Getting Grounded in Geocaching
Great Ideas In and Out of the Classroom
GIS Technology and Some Good Links

 

GIS/GPS in Teaching

 

     Today Mapquest and Google Earth are household names and familiar with most students in our classes.  These both incorporate GPS technology with GIS software that can pull down layer after layer of the same map with new data, such as streams, roads and place names.  For two years my classes did stream studies for macro invertebrates and water chemistry, plotted the site with our GPS, and entered the data into our GIS software provided by an NSTA grant.  The project was hugely successful, as the applications are endless.  GIS/GPS technology connects our students with real world scenarios, and improves their performance in science, math, mapping, environmental and computer generated solutions to our local and global habitats.  Help is available for teachers interested with a simple web search.  Some possibilities include:

 

GIS for Education HERE

 

GIS Links for Teachers  HERE

 

FAQ for GIS (Good)  HERE

 

My World GIS Teacher Page: (The One I Use)  HERE

 

GIS Lesson Plan Resources  HERE


The Final Chapter? ... Not By A Long Shot!

 

     Joseph Kerski below, at an ESRI Workshop lays it out as well as anyone I’ve seen on the importance of spatial technology in a minute and a half.  The LINK with geocaching is this:   the children get excited about spatial and global technology, and find out that geocaching is just "THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG!"