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NECC 2008 Poster Presentation

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  1. 1. Get Up and Get Out With Geocaching Using the Technology to Learn Social Studies
  2. 2. What is Geocaching? <ul><li>It’s an outdoor electronic scavenger hunt! </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals use a GPS (global position system) unit to find a cache (hidden treasure) using longitude and latitude coordinates. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is GPS and How Does It Work? <ul><li>It is a satellite-based system used to locate positions anywhere on the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>A GPS receiver on the ground tracks radio signals from many satellites which are orbiting the earth. </li></ul>
  4. 5. The Equipment
  5. 6. Reasons to Use Geocaching <ul><li>It’s fun. </li></ul><ul><li>It gets students out of the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches location (longitude and latitude). </li></ul><ul><li>Learn new or review material. </li></ul><ul><li>Its high tech. </li></ul><ul><li>It enlightens and empowers students. </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes cooperative learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes community connections and the potential use of primary sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes interdisciplinary and collaborative learning. </li></ul><ul><li>It brings creativity to the classroom. </li></ul>
  6. 7. CSI Bryant <ul><li>A cross-curriculum unit in which the strategic sharing of ideas and information took place. Involved were more than 300 students in the English, social studies, math, science and Spanish departments. </li></ul><ul><li>The project centered around finding the murderer of two Indian guides for the Furlorn Hope group of the Donner Party. </li></ul><ul><li>Many forms of technology were used, such as GPS units, Wiki pages, digital photography, and numerous science systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Students investigated the clues and prepared a dossier of all the evidence collected, analyzed, and reported. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Tuscaloosa News Staff Photo | Dusty Compton
  8. 9. The Worksheets (Tools) (Examples) <ul><li>Clue to leg one: Stop, but do not enter (33º 09.538N; 87º 27.175W) </li></ul><ul><li>Question 1: What were the two pressures leading to the war? </li></ul><ul><li>Clue to leg two: If this bricked up window had a view, it would know what time the buses came through. (33º 09.524N; 87º 27.176W) </li></ul><ul><li>Location: 33º09.475N 087º27.169W </li></ul><ul><li>Hint: The grass is green and iron can rust. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What was the Judiciary Act of 1789? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How many Supreme Court justices were established by the Judiciary Act of 1789? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What three departments were created by the first congress? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who were the secretaries for these three cabinets? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 10. The Test Results
  10. 11. Engaged Students
  11. 21. Taking It To The Outside… <ul><li>Just a sample from San Antonio </li></ul>
  12. 22. A Lesson to Remember <ul><li>“ Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Dr. Randy Pausch </li></ul><ul><li>Be the first penguin. </li></ul>
  13. 23. <ul><li>Lisa Matherson – Paul W. Bryant High School – [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Liza Wilson – The University of Alabama – [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Mayben – The University of Alabama/TIM – [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Vivian Wright – The University of Alabama – [email_address] </li></ul>
  14. 24. Thanks For Coming!