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  • “We will take a short quiz to determine our knowledge of the GPS System.Number your paper 1-5.Write down the letter of the correct answer.” After the pretest go over the answers quickly.
  • Educaching takes the concept of geocaching into the curriculum.Teacher-led, student-driven hunts using GPS technology, maps, and other navigational toolsStudents work in teams to find educational caches.
  • Turning an everyday lesson into a techno treasure hunt adds critical thinking, teamwork, and physical activity. Cache= a hiding place that temporarily stores items.Educache= an item or container hidden for students to find that directly applies to their learning.Waypoint= a marked location that is stored in the memory of your GPS receiver.Travel Bug= trackable item followed on Geocaching.comMuggle= a non-geocacher
  • CLASSROOM USAGEFinding exact locations-monitoring projects, such as GLOBE, Forest Watch, etcMeasure speedsEstimating and Measuring distanceSatellite technology J-tracking websiteOrienteering ,TriangulationTechnology in SocietyEnrichmentCONTENTSome Obvious OutcomeLongitude & latitudeDistance estimationMap skillsOrienteeringmeasuringBenefits to StudentsIncreases understanding of mapping systems, direction, distance and locationsLEARNING AND INNOVATION SKILLSThrill of the huntExploratory and integrativeTeamwork, problem solving, decision making, critical thinkingPromotes spatial awarenessProvides visualizations to solve problemsStudents get a better idea of local area and global connectionsPromotes active, hands-on student participationEngages students in real-world tasksFosters collaboration and cooperationEncourages problem solving and decision makingBenefits to TeachersAllows the creation of a student-centered learning environmentTeaching takes place in an authentic, real-world wayEngages the multiple intelligences- Whether your students like sketching and puzzles- building, speaking and writing, problem solving, using their hands to create or build, rhythms and motion, or working with others, geocaching can work in your classroom.Embed leaning in a collaborative, social environmentEasily integrated across the curriculum
  • 10 Apples Up On Top!-Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSiegDr. Seuss’ Birthday CelebrationMedia/PE IntegrationThe teacher created stations based on the events from the book.Teacher found coordinates outside for each station and created cards.Students used GPS devices to go to preset stations where they performed the tasks.This activity was completed with older Elementary students but could also be used with the team concept of an older and younger student working together.
  • History MysteriesUsing Primary Source InformationAll of these presidents were assassinated: Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, James Garfield and William McKinley. Media/HistoryTeacher recorded coordinates outside for multiple stations.Teacher created cards for groups of students.Students used GPS devices to go to preset coordinates where they found picture cards or newspaper articles of some event in history.Students gathered all of the items and then tried to discover what the items had in common.
  • GIS MappingMiddle School. Have students explore the 19 annotated placemarks mentioned in Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80
  • Student Created
  • GPS and GIS: Teacher or StudentShe uses geocaching with her students to teach them geography, but it also lends itself to biology lessons as the students learn about flowers, seeds and trees along the trail.
  • Collaborativee-Bird with Cornell University eBird, a project developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, provides a simple way for you to keep track of the birds you see anywhere in North America. You can retrieve information on your bird observations, from your backyard to your neighborhood to your favorite bird-watching locations, at any time for your personal use
  • Collaborative Confluence Project- taking pictures where every major parallel line and line of longitude cross.
  • GIS:Umapper;make a wiki map which all of your class can contribute to without having to log inDocument MicroclimatesGeometric patterns on a map
  • GIS: Add audio annotations to Google Earth place marksVocaroo is a brilliantly simple application for adding audio to Google Earth placemarks. No registration is required - just record your voice and then click 'post on the internet' to find the embed code to paste into the placemark description.
  • GPS Connections

    1. 1. Integrating Geospatial Technologies into Learning<br />presented by Linda Nitsche and Erin VanGuilder<br />Presentation site:<br />
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    3. 3. basics<br />integration<br />collaboration<br />l<br />
    4. 4. basics<br />
    5. 5. 1. In which direction do latitude lines run on the globe?<br />A. East/West<br />B. North/South<br />
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    7. 7. 2. In which direction do longitude lines run on a globe?<br />A. East/West<br />B. North/South<br />
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    9. 9. 3. What does GPS mean?<br />A. Globe Pole System<br />B. Global Positioning System<br />C. Ground Placement System<br />
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    11. 11. 4. Who uses GPS?<br />A. U.S. Army<br />B. Football Coaches<br />C. Scientists<br />D. All of the above<br />
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    13. 13. 5. Where does a GPS find its information?<br />A. The Internet<br />B. Washington D.C.<br />C. Satellites<br />D. All of the above<br />
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    15. 15. educaching<br />
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    17. 17. how to<br />
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    19. 19. main page basics<br />
    20. 20. puzzle practice<br />
    21. 21. easy GPS<br />
    22. 22. integration<br />
    23. 23. 21st century skills<br />
    24. 24. geometry<br />
    25. 25. shapes<br />
    26. 26. dr. seuss<br />
    27. 27. history mysteries<br /><br />
    28. 28. Days”<br />historical <br />fiction<br />
    29. 29. reading adventures<br />
    30. 30. mysteries<br />
    31. 31. math problem solving<br />
    32. 32. botany<br />
    33. 33. nature trail<br />
    34. 34. .<br />e-bird<br />
    35. 35. 40 degrees N<br />76 degrees W<br /> <br />
    36. 36. www.umapper.comCollaborative Mapping using Longitude and Latitude<br />14<br />
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    38. 38. collaboration<br />
    39. 39. collaboration<br />Group Yourself by Level<br />Find a Partner<br />View Webslides Links <br />Record Ideas on Google Doc<br />
    40. 40. Q & AIntegrating Geospatial Technologies into Core Curriculum<br />presented by Linda Nitsche and Erin VanGuilder<br />Presentation site:<br />
    41. 41. ACT 48 Code<br />