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Educaching Presentation

  1. 1. Educaching: Integrating GPS Technology with the Curriculum Jason Hubbard Woodland Elementar y Schooljhubbard@perr ysburgschools.net • (419) 874-8736
  2. 2. What is GPS?
  3. 3. 24 Satellites Total22 Active & 2 in Reserve
  4. 4. 3 Satellites neededto find a position on Earth
  5. 5. What is Geocaching?• High-tech form of Hide-N-Seek• cache - “hidden”• Catalogs over 700,000 caches worldwide• There are over 12,000 caches in Ohio alone!• http://www.geocacaching.com
  6. 6. Columbus Caches
  7. 7. Types of cachesSome caches are informative in nature:Virtual Caches - Historical markers andinformation plaquesEarthcaches - Geologically interesting spotsPuzzle Caches - Crack the code to continueMulti-Caches - Problem solving involved
  8. 8. Why use GPS in the classroom?• Students are moved beyond the four walls into an environment that is challenging, integrative, and exploratory.• GPS captures the thrill of the hunt for learning• Teamwork, problem-solving, decision making, critical thinking easily addressed
  9. 9. Why use GPS in the classroom?• Promotes spatial awareness and learning• Provides visualizations which are a powerful way to understand problems, identify solutions, and discover the unexpected• Innovative way to place technology into students’ hands• Augments student communication locally and globally
  10. 10. Educational Caches• Teachers create educational scavenger hunts on school grounds• Examples: • mathematical problems • science experiments • story elements for creative writing • historical sites
  11. 11. GPS Geometry
  12. 12. GPS Geometry
  13. 13. GPS Geometry
  14. 14. GPS Geometry widthlength
  15. 15. GPS Geometry
  16. 16. Tree ID
  17. 17. Tree ID
  18. 18. Step by Step Preliminary mapping• Find locations on the school grounds...look for “Easter egg” spots• Draw a sketched map of the area or use Google Earth• Save waypoints of each cache• Mark general hiding spots on your map
  19. 19. Step by Step Setting up the hunt• Take any lesson plan• Create clues for students to find in order to learn the lesson• Acquire containers for your clues• Hide containers for the hunt
  20. 20. Step by Step Preparing the students• Explain the concept• GPS tutorial - Quick Tips Sheet• Deliver Expectations - • The 3 R’s of GPS Etiquette • Respect • Responsibility • Replace
  21. 21. Step by Step Let the hunt for learning begin!• Group students into cooperative teams• Distribute tools...receivers, clipboards, “field” sheets, cameras (optional)• Set boundaries for the hunt• Release students for the hunt• Return to the classroom for debriefing
  22. 22. Step by Step Back in the classroom• Debriefing • Communicate any challenges • Discuss solutions to problems• Extension of learning • Research findings or complete tasks • Use computers for extended research • Prepare presentations
  23. 23. Getting Started• Do the research• Communicate the idea for approval• Acquire the equipment • GPS- Grants, borrowing, sharing • Containers - “free”• Understand the time investment
  24. 24. Resources• Google Earth• www.geocaching.com• www.gpsinformation.net• www.geocacher-u.com• www.weteachgps.com• www.educaching.com
  25. 25. Questions?

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