Geocaching in the Classroom

For those who do not know what geocaching is, let’s first define it:

Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching)

I have been apart of a geocaching event a few weeks ago and it was a simple treasure hunt with about six other teams that were made up of three people. The hunt went well but at times could be frustrating since the ‘treasure’ was hard to find (note: this also took place in a bush where trees and foliage hid the treasures).

This could be a great activity for classes that promotes new technology but also fun physical activity. There is also a learning curve and this will teach students how to use a GPS and how to navigate. These are very useful skills to have and to learn and why not teach them with geocaching!

You could also play games of hide and go seek, a clue game for study notes, or many other interesting ideas! There is a cost and that is to buy the GPS (and training for teachers or staff) but it’s worth it. The cost is not that high (can be purchased for under $100) and the rewards of its use will definitely outweigh the small cost of the hardware.

A test is coming up and students are wanting study notes. You (the teacher) hide these notes in ten different locations around the school. Teams go around and look for these clues and when a team finds one clue, they can post it online via twitter and share the notes with other students. This promotes teamwork, sharing and it utilizes new technologies.

Geocaching is simple and fun and I highly recommend it!


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