Getting Grounded in Geocaching
Great Ideas In and Out of the Classroom
Teaching Possibilities with GPS

    

     There can be an almost  limitless use of GPS both in every field of science and almost every other subject. 

 

Across the Curriculum

 

     "Using GPS and Geocaching in the core

curriculum has become a powerful tool

in enhancing student understanding of

geography, scientific inquiry, math concepts,

physical education, problem solving, and

language arts. Students in this picture are

mapping a local park. It was an easy 5

minute walk to the park. The teacher

planned out waypoints for the student to

log as part of a larger introduction to how

GPS units work."  WEB PAGE

 

[  Citation:  GPS Activities and Lesson Plans

(n.d.).  Retrieved from  https://www.evalamar.com/GPS/GPS-activities.htm  ]


     One of the very best applications for GPS is their interface with Google Earth and other mapping and GIS programs both on software and in the ’cloud’.  Students can sample and investigae sites, and then plot them on maps in the classroom.  In my classes, we went streamside with our conservation district biologist, testing water quality, and then sent those findings to a larger study based on the coordinates.  There is almost a limitless use of GPS in every field of both science and almost every other subject.  Thus the teaching possibilities are diverse.  The most popular GPS activity today, that includes many 21st Century teaching goals, is geocaching.

 

 

Standards Allignment

 

     A list of web sites is on the final tab of this webpage.  Below are alignment standards with the national technology standards, which are roughly equivalent to most state standards.  GPS technology aligns with other standards as well, depending on the subject and objectives.

 


9-12.A.1. Identify questions and concepts that guide scientific investigations.
9-12.A.2. Design and conduct scientific investigations.
9-12.A.3. Use technology and mathematics to improve investigations and communications.
9-12.A.4. Formulate and revise scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence.
9-12.A.5. Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and models.
9-12.A.7. Understandings about scientific inquiry.
Standard E - Science and Technology
9-12.E.1. Identify a problem or design an opportunity.
9-12.E.2. Propose designs and choose between alternative solutions.
9-12.E.3. Implement a proposed solution.
9-12.E.4. Evaluate the solution and its consequences.
9-12.E.5. Communicate the problem, process, and solution.
9-12.E.6. Understandings about science and technology.
Standard F - Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
9-12.F.6. Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges.