High Tech Treasure Hunt: Geocaching and Elementary Students
Participate and share : Poster
Dr. Jeffrey Hall William Hall Dr. Lucy Bush
Come learn how to engage in a safe, socially distanced high tech treasure hunt for all of your elementary learners! Learn how to integrate geocaching into your F2F or distance learning and leave with lesson plans, resources and more.
|Audience:||Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||QR Code Reader|
|Topic:||Innovation in early childhood/elementary|
|Subject area:||Social studies, STEM/STEAM|
|ISTE Standards:||For Students:
|Additional detail:||Student presentation|
As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to
1. Explain what geocaching is to fellow educators who are unfamiliar with the activity.
2. Describe the role of STEAM skills in the pursuit of geocaches around the world.
3. Understand how geocaching can be used to supplement digital learning both during COVID-19 and beyond.
4. Understand the variety of educational geocaches available.
5. Create educational geocaches and publish them at geocaching.com.
6. Understand geocaching from elementary students’ perspectives about the educational benefits of geocaching.
Participants will be granted access to a digital repository that contains a variety of educational resources (ex., lesson plans, videos, expert geocaches, etc.).
Evidence of success: We have incorporated geocaching into several of our graduate-level educational methods classes with great success. Students report greater comprehension of spatial understanding, flora and fauna, geography, and history. Geocaching lends itself to all content areas, but this presentation will pay particular attention to elementary math and science with qualitative data from learning coaches, teachers, professors, and elementary students demonstrating the successful integration of geocaching into pedagogical practice.
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