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Gpsintropresenation

  1. 1. Using GPS in Library & Educational Settings Robert Mayben
  2. 2. GPS Introduction <ul><li>Global Positioning System (2000) </li></ul><ul><li>The GPS is made up of three parts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At least 24 satellites orbiting the Earth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Control and monitoring stations on Earth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The GPS receivers owned by users </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. GPS Receivers <ul><li>Electronic devices (cars, handheld) </li></ul><ul><li>Determine your approximate location (within around 6-20 feet) on the planet </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinates: Longitude and Latitude </li></ul><ul><li>Some units have maps, built-in electronic compasses, & voice navigation </li></ul>
  4. 4. GPS Receivers <ul><li>Costs/ Purchasing </li></ul><ul><li>Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Features </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who’s using GPS? <ul><li>Real World Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government Agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Army Corps of Engineers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forestry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research Institutions – Data Gathering </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Recreational Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hunting, Fishing, Hiking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geocaching </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What is Geocaching? <ul><li>Adventure game for GPS users </li></ul><ul><li>www.geocaching.com </li></ul><ul><li>Caches </li></ul><ul><li>Finding & Logging Caches </li></ul>
  7. 7. GPS in the Library? <ul><li>List library geocaches on www.geocaching.com to draw people to the library which can help raise awareness of programs and services </li></ul><ul><li>Set up geocaches to promote local history awareness, community involvement, and environmental responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Tour of campus libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Locating libraries in various cities, states, or countries </li></ul>
  8. 8. GPS in the Library? <ul><li>Many libraries offer GPS units for students, faculty, and staff to check out for data collection and navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate geocaching into a summer reading program </li></ul><ul><li>Track bookmobile routes and stops </li></ul><ul><li>Your Ideas? </li></ul>
  9. 9. GPS in the Classroom? <ul><li>Why? GIS2GPS & Teachers & Other Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Photography Scavenger Hunt </li></ul><ul><li>Leaf Collection (pictures or actual leaves) </li></ul><ul><li>Mean, Median, Mode </li></ul><ul><li>Creative or Descriptive Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Review Games </li></ul><ul><li>Latitude & Longitude </li></ul><ul><li>Related Topics such as Systems of the Body, Countries of Different Continents </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Google Earth Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Landmark Puzzle (Pictures, Countries, facts) </li></ul>
  10. 10. GPS in the Classroom? <ul><li>Classifications for Science </li></ul><ul><li>Parts of Speech/Descriptions of items </li></ul><ul><li>Math Shapes/Math in the Real World </li></ul><ul><li>Geometric Planes/Trig Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Measurements/Scale/Distance </li></ul><ul><li>Math Multiple Choice/Work Problems to find Coordinates </li></ul><ul><li>Relative vs. Absolute Directions for Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion on how GPS would have affected historical events (Wars, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Data Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Your Ideas? </li></ul>
  11. 11. End of In-Class Session <ul><li>Questions so far? </li></ul><ul><li>We will proceed outside for the next part of the training module. </li></ul><ul><li>In part 2, there will be hands-on instruction on how to use a GPS unit as well as a group geocaching activity. </li></ul>

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