My students need 2 hand held GPS Receivers in order to learn how to play Geocaching. I would like to take learning outside of the classroom and these GPSs would help.
I would love to get my students to enjoy the outdoors more and I think Geocaching is a cool outdoor game that uses technology to help students become explorers with a GPS.
My students are always eager to learn, but they often lack the supplies they need for everyday schoolwork.
Since, we are considered a high poverty school with very low reading scores and qualifies us to be a Title I school, most of our school budget goes to academics. I think my students need to broaden their thinking and get out of the classroom and learn how a GPS works. I have been doing my own research on Geocaching and I think I can take the classroom learning outdoors and turn it into a treasure hunt for mysteries to solve and treasures to find.
Geocaching is a treasure hunt that is guided by the GPS and the students will be lead to find problems to solve, clues to treasures and challenges to win. To get started with Geocaching 2 GPSs will allow teams to work together to find the hidden items. Our school is located on a huge piece of land that will allow the students to explore within the safe limits of the school property. I just know that students will learn mapping skills, thinking skills, and become great explorers at the same time. Students will be able to challenge each other by hiding their own items and have their own amazing race. My ultimate goal for my students is that they would learn to work cooperatively, interact socially, become leaders, discovers and learn to ask good questions. I really feel that if my students had more hands-on experiences and learned cooperation for a common goal, they will become better citizens.
I think we can agree that not all students learn by just sitting in a classroom all day.
If I could take learning outdoors and make it fun for them I may have a better chance at reaching my students this year. Teaching students to use a GPS is just a tool that may help to make geography fun. Well, if my students had these GPS's, we could say good-bye to boring lessons and then sing "Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Geocaching We Go!"
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