/wiki/index.php?title=Geocaching_for_Educators
    • Use Travel Bugs to track an items movement from place to place, including any stories that are picked up along the way
    • Create a multi-cache that includes information about the local history of an area.
    • Create a multi-cache that explores cultural connections of the local area.
    • Create a cache that explores issues in environmental education.
    • Create a cache and story locating the missing school mascot.
  • Uses in Education
    • Create caches that explore numeracy.
    • Participate in projects that help students collaborate with others around the world.
    • Participate in a "Cache In, Trash Out" environmental education day.
    • Create a geocaching club at school.
    • Use virtual caches to avoid planting too many caches for your students.
    • Survey school grounds with GPS units
    • Create caches exploring sculptures
    • Create historical caches
    • Scale off the solar system
  • Future
    • iPhone location (indoors and out)
      • Cell: 500 meters
      • Wi-Fi (Skyhook wireless): 30 meters
      • GPS: 10 meters
  • Jim Clark Instructional Technology Department Wichita Public Schools [email_address] http://technology.usd259.org/resources/