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Wheres Waldo Pete& C

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Intro session to geocaching and geotagging prepared for PETE & C conference in Hershey, PA Feb. 11th, 2009
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Wheres Waldo Pete& C

  1. 1. Where’s Waldo? GeoTag! You’re It! ach ing in t h e K-12 C la s s ro om Geoc K ri st in H ok a n so n & C h ri s C h am pi on Reg io n a l D irec to rs, PAECT
  2. 2. What You’ll Learn Today What is a GPS? How does it work? What’s a Geocache? OK, this is fun, but how does it work in school? Geocaching in School Geotagging and Global Information Systems SURPRISE Grant Opportunity
  3. 3. What is GPS? (Geocachers correctly call this a GPSr, or GPS receiver) http://flickr.com/photos/gravitystorm/2189744333/
  4. 4. http://flickr.com/photos/chibirashka/3056356274/ 70946/ y65/817 com/photos/glindsa http://flickr.com/pho http://flickr. tos/axsdeny/27357733 33/
  5. 5. How does it work? 24 USAF Satellites Atomic clocks Einstein (no joke) Compare the time received Geometry: trilateration 3 or more satellites needed (3-D trilateration) 05012511/ s/aburt/3 /flickr.com/photo http:/
  6. 6. Making sense of Latitude & Longitude
  7. 7. A day on the Trail..
  8. 8. Where in the world am I? Latitude 40.290602 Longitude: -76.66984 http://www.batchgeocode.com/lookup/
  9. 9. What is a Geocache? http://flickr.com/photos/ d0/119081245/ Container hidden - owner recorded the GPS location Simplest: a container with a logbook Larger: room for “trade” items
  10. 10. Sample Cache #1 Brownstone Ghost Train Car No. 3 paved walking trail about 1/2 way up the hill train theme (photos and music on website) http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=36180
  11. 11. Sample Cache #2 Ant’s Cache next to soccer fields open area, not too many hiding spots satellite view hints to location 06550557/ /18 dysonofrobert m/photos/ran ickr.co http://fl
  12. 12. Sample Cache #3 McKaig’s Scenic Simion Located in a park adjacent to Roberts Elementary School (King of Prussia) *You can create a cache at your school without having it listed on Geocaching .org
  13. 13. Right in your backyard
  14. 14. Hiding a Cache “Official” or just for you/your students use? Container & Log Permission? Geocaching Label Urban vs. Forested Triple-Cache Container Set @ http://shop.groundspeak.com/
  15. 15. a FEW Educational Benefits Reading latitude and Cross-curricular longitude connections Map skills Math Using a compass Science Research Physical Literature
  16. 16. Creating a Geo-Lesson Resources Already Out There: Dr. Alice Christie's GPS and Geocaching Guide for Educators ( www.alicechristie.org ) EduCaching: A GPS-based Curriculum for Teachers ( www.educaching.org ) Londonderry School, Harrisburg ( www.thelondonderryschool.org ) GroundSpeak Forums - GPS in Education
  17. 17. Curriculum-themed Caches Hide several curriculum-related items Students categorize, reflect, compare, contrast Solve a puzzle Math equations
  18. 18. Theme Caches Create caches that explore numeracy. (User: Geometry) Participate in projects that help students 39°S 64°W collaborate with others around the world (Degree Confluence Project) http://www.confluence.org/confluence.php?visitid=15746
  19. 19. Theme Caches Create a cache that explores issues in environmental education. (The Evil Green Menace!) Create a cache that explores health issues. (Heart to Heart)
  20. 20. Cache In, Trash Out! A “selling point” when placing a cache in a local or state park CITO Events are held regularly Many Earth Day http://www.geocaching.com/CITO/ events (April 22)
  21. 21. Travel Bugs “Trackable” Item on Geocaching.com Visitors to a cache grab the Travel Bug and move it along to another cache Your travel bug is logged each time it’s grabbed and each time it’s placed in a new cache
  22. 22. Travel Bugs
  23. 23. Geocoins & other Trinkets Collectable and tradable items Geo-coin festival was in Pittsburgh this past year
  24. 24. Caching Kit
  25. 25. How do I get started? Build an account on www.geocaching.com Search by city, zip code, state, driving route, etc. (I usually search by zip code.) Record the latitude and longitude coordinates and read the hints!
  26. 26. Logging a cache
  27. 27. Mapping by Latitude & Longitude
  28. 28. What is geotagging? Geotagging, Data usually consists sometimes referred to of latitude and as Geocoding, is the longitude coordinates, process of adding though it can also geographical include altitude and identification place names. metadata to various media such as websites, RSS feeds, or images. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geotagging
  29. 29. Geotagging in Flickr
  30. 30. Google maps
  31. 31. Google Latitude
  32. 32. Other Resources Talk to other GeoCachers http://belardi.wikispaces.com/Geocaching Discovery Educator Network: Geocaching day March: Check DEN Blogs for more info http://keystones.wikispaces.com/geocaching
  33. 33. Wanna give it a try? Geocaching.com Demonstration
  34. 34. Wanna give it a try? Geocaching.com Demonstration Geocaching Seminars
  35. 35. Wanna give it a try? Geocaching.com Demonstration Geocaching Seminars June 19: MCIU
  36. 36. Wanna give it a try? Geocaching.com Demonstration Geocaching Seminars June 19: MCIU June 23: Lincoln IU
  37. 37. Wanna give it a try? Geocaching.com Demonstration Geocaching Seminars June 19: MCIU June 23: Lincoln IU July 7: IU 1
  38. 38. Wanna give it a try? Geocaching.com Demonstration Geocaching Seminars June 19: MCIU June 23: Lincoln IU July 7: IU 1 July 14: NW TriCounty IU 5
  39. 39. Wanna give it a try? Geocaching.com Demonstration Geocaching Seminars June 19: MCIU July 14: NEIU (19) June 23: Lincoln IU July 7: IU 1 July 14: NW TriCounty IU 5
  40. 40. Wanna give it a try? Geocaching.com Demonstration Geocaching Seminars June 19: MCIU July 14: NEIU (19) June 23: Lincoln IU July 15: Blast IU (17) July 7: IU 1 July 14: NW TriCounty IU 5
  41. 41. Wanna give it a try? Geocaching.com Demonstration Geocaching Seminars June 19: MCIU July 14: NEIU (19) June 23: Lincoln IU July 15: Blast IU (17) July 7: IU 1 July 17th: Allegheny IU July 14: NW TriCounty IU 5
  42. 42. Wanna give it a try? Geocaching.com Demonstration Geocaching Seminars June 19: MCIU July 14: NEIU (19) June 23: Lincoln IU July 15: Blast IU (17) July 7: IU 1 July 17th: Allegheny IU July 14: NW TriCounty July 21st Schuylkill IU IU 5
  43. 43. Grant Opportunities Trainings are a Keystone / PAECT Sponsored Event Free for Keystones Free for PAECT members http://paect.org $4,000 in GeoCaching Grant revealed at each training. PAgeocaching@gmail.com
  44. 44. Act 48 Session Number: KL17 Session Title: Where's Waldo? GeoTag! You're It. Act 48 Code: KL171679

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