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Dr. Alice Christie's NECC 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 with GPS


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.





Morning Workshop Evening Workshop Agenda Items
8:30 AM 4:30 PM Workshop Overview and Goals
8:40 AM 4:40 PM GPS/Geocaching Podcast
8:45 AM 4:45 PM Forming Teams and Explaining Roles
8:50 AM 4:50 PM Exploring GPS Units: Magellan | Garmin
9:00 AM 5:00 PM Geocaching (Locating virtual caches in Centennial Olympic Park)
9:45 AM 5:45 PM Discussing/Webbing the GPS Exploration and Geocaching Experience
10:00 AM 6:00 PM Discussing/Webbing the Geocache Contents
10:30 AM 6:30 PM Reviewing Online Resources
10:45 AM 6:45 PM Introduction to GoogleEarth | Using GE in Education
11:00 AM 7:00 PM Using GPS Receivers to Mark Home Coordinates
11:15 AM 7:15 PM Applying New Skills to Individual Professional Responsibilities
11:25 AM 7:25 PM Conclusions and Invitation for Sharing
11:30 AM 7:30 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