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Dr. Alice Christie's AZ 2008-09 Technology Conference

Northern AZ - November 8, 2008

Southern AZ - January 31, 2009


Dr. Alice A. 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 geocaches hidden around the NAU campus. 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.




10 minutes Workshop Overview and Goals
5 minutes GPS/Geocaching Podcast
15 minutes Exploring GPS Units: Magellan | Garmin
15 minutes Exploring a Google Map

5 minutes Forming Teams and Explaining Roles
30 minutes Geocaching (Locating virtual caches on the NAU campus)
15 minutes Discussing/Webbing the GPS Exploration and Geocaching Experience
10 minutes Exploring Geocaching Lessons/Steps in Creating Lessons
10 minutes Reviewing Online Resources
5 minutes Brainstorming: Application of GPS and Geocaching in K-12 Classrooms
5 minutes Conclusions and Contact Information





Handout 1: Virtual Caches
Handout 2: 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 3: Worksheet for Recording and Discussing Geocache Contents