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GPS and Geocaching in Education
     

GPS and Geocaching in Education

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by Burt Lo
 
Geocaching has been called 21st-century orienteering and the world's largest treasure hunt. But is it also a learning activity that inspires creativity and real-world problem solving? Hiding, locating, and finding geocaches is incredibly popular, but it's not just a weekend pastime-it can also be an educational opportunity for students of all ages. Collecting weather

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Geocaching has been called 21st-century orienteering and the world's largest treasure hunt. But is it also a learning activity that inspires creativity and real-world problem solving? Hiding, locating, and finding geocaches is incredibly popular, but it's not just a weekend pastime-it can also be an educational opportunity for students of all ages. Collecting weather data, creating maps of indigenous and invasive plant species, discovering new people and places, and reviewing historical events are just a few fun ways to turn geocaching into an engaging, relevant learning experience. Geocaching can help students explore any subject, from literature units to computer programming.

In the introduction to GPS and geocaching in Part One, you will learn where to find geocaches, how they are placed, what to do when you locate one, what GPS tools you'll need to use, and more. After you are comfortable with the ins and outs of geocaching, Part Two shows you how to bring this dynamic activity into your classroom by developing lesson plans and integrating geocaching into your curriculum. Read how to incorporate Google Earth, podcasting, and other technology into your classroom. Review nine classroom-tested lesson plans. Engage in an activity for professional development. This book will inspire you and your students to embark on the adventure of geocaching.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564844248
Publisher:
International Society for Technology in Education
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
164
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Burt Lo is a technology professional development coordinator with the California Technology Assistance Project. He earned a master's of education degree in Information Technology and is a Google Certified Teacher. His instructional experience includes teaching middle school in California and teaching all ages in Taiwan. He has presented at state and national educational technology conferences to assist K-12 teachers with integrating video editing, podcasting, and Google Tools into their classrooms.

After becoming a geocaching fan and hobbyist, Burt began to use geocaching as an engaging teaching and learning activity in the classroom. This exploration has included investigating geocaching as part of the curriculum for a sixth grade outdoor education week in California and introducing geocaching to teachers and administrators during conference workshops.

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