Do you want to learn about geocaching? Or how to geocache with your mobile device? Or how to incorporate geocaching into your K-12 classroom? Or, do you just want to break up a day of sitting in conference rooms to get outside for some fresh air and exercise? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this session is for you.
After a brief classroom introduction, participants will venture outside of the conference center and use their GPS-enabled mobile devices to locate geocaches hidden near the conference resort. After hopefully locating several geocaches, the session will conclude with a brainstorming session on how GPS-enabled mobile devices can be integrated into K-12 classrooms.
Before the session, download the free app from Geocaching.com entitled Geocaching Intro. It’s available for three devices:
Windows 7 Phone (http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/geocaching-live/33e84192-f9f3-425a-840d-dd2907808b33)
OR download any other app that activates the GPS feature of your mobile device.
The session instructor uses the $9.99 version of Geocaching by Geocaching.com, but she suggests that everyone use the free app, Geocaching Intro, first – and download the full version later if they get hooked!
Participants will learn about the origins of geocaching, how to use the Geocaching Intro app and all the features of that app, how to use the web resource: geocaching.com, as well as guidelines for geocaching, and guidelines for finding and hiding caches.
This session will employ a learn-by-doing, constructivist approach to ensure 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. As such, the session will model one approach to using GPS-enabled devices in K-12 classrooms.
Tuesday September 17, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am