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Educaching<br />Enhancing Math and Science using<br />GPS Technology<br />By TripCyclone<br />For Educational Use. Please ...
What is Educaching?<br />Educaching combines the scavenger hunt elements of Geocaching, GPS technology, and the subject ma...
Value for Students<br />Besides being another approach to learning, students can develop skills in<br />Critical Thinking<...
Value for Teachers<br />Any subject matter can be taught or enhanced through Educaching.<br />Designed to integrate within...
How does GPS work?<br />GPS stands for Global Positioning System.<br />The current system involves three components:<br />...
How does GPS work (cont)?<br />Ground Component<br />Helps ensure satellites have accurate time and orbital information.<b...
How is GPS used?<br />Beyond Auto-Navigation, GPS is used by:<br />Military<br />Surveyors<br />Scientists<br />Park Range...
What is Geocaching?<br />Geocaching is an outdoor scavenger hunt using GPS.<br />Played by millions around the world.<br />
Geocaches around Tan-Tar-A<br />
Incorporating Education<br />Before developing lessons to teach your subject matter, lessons about using GPS are needed.<b...
Teaching your Subject Matter<br />When developing lessons, identify three things:<br />What concept do you want to teach?<...
Math Example<br />Concept to teach<br />Perimeter and Area<br />Applying the concept<br />Measuring the area of a parking ...
Other Math Topics<br />Indirect Measurements<br />Conversion rates<br />Statistics<br />Angles<br />Slope<br />
Science Example<br />Concept to teach<br /> Classification<br />Applying the concept<br />Identifying trees<br />Turning i...
Other Science Examples<br />Astronomy<br />Plant Growth<br />Population Studies<br />Geology<br />Weather<br />
Review Game Example<br />Concept to teach<br />Variable<br />Applying the concept<br />Reviewing previously taught materia...
Break-out Session<br />Time to see what ideas might already be swimming in your head.<br />Partner up with two other peopl...
Needed Supplies<br />GPS Receivers (GPSr)<br />Rechargeable batteries & charger<br />
Optional Supplies<br />GPS Database Software (EasyGPS)<br />Surveyor Marking Flags<br />Sealable containers (size varies d...
Limitations of Educaching<br />Cost<br />Basic Garmin eTrex= $70-80 per unit<br />Rechargeable Batteries<br />Depends on #...
Limitations cont.<br />Time<br />Setting up a lesson requires you to have already figured out where you want students to g...
Limitations cont.<br />Space<br />The amount of space and type of landscape your school has can be another limiting factor...
Getting $$$$<br />With the greatest limitation being costs, how can you get money?<br />Grants<br />Corporate Grant<br />S...
Additional Resources<br />http://www.educaching.com<br />Has developed a curriculum using GPS.  They sell starter kits tha...
Additional Resources<br />GIS Education<br />GIS, or Geographic Information System, is commonly used by a variety of profe...
Example of GIS use in Missouri<br />
Additional Resources<br />Earthcaching is a unique type of geocache that centers around Earth Science, without a need for ...
Outdoor Activity<br />Time to see this in action.<br />Outcomes<br />Learn how to handle a GPSr<br />Experience two Mini-L...
GPS Receiver<br />Navigating the Screens<br />Menu<br />Compass<br />Satellites<br />Marking and Finding Waypoints<br />
Activities<br />Accuracy Lab<br />Impacts of Accuracy on GPS Signal<br />Working with lower accuracy<br />Review Game<br /...
Away We Go<br />
Consider This<br />Locations<br />Consider where you hide a container.<br />Containers<br />Consider what you use for a co...
Review<br />Trouble Shooting<br />Applications and Connections<br />Q & A<br />
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  1. 1. Educaching<br />Enhancing Math and Science using<br />GPS Technology<br />By TripCyclone<br />For Educational Use. Please do not reuse without permission.<br />
  2. 2. What is Educaching?<br />Educaching combines the scavenger hunt elements of Geocaching, GPS technology, and the subject matter of your class into an interactive, outdoor learning opportunity.<br />
  3. 3. Value for Students<br />Besides being another approach to learning, students can develop skills in<br />Critical Thinking<br />Navigation<br />Teamwork<br />An understanding of how to use GPS is also useful as students become drivers.<br />
  4. 4. Value for Teachers<br />Any subject matter can be taught or enhanced through Educaching.<br />Designed to integrate within your curriculum, not replace.<br />Can easily link lessons to State and National standards. <br />Provides another source of active learning for students.<br />
  5. 5. How does GPS work?<br />GPS stands for Global Positioning System.<br />The current system involves three components:<br />Ground Component<br />Space Component<br />User Component<br />
  6. 6. How does GPS work (cont)?<br />Ground Component<br />Helps ensure satellites have accurate time and orbital information.<br />Space Component<br />A “constellation” of 30 satellites, with several reserves, each continually sending out a signal as they orbit Earth.<br />User Component<br />Each receiver (GPSr) reads the signal from space. Requires signal from four satellites to determine location.<br />
  7. 7. How is GPS used?<br />Beyond Auto-Navigation, GPS is used by:<br />Military<br />Surveyors<br />Scientists<br />Park Rangers<br />Emergency Services<br />Airline Industry<br />
  8. 8. What is Geocaching?<br />Geocaching is an outdoor scavenger hunt using GPS.<br />Played by millions around the world.<br />
  9. 9. Geocaches around Tan-Tar-A<br />
  10. 10. Incorporating Education<br />Before developing lessons to teach your subject matter, lessons about using GPS are needed.<br />Introduce GPS, how it works, and how to use a GPSr.<br />Take students outside. Learn how to mark and find a waypoint.<br />Take students outside. Learn how to use the GPSr compass and paying attention to your surroundings.<br />Take students outside. Learn about accuracy.<br />
  11. 11. Teaching your Subject Matter<br />When developing lessons, identify three things:<br />What concept do you want to teach?<br />How can you apply that concept out in the world?<br />How can that concept application be an active lesson?<br />
  12. 12. Math Example<br />Concept to teach<br />Perimeter and Area<br />Applying the concept<br />Measuring the area of a parking lot<br />Turning into active lesson<br />Have students use GPS to mark waypoints around a parking lot. Students then use the distances between waypoints to determine perimeter and area.<br />
  13. 13. Other Math Topics<br />Indirect Measurements<br />Conversion rates<br />Statistics<br />Angles<br />Slope<br />
  14. 14. Science Example<br />Concept to teach<br /> Classification<br />Applying the concept<br />Identifying trees<br />Turning into active lesson<br />Prior to class, you mark waypoints next to different trees. Students then use GPS to navigate to one of the trees. Students use a tree identification guide to identify the type of tree they found.<br />
  15. 15. Other Science Examples<br />Astronomy<br />Plant Growth<br />Population Studies<br />Geology<br />Weather<br />
  16. 16. Review Game Example<br />Concept to teach<br />Variable<br />Applying the concept<br />Reviewing previously taught material<br />Turning into active lesson<br />Prior to class, you hide containers that contain review questions, & create waypoints for each. Students then have to navigate to, find, and answer the questions to as many containers as possible within one class period.<br />
  17. 17. Break-out Session<br />Time to see what ideas might already be swimming in your head.<br />Partner up with two other people, and try to develop a lesson using GPS.<br />Remember:<br />What concept do you want to teach?<br />How can you apply that concept outside the classroom?<br />How can that concept application be an active lesson?<br />
  18. 18. Needed Supplies<br />GPS Receivers (GPSr)<br />Rechargeable batteries & charger<br />
  19. 19. Optional Supplies<br />GPS Database Software (EasyGPS)<br />Surveyor Marking Flags<br />Sealable containers (size varies depending on needs)<br />Lock &Lock tupperware<br />2-Liter Pre-forms<br />Ammunition Cans<br />
  20. 20. Limitations of Educaching<br />Cost<br />Basic Garmin eTrex= $70-80 per unit<br />Rechargeable Batteries<br />Depends on # of GPSr’s<br />One charger & 4 batteries set ≈ $20<br />Additional Batteries<br />4-pack ≈ $15<br />8-pack ≈ $25<br />This only covers needed materials.<br />
  21. 21. Limitations cont.<br />Time<br />Setting up a lesson requires you to have already figured out where you want students to go.<br />You can either enter waypoints into each GPSr on your own, or hire…ask for student volunteers.<br />If lessons involve additional supplies, clean-up time will be needed.<br />Don’t forget to charge batteries.<br />
  22. 22. Limitations cont.<br />Space<br />The amount of space and type of landscape your school has can be another limiting factor. <br />Since you are outdoors, weather is an obvious factor to consider.<br />Schools that have developed an outdoor classroom have an advantage.<br />
  23. 23. Getting $$$$<br />With the greatest limitation being costs, how can you get money?<br />Grants<br />Corporate Grant<br />School Foundation Grant<br />Fundraisers<br />Online Donations<br />DonorsChoose.org<br />
  24. 24. Additional Resources<br />http://www.educaching.com<br />Has developed a curriculum using GPS. They sell starter kits that include GPS units.<br />http://www.geocaching.com/<br />Biggest Geocaching database. Free to join and use, with additional benefits to paying users.<br />They have an entire forum section for using GPS in Education.<br />
  25. 25. Additional Resources<br />GIS Education<br />GIS, or Geographic Information System, is commonly used by a variety of professionals needing accurate geographic information.<br />Can be a resource for more advanced GPS related lessons.<br />GIS 2 GPS<br />A resource site for Educators using GPS<br />
  26. 26. Example of GIS use in Missouri<br />
  27. 27. Additional Resources<br />Earthcaching is a unique type of geocache that centers around Earth Science, without a need for hidden containers. It is sponsored by the Geological Society of America, the National Park Service, and other organizations.<br />They have a free, 87 page Educator’s Guide online.<br />
  28. 28. Outdoor Activity<br />Time to see this in action.<br />Outcomes<br />Learn how to handle a GPSr<br />Experience two Mini-Lessons<br />
  29. 29. GPS Receiver<br />Navigating the Screens<br />Menu<br />Compass<br />Satellites<br />Marking and Finding Waypoints<br />
  30. 30. Activities<br />Accuracy Lab<br />Impacts of Accuracy on GPS Signal<br />Working with lower accuracy<br />Review Game<br />Finding Containers<br />Q & A<br />Practice using a Receiver<br />
  31. 31. Away We Go<br />
  32. 32. Consider This<br />Locations<br />Consider where you hide a container.<br />Containers<br />Consider what you use for a container.<br />Common Sense<br />Some students will try to follow the GPSr’s arrow religiously, to the point of ignoring their surroundings.<br />
  33. 33. Review<br />Trouble Shooting<br />Applications and Connections<br />Q & A<br />

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