Global Positioning In The Classroom

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Published on February 3, 2009

Author: cwhite449

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An introduction to using GPS in the classroom

Created by: Charles White with inspiration and resources from NCDPI Division of Instructional Technology Global Positioning in the Classroom

AGENDA and Objectives What is a GPS? What is Geocaching? Why Use Geocaching in the classroom I’m Skeered…now what?

What is a GPS?

What is Geocaching?

Why Use Geocaching in the classroom

I’m Skeered…now what?

OBJECTIVES Understand GPS technology and its daily uses Understand the process of geocaching Expose participants to integrating GPS technology into the classroom environment for the purpose of impacting student learning.

Understand GPS technology and its daily uses

Understand the process of geocaching

Expose participants to integrating GPS technology into the classroom environment for the purpose of impacting student learning.

What is GPS? When people talk about "a GPS," they usually mean a GPS receiver . The Global Positioning System (GPS) is actually a constellation of 27 Earth-orbiting satellites (24 in operation and three extras in case one fails). Source: "How GPS Receivers Work.” How Stuff Works.

What is a GPS receiver? Global Positioning System Electronic device that can determine approximate location (within around 20-50 feet) Coordinates are usually given in Longitude and Latitude May include its own maps, built-in compass or voice navigation

Global Positioning System

Electronic device that can determine approximate location (within around 20-50 feet)

Coordinates are usually given in Longitude and Latitude

May include its own maps, built-in compass or voice navigation

How GPS Receivers Work Imagine you are completely lost. You have been driving for hours and end up in a small town. You find a pleasant gas station and ask, “Where am I?” He says, “You are 188 Miles from Richmond, VA.” Source: Adapted from, "How GPS Receivers Work.” How Stuff Works. ?

How GPS Receivers Work This is a nice, hard fact, but it is not particularly useful by itself. You could be anywhere on a circle around Richmond that has a radius of 188 miles, like this: Source: Adapted from, "How GPS Receivers Work.” How Stuff Works.

How GPS Receivers Work You ask somebody else where you are, and she says, "You are 315 miles from Charleston, SC." Now you're getting somewhere. If you combine this information with the Richmond information, you have two circles that intersect. You now know that you must be at one of these two intersection points, if you are 188 miles from Richmond, VA and 315 miles from Charleston, SC. Source: Adapted from, "How GPS Receivers Work.” How Stuff Works.

How GPS Receivers Work If a third person tells you that you are 157 miles from Greensboro, NC, you can eliminate one of the possibilities, because the third circle will only intersect with one of these points. You now know exactly where you are – Kinston, NC Kinston, NC

WHAT IS GEOCACHING?

WHAT IS GEOCACHING? GEO = meaning earth Source: http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/dictionaryhome.aspx CACHE = Defined as a “Secret place for hiding Things: a secret place where a store of things is kept hidden

Types of Geocaches This is the original cache type consisting, at a bare minimum, a container and a log book. Normally you'll find a tupperware container, ammo box, or bucket filled with goodies, or smaller container ("micro cache") too small to contain items except for a log book. The coordinates listed on the traditional cache page is the exact location for the cache. A multi-cache ("multiple") involves two or more locations, the final location being a physical container. There are many variations, but most multi-caches have a hint to find the second cache, and the second cache has hints to the third, and so on. A virtual cache is a cache that exists in a form of a location. Depending on the cache "hider," a virtual cache could be to answer a question about a location, an interesting spot, a task, etc. The reward for these caches is the location itself and sharing information about your visit. Source: http://www.geocaching.com/about/cache_types.aspx

Types of Geocaches Puzzle Cache: This form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a general reference point, such as a nearby parking location. A letterbox is another form of treasure hunting using clues instead of coordinates. In some cases, however, a letterbox has coordinates, and the owner has made it a letterbox and a geocache. Visit www.letterboxing.com An Earthcache is a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. Earthcaches include a set of educational notes and the details about where to find the location (latitude and longitude). Visitors to Earthcaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage the resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth. Source: http://www.geocaching.com/about/cache_types.aspx

Types of Geocaches These are caches that use existing web cameras placed by individuals or agencies that monitor various areas like parks or road conditions. The idea is to get yourself in front of the camera to log your visit. The challenging part, however, it that you need to call a friend to look up the web site that displays the camera shot. You will need to have them to save the picture to log the cache Locationless caches could be considered the opposite of a traditional cache. Instead of finding a hidden container, you are given a task to locate a specific object and log its coordinates. A scavenger hunt of sorts, it involves collecting waypoints of various objects around the world.

On the Hunt for Caches Searching for the hidden

Traditional Caches Caches can come in all different sizes

Small or Micro Caches

Virtual Caches and Multi-Stage Multi-stage caches will take you to 2 or more locations and may include many different types of containers

Virtual Caches and Earthcaches

Steps to Finding a Cache 1. Research 2. Prepare 3. The Hunt 4. The Find

Rules of the Cache Respect the Environment Respect Others Respect the cache Dress Appropriately Protect Yourself Dress Appropriately Respect Others Respect the cache Respect the Environment

Respect the Environment

Respect Others

Respect the cache

Dress Appropriately

Protect Yourself

Our School Rules Caches are NEVER placed in a parking lot or road Caches are NEVER placed anywhere dangerous or yucky Caches that are near the woods may be just inside the edge of the woods (no more than 3 feet in) Last cachers of the day, bring in the containers

Caches are NEVER placed in a parking lot or road

Caches are NEVER placed anywhere dangerous or yucky

Caches that are near the woods may be just inside the edge of the woods (no more than 3 feet in)

Last cachers of the day, bring in the containers

Exploring the GPS Receivers On/Off Backlight Zoom in Zoom Out Create POI (Point of Interest or Waypoint) Nav Button Escape Menu Joystick/Enter

Exploring the GPS Receivers The GPS Plotter Screen Your Current Location The cache The Scale Breadcrumb Trail

Other Screens Location Screen Tells current Location in Lat/Log, Accuracy, Elevation Compass Screen Shows compass as well as Sun and moon location, and direction to cache Satellite Screen Shows how many satellites are being tracked by the receiver

TIME TO HUNT

Entering in POIs POI: Point of Interests - a location designated by a set of coordinates and stored in a GPS receiver to be used later. Also called a waypoint Breadcrumb trail – A digital representation of the path you took as you are moving. It will be depicted in dashes - - - - Terminology:

POI: Point of Interests - a location designated by a set of coordinates and stored in a GPS receiver to be used later. Also called a waypoint

Breadcrumb trail – A digital representation of the path you took as you are moving. It will be depicted in dashes - - - -

Entering in a POI Press the “Mark Button” (Push pin icon) Use Joystick to move to the box called “name” Use joysticks to enter the name, select OK when you are finished. Use Joystick to move to the box called “Location”. Move Joystick Up/down to change numbers and left or right. Press Enter to go to the next line Select the Save button. See handout for additional steps or information

Press the “Mark Button” (Push pin icon)

Use Joystick to move to the box called “name”

Use joysticks to enter the name, select OK when you are finished.

Use Joystick to move to the box called “Location”.

Move Joystick Up/down to change numbers and left or right. Press Enter to go to the next line

Select the Save button.

CACHE #1 Name: Enter following waypoint Latitude: N Longitude: W Have your neighbor check your coordinates before you save

Name:

Enter following waypoint

Latitude: N

Longitude: W

CACHE #2 Name: Enter following waypoint Latitude: N Longitude: W Have your neighbor check your coordinates before you save

Name:

Enter following waypoint

Latitude: N

Longitude: W

CACHE #3 Name: Enter following waypoint Latitude: N Longitude: W Have your neighbor check your coordinates before you save

Name:

Enter following waypoint

Latitude: N

Longitude: W

NOW…..GO

WELCOME BACK

Why Use Geocaching in the Classroom? Engage digital natives Use 21st Century tools Promote multiple intelligences Integrate curriculum Excite learning

Engage digital natives

Use 21st Century tools

Promote multiple intelligences

Integrate curriculum

Excite learning

Engage digital natives “ Today’s students … have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age.” Prensky, M. 2001. Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants .

Use 21st Century tools There are many tasks in our daily lives and our society that can be solved by the use and development of technology. By using the GPS in education, we stress a connection between everyday learning and problem solving and the development of technology

Promote multiple intelligences WHERE DO YOUR STUDENTS FIT? Whether your students like sketching and puzzles-building, speaking and writing, problem solving, using their hands to create or build, rhythms and motion, or working with others, geocaching can work in your classroom http://www.ldpride.net/learningstyles.MI.htm#is Multiple Intelligence Visual/Spatial Verbal/Linguistic Logical/Mathematical Bodily/Kinesthetic Musical/Rhythmic Interpersonal

Integrate curriculum Use Geocaching to enhance the delivery of education, not replace the content.

Excite learning Your students will be excited and involved when caching. The experience will be new and rewarding for them.

I’m skeered….now what How to check out the GPS units Getting Support What am I responsible for?

How to check out the GPS units

Getting Support

What am I responsible for?

Parting Thought: Technology is offering an opportunity, not an end. Reducing the teacher fear-factor is a huge piece of the puzzle.* * Max Frisch

SOURCES Our Resource Page: www.lenoir.k12.nc.us/dept/technology/gps.htm www.geocaching.com NCDPI Division of Instructional Technology “History, Handhelds and Project-Based Learning: Using Geocaching to Understand Community” www.ncwiseowl.org/impact/ncgeocache/ www.howstuffworks.com Prensky, M. 2001. Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. On the Horizon 9 (5). http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf (accessed June 1, 2005). http://www.ldpride.net/learningstyles.MI.htm#is Multiple Intelligence

Our Resource Page: www.lenoir.k12.nc.us/dept/technology/gps.htm

www.geocaching.com

NCDPI Division of Instructional Technology “History, Handhelds and Project-Based Learning: Using Geocaching to Understand Community” www.ncwiseowl.org/impact/ncgeocache/

www.howstuffworks.com

Prensky, M. 2001. Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. On the Horizon 9 (5). http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf (accessed June 1, 2005).

http://www.ldpride.net/learningstyles.MI.htm#is Multiple Intelligence

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