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Dr. Alice Christie's ISTE 2010 EduCaching Workshop

Using GPS and EduCaching to Engage and Empower K-12 Learners

Dr. Alice Christie with GPS

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 geocaches hidden near the NECC 2007 Conference. 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-8 classrooms. Dr. Christie's Research on EduCaching.





Agenda Items
12:30 PM Workshop Overview and Goals
12:40 PM GPS/Geocaching Podcast
12:45 PM Forming Teams and Explaining Roles
12:50 PM Exploring GPS Units: Magellan | Garmin
1:00 PM Geocaching (Locating virtual caches in downtown Denver)
1:45 PM Discussing/Webbing the GPS Exploration and Geocaching Experience
2:00 PM Exploring the Geocache Contents
2:15 PM Graphing the Geocache Contents
2:45 PM Steps in Creating EduCaching Activities
3:00 PM Reviewing Online Resources
3:15 PM Applying New Skills to Individual Professional Responsibilities
3:20 PM Conclusions and Invitation for Sharing
3:35 PM Workshop Evaluation
3:30 PM 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 2: Worksheet for Recording and Discussing Geocache Contents



Resources for EduCaching Lessons