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Creativity in Motion : Geocaching for the Classroom

Moving Creatively in the Classroom (PE)

Geocaching for the Classroom

Live GPS Treasure Hunting!

By Michele Batz, PhD

If you have not experienced this live treasure hunt with your students, You MUST! First purchase (or borrow) some hand held GPS's (or use smart phone's) and go to the official Geocaching Global GPS Cache Web site at www.geocaching.com.

The site says this about Geocaching:

"Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online."

To play, type in your location and to your amazement, you'll see that live treasure has been hidden at your local parks, national parks, and anywhere in the world.

Type in your markings and take your class on a true live treasure hunt. It's a nice way to get any student involved, you may incorporate math, reading, and writing about the experience.

We were fortunate enough last year at my school district to receive a grant and we purchased 10 hand held GPS's and we had a great adventure in Van Patton Woods in Illinois. It will be an annual thing at our school.

For more information go to the Geocaching Web site (visit the Groundspeak discussion forums) and visit Amazon or the library for great books to get you started.

You won't regret it, truly a cool experience for the whole school community. •

© 2010 Michele Batz. All rights reserved.

Michele BatzMichele Batz, PhD, has a masters in Administrative Education and has been an educator for 30 years at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. More »

7/30/11