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Dr. Alice Christie's Learning Forever at ASU Workshop

Explore, Engage, Empower: Using GPS Receivers, Geocaching, and Google Maps
in K-12 Classrooms
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 three emerging technologies - GPS receivers, geocaching, Google Earth, and GoogleMaps - by locating and photographing data-rich virtual caches in the downtown Phoenix area. 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, geocaching, Web 2.0 tools.


Teachers will also learn about digital data and online resources that support the use of GPS receivers, geocaching, and using Google Earth and GoogleMapsin K - 12 classrooms.




9:00 AM Workshop Overview and Goals
9:10 AM GPS/Geocaching Podcast
9:15 AM EduCaching: Definition and Examples
9:45 AM Exploring GPS Units: Magellan Explorist 300 | Garmin 60C
10:00 AM Forming Teams and Explaining Roles
10:10 AM EduCaching (Locating and photographing data-rich virtual caches in the downtown Phoenix area)
11:00 AM Discussing/Webbing the GPS Exploration and Geocaching Experience
11:15 AM Importing pictures to a central computer
Using the Internet to locate information about historical sites
12 Noon Lunch break AND photographing additional historical sites in the downtown Phoenix area
1 PM Importing pictures to a central computer
Creating a collaborative and interactive map incorporating photos and facts of historical sites in the downtown Phoenix area. See example of public art sites in Maricopa County.
2:30 PM Exploring Geocaching Lessons/Steps in Creating Lessons
3:00 PM Reviewing Online Resources
Applying New Skills to Individual Professional Responsibilities
3:20 PM Conclusions, Instructions for Sharing , and 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 in PDF Format

Handout 2: Maps of Downtown Phoenix Area/ASU Downtown
  • Map 1: Setting the Scene
  • Close Us: Map 2 | Map 3 | Map 4
  • Interactive Map of Workshop EduCaches We will build this during the workshop!
Handout 3: Placement of EduCaches
Handout 4: Worksheet for Recording and Discussing Geocache Contents