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Dr. Alice Christie's GESD EduCaching Workshop for Science Teachers


Dr. Alice Christie

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.


Practicing teachers will learn to use two emerging technologies - GPS receivers and geocaching - by locating data-rich EduCaches hidden around the Glendale Elementary School District Office and the Landmark Middle School. 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 EduCaching in 6-8 science classrooms.






8:00 AM Workshop Overview and Goals
8:10 AM GPS/Geocaching Podcast
8:15 AM Forming Teams and Explaining Roles
8:20 AM Exploring Garmin eTrex H GPS Units
8:40 AM Geocaching (Locating caches hidden on Glendale Elementary School District Office and the Landmark Middle School grounds)
9:15 AM Discussing the Geocache Contents
9:30 AM Creating an Inspiration™ Web: Constructivism
10:00 AM Discussing/Webbing the GPS Exploration and Geocaching Experience
10:30 AM Using GPS Receivers to Hide and Find Geocaches
11:15 AM Exploring Geocaching Lessons/Steps in Creating Lessons
11:25 Organizing Placement of EduCaches (PDF)
11:30 AM Reviewing Online Resources
11:45 AM Applying New Skills to Individual Professional Responsibilities
11:55 AM Conclusions and Instructions for Sharing
12 Noon Workshop Concludes





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 in PDF Format

Handout 2: Maps of Glendale Elementary School District Office and Landmark Middle School Areas
Handout 3: Placement of EduCaches
Handout 4: Worksheet for Recording and Discussing Geocache Contents
Handout 5: Cache Contents