GPS in the Classroom


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GPS in the Classroom

  1. 1. GPS in the Classroom Kyle Lichtenwald May 26, 2009
  2. 2. Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Educators Association
  3. 3. Introduction to GPS & Geocaching Possibilities for learning Questions & Brainstorm
  4. 4. GPS 30 Satellites thanks to American Security specially coded satellite signals that can be processed in a GPS receiver, enabling the receiver to compute position, velocity, and time. GPS is used in forestry, biology, fishing, law enforcement, hunting, boating, racing, and many other fields
  5. 5. over 800,000 caches worldwide
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  7. 7. Geocaching Adventure Sport Large Vibrant Community Hiding & Seeking Trackables
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  9. 9. 1. Take something from the cache 2. Leave something in the cache 3. Write about it in the logbook 4. Do not move the cache 5. Don’t leave food or dangerous items in cache Guidelines
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  11. 11. Geocaching Concerns Geo-Trash Bushwhacking Batteries & General Consumption Too much attention on GPS Trespassing
  12. 12. What did we do wrong?
  13. 13. - Jason Hubbard
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  18. 18. My First Cache
  19. 19. Education Turning an everyday lesson into a techno treasure hunt adds critcal thinking, teamwork, and physical activity.
  20. 20. Some Obvious Outcomes longitude & latitude, distance estimation, map skills, orienteering, measurement
  21. 21. Promotes spatial awareness Provides visualizations to solve problems Students get a better idea of local area and global connections
  22. 22. Thrill of the hunt Exploratory & Intergrative teamwork, problem solving, decision making, critical thinking
  23. 23. Learning Outcomes & Project Ideas
  24. 24. Jen Deyenberg’s Class Video
  25. 25. Geometry
  26. 26. Geometry
  27. 27. Geometry
  28. 28. Tree Identification
  29. 29. 1. Problem Solving Caches Students find a cache with a problem inside & solve together 2. Puzzle Caches Solve a Math or Logic (Sudoku) Puzzle to get the co-ordinates to find the cache 3. On Average Each cache has a different object of the same type (all pencils). Students record each length and find the average of all of the caches 4. Play Money Caches Each cache has a math puzzle on the lid and they have to find the answer and bring back the correct amount of change
  30. 30. 5. Find the Clues Each cache has a clue to an ultimate problem. Students collect clues to solve a mystery 6. Kickball Challenge Students waypoint a series of kicks and then graph them to see who kicked the farthest. Great for distance and measurement 7. Perimeter Waypoint the corners of a space or structure and record the distance between each waypoint to find the perimeter 8. Possible Outcomes Have three caches, one with three shirts, one with three pairs of pants, one with three accessories and they have to create a tree diagram of all of the possible outcomes
  31. 31. 9. Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins A story about the first man to try and piece together dinosaur fossils. After reading the book, in each cache would be quot;dinosaur bonesquot; to put together in strange and interesting ways 10. Name that Triangle Mark waypoints and have students stake out different shapes of triangles and have them identify the geometric shape 11. work with community Firefighters to mark fire hydrants 12. Town Tours 13. Historic Sites 14. Follow the Railroad 15. Trackables -- Flat Stanley Type Project 16. Design a themed cache
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  33. 33. More to Think About Art of hiding a Cache Cache Design Search Skills Geocaching Vocabulary
  34. 34. Thanks to these people Jen Deyenberg Diane Main Jason Hubbard Dean Shareski Olemaz KovDav
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