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Dr. Alice Christie's Alhambra 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.


Practicing teachers will learn to use two emerging technologies - GPS receivers and geocaching - by locating data-rich geocaches hidden around the Alhambra School District Office. 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.




  • 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 GPS Units
  • 8:30 AM - Geocaching (Locating caches hidden on Alhambra District Office 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 - Reviewing Online Resources
  • 11:30 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 2: Worksheet for Recording and Discussing Geocache Contents