Wednesday, September 18 • 9:00am - 11:15am
Using GPS and EduCaching to Engage and Empower K-12 Learners

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This session will introduce participants to EduCaching, an exciting instructional strategy that transforms classrooms from teacher-centered environments to exciting, exploratory, and empowering learner-centered environments.

The session instructor will provide both GPS devices and data-rich caches to help participants learn about both the devices and the instructional strategy of EduCaching. Participants will learn how EduCaching instills in students a curiosity about geography, science, mathematics, language arts, and the world around them.

GPS devices are one of the many mobile devices available to digital-age learners. They are multidisciplinary, inquiry-driven, field-based, standards-based tools useful across K-12 and university curricula.

After a brief classroom introduction, participants will venture outside of the conference center and use the GPS devices to locate data-rich educaches hidden within the conference center property. After locating each of these educaches, participants will return to the classroom to examine the caches, make inferences about the contents of the caches, and then discuss how EduCaching can be used in their K-12 classrooms.

This session will use 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.

This session is also supported by an extensive website that provides a matrix of lessons across all curricular areas and grade levels. Participants will have time to browse this site during the session and can explore it in depth after the Mobile Learning Experience 2013. 

Wednesday September 18, 2013 9:00am - 11:15am