Geocaching: The sport where YOU are the search engine Bridget Belardi [email_address]   blog.mtlsd.org/cybrary
Breakdown of the PM <ul><li>1:15-2:00  What is Geocaching? </li></ul><ul><li>2:00-2:30  Using GPS units </li></ul><ul><li>...
What is Geocaching? <ul><li>A high-tech treasure hunt </li></ul><ul><li>Need a GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Seek a cache based on...
GPS <ul><li>Global Positioning System </li></ul><ul><li>Approx: $100-$500  </li></ul><ul><li>Garmin and Magellan </li></ul...
How Does It Work?   <ul><li>Using three satellites (trilateration), you should be able to determine your exact position.  ...
What am I looking for?
How do I find a cache?   <ul><li>Build an account on  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.geocaching.com   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
Then what?   <ul><li>Get as close to the location as you can. </li></ul><ul><li>Insert the coordinates into the GPS.  </li...
When you find the cache…   <ul><li>Sign the log book  </li></ul><ul><li>Trade items—Take something, leave something </li><...
Extras <ul><li>Travel Bugs </li></ul>
Geocoins <ul><li>Collectable and tradable items </li></ul>
Some “lingo”   <ul><li>Muggles:  Those who are not geocachers.  You must be careful to be stealthy around them!  </li></ul...
“ Survival” Guide   <ul><li>Take a bag that includes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GPS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First Aid kit/bu...
Your Assignment   <ul><li>Find a partner (You’ll have to take turns using the GPS) </li></ul><ul><li>One person will need ...
 
Reflections on the Activity <ul><li>Positive Experiences?  </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges? </li></ul><ul><li>Implications fo...
Educational Benefits <ul><li>Reading latitude and longitude </li></ul><ul><li>Map skills </li></ul><ul><li>Using a compass...
Map Skills <ul><li>GIS (Geographic Information Software) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Maps </li></ul>
Educaching  <ul><li>http://www.educaching.com/   </li></ul><ul><li>Resource for lesson plans, how-to CD </li></ul><ul><li>...
Google Earth and GPS <ul><li>Elementary and Secondary versions </li></ul><ul><li>$34.95 </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson plans and...
Other Books For Your Library
Other Information   <ul><li>Podcachers </li></ul><ul><li>Geocaching List Serv  (For teachers) </li></ul><ul><li>PAECT list...
Want to find out more? <ul><li>www.geocaching.com  : For all your geocaching needs </li></ul><ul><li>A site for beginners:...
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Geocaching November09

  1. 1. Geocaching: The sport where YOU are the search engine Bridget Belardi [email_address] blog.mtlsd.org/cybrary
  2. 2. Breakdown of the PM <ul><li>1:15-2:00 What is Geocaching? </li></ul><ul><li>2:00-2:30 Using GPS units </li></ul><ul><li>2:30-3:30 Special Assignment </li></ul><ul><li>3:30-4:00 Curriculum Integration </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Geocaching? <ul><li>A high-tech treasure hunt </li></ul><ul><li>Need a GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Seek a cache based on latitude and longitude coordinates </li></ul><ul><li>This is not just a teaching tool, it’s a lifetime activity. </li></ul>
  4. 4. GPS <ul><li>Global Positioning System </li></ul><ul><li>Approx: $100-$500 </li></ul><ul><li>Garmin and Magellan </li></ul><ul><li>are the most popular </li></ul><ul><li>Can download cache </li></ul><ul><li>info into the receiver if it </li></ul><ul><li>is properly equipped </li></ul><ul><li>iPhones </li></ul><ul><li>Groundspeak App $10 </li></ul>Garmin eTrex Venture-$169
  5. 5. How Does It Work? <ul><li>Using three satellites (trilateration), you should be able to determine your exact position. </li></ul><ul><li>Some variables include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Atmospheric Interference, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*A typical hand held receiver gets within 5-15 feet. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What am I looking for?
  7. 7. How do I find a cache? <ul><li>Build an account on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.geocaching.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search by city, zip code, state, driving route, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(I usually search by zip code--15017) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record the latitude and longitude coordinates and read the hints! </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Then what? <ul><li>Get as close to the location as you can. </li></ul><ul><li>Insert the coordinates into the GPS. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the compass until it gets to 0-10 feet. </li></ul><ul><li>Use your “geosense” to find the cache. </li></ul>
  9. 9. When you find the cache… <ul><li>Sign the log book </li></ul><ul><li>Trade items—Take something, leave something </li></ul><ul><li>Look for travel bugs and geocoins </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to put the cache back in the same place you found it with the appropriate amount of camouflage. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Extras <ul><li>Travel Bugs </li></ul>
  11. 11. Geocoins <ul><li>Collectable and tradable items </li></ul>
  12. 12. Some “lingo” <ul><li>Muggles: Those who are not geocachers. You must be careful to be stealthy around them! </li></ul><ul><li>TFTC: Thanks for the Cache </li></ul><ul><li>TFTF: Thanks for the Find </li></ul><ul><li>TNLN: Took Nothing Left Nothing </li></ul>
  13. 13. “ Survival” Guide <ul><li>Take a bag that includes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GPS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First Aid kit/bug spray </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pen/Pencil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Swag/Tradable items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compass </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Your Assignment <ul><li>Find a partner (You’ll have to take turns using the GPS) </li></ul><ul><li>One person will need to drive </li></ul><ul><li>Find caches </li></ul><ul><li>BE BACK in 1 hour!! </li></ul>
  15. 16. Reflections on the Activity <ul><li>Positive Experiences? </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges? </li></ul><ul><li>Implications for students? </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum ties? </li></ul>
  16. 17. Educational Benefits <ul><li>Reading latitude and longitude </li></ul><ul><li>Map skills </li></ul><ul><li>Using a compass </li></ul><ul><li>Can add a research component </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-curricular connections </li></ul><ul><li>Letterboxing Hybrid </li></ul>
  17. 18. Map Skills <ul><li>GIS (Geographic Information Software) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Maps </li></ul>
  18. 19. Educaching <ul><li>http://www.educaching.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Resource for lesson plans, how-to CD </li></ul><ul><li>$32.00 </li></ul><ul><li>Also includes ideas for </li></ul><ul><li>grant writing </li></ul>
  19. 20. Google Earth and GPS <ul><li>Elementary and Secondary versions </li></ul><ul><li>$34.95 </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson plans and blackline masters </li></ul>
  20. 21. Other Books For Your Library
  21. 22. Other Information <ul><li>Podcachers </li></ul><ul><li>Geocaching List Serv (For teachers) </li></ul><ul><li>PAECT list of resources —including GIS software </li></ul><ul><li>Caching Teacher Blog </li></ul><ul><li>** Dr. Christie’s Guide for Educators </li></ul>
  22. 23. Want to find out more? <ul><li>www.geocaching.com : For all your geocaching needs </li></ul><ul><li>A site for beginners: http://www.factsfacts.com/geocacher.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching </li></ul>
  23. 24. Bridget Belardi [email_address] blog.mtlsd.org/cybrary

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