Tech News! Geocaching and Your Cell Phone
While spring is just around the corner, now is the time to plan your first geocaching event or field trip. There is no better example of integrating technology in the classroom than by geocaching. One activity in geocaching immerses students in geography, science, and mathematics, while developing critical thinking skills, team building, and collaboration. By definition geocaching is a treasure hunt to discover an item or location by using a global position system (GPS). Previously, in classrooms, teachers used handheld GPS devices for their projects, often costing the district $100 per unit. However, today, a GPS application is readily available on most cell phones, FREE or for a nominal charge. Latitude 47 is one of many teachers’ blogs sharing geocaching activities. Richard Byrne, in his Free Technology for Teachers blog, provides an overview of geocaching and the intrinsic benefits for students beyond the academic value. Teachers have the option of participating in geocaches in the surrounding area or to create their own. Here’s a quick link to The Official Global GPS Geocaching website and to an article Getting Started. Consider a practice geocaching event in the school or on the school campus, after the holidays, to jump-start students in their studies and practice the geocaching skills for the spring treasure hunt adventure.