Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Geocaching with iPhone

More Learning Fun
While checking out the geocaching website, I saw one of the thousands of apps for an iPhone - Geocaching with the iPhone- only $10! Even in this small town of about 2500 people, there are geocaches! Going out this morning to check out the one that is only .3 miles from my home and on the way to school. Ideas fly with using this technology for education. Of course it easily fits into 4th grade and up with the latitude and longitude, but can also work into so many other categories. Some of the amazing uses are introducing information, reviewing information, combining subjects--concrete examples:
  • one geocache for each of the 5 common verterbrates (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians) or add the 2 common inverterbrates for 7 geocaches, (insects and spiders)
  • one geocache for each of the basic soil types (sand, silt, clay)
  • one geocache for each of the 7 biomes (tundra, taiga, temperate forest, tropical rain forest, desert, grassland, ocean)
  • one geocache for a food chain list (from sun to plant to rabbit to fox - 2nd grade)
    And the list goes on.

    There are simple geocache handhelds on the website, too. Working in groups of 2-5, students can share the jobs and experience collaborative learning as they locate, define, process, and record information.
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