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Dr. Alice Christie's Discover Your Technology Destination

Workshop Overview


This workshop will use a learn-by-doing, constructivist approach so that participants are actively engaged, challenged to learn and integrate new concepts, working collaboratively with other participants, learning from their mistakes, and applying their new understandings and skills to their own teaching/learning situations.



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Practicing teachers will learn to use two emerging technologies - GPS receivers and geocaching - by locating data-rich geocaches in historic Montgomery, AL. . Through modeling and discussion provided by the workshop, they will be able to design and implement effective learning environments that increase students' communication and problem solving skills through the utilization to GPS receivers and geocaching.


Teachers will also learn about digital data and online resources that support the use of GPS receivers and geocaching in K-12 classrooms.






July 22
Agenda Items
8:30 AM Workshop Overview and Goals
8:40 AM GPS/Geocaching Podcast
8:45 AM Exploring GPS Units: Magellan Explorist 500
9:00 AM Programming the GPS Units (Caches 1-3): Alabama Caches
9:15 AM Getting to Know You
Forming Teams and Explaining Roles
9:30 AM Geocaching: Part 1
Locating virtual caches near Embassy Suites, Montgomery, AL
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Discussing/Webbing the GPS Exploration and Geocaching Experience
10:45 AM Geocaching: Part 2
Creating virtual caches near Embassy Suites, Montgomery, AL
11:15 AM Discussing/Webbing the Geocache Creation Experience
11:30 AM Group Pictures ot the Train Station
12 Noon Lunch
12: 45 PM Discussing/Webbing the Geocache Contents
1:30 PM Gathering Water, Hats and Sunscreen
1:40 PM Exploring Historic Montgomery Through Virtual Caches
Travel by Lightning Trolley on Green and Gold Routes
3:30 PM Using GPS Units and Geocaching in Your Schools
4:00 PM

On Your Own


Wednesday, July 23 Agenda Items

8:30 AM Reviewing Online Resources
9:15 AM Setting Up Geocaching Projects for your Schools
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Introduction to
10:30 AM Using GPS Receivers to Mark Home Coordinates
10:45 AM Conclusions and Invitation for Sharing
11:00 AM





Handout 1: Roles and Responsibilities
Role Responsibility
Recorder Records search process and discussion
Reporter Reports on search process and discussion
Monitor Monitors times and turns with GPS Units
Facilitator/Photographer Guides group as needed
Takes pictures of group geocaching & discussing


Handout 2: Worksheet for Recording and Discussing Geocache Contents