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Dr. Alice Christie's AETA 2007 Geocaching Workshop

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.


Dr. ALice Christie

Practicing teachers will learn to use two emerging technologies - GPS receivers and geocaching - by locating data-rich geocaches hidden near the AETA 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-12 classrooms.




Agenda: Monday or Tuesday - Break Out Sessions I and II


Morning Workshop Agenda Items
9:45 AM Workshop Overview, Goals, and Standards
9:50 AM GPS/Geocaching Podcast
10:00 AM Forming Teams and Explaining Roles
10:10 AM Exploring GPS Units: Magellan | Garmin
10:20 AM Geocaching (Locating caches near Perdido Beach Resort)
10:45 AM Break/Waypoints: Refreshment Area and Vendor Area with Geocaching Group
11:00 AM Discussing/Webbing the Geocache Contents
11:15 AM Discussing/Webbing the GPS Exploration and Geocaching Experience
11:30 AM Reviewing Online Resources
11:45 AM Applying New Skills to Individual Professional Responsibilities
11:55 AM Conclusions and Invitation 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 2: Worksheet for Recording and Discussing Geocache Contents