ERIC Number: EJ1033017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Redefining the Longitude/Latitude Experience with a Scaffolded Geocache
Hammond, Thomas; Bozdin, Alec M.; Stanlick, Sarah E.
Social Studies, v105 n5 p237-244 2014
Latitude and longitude are foundational concepts for geography education, yet they are typically poorly understood by students and receive indifferent attention from instructors and publishers' materials. Social studies teachers can take advantage of increasingly ubiquitous geolocating devices such as Global Positions Systems (GPS) to provide students with a hands-on experience of latitude and longitude to promote spatial thinking skills. We present one such approach, a simplified, scaffolded version of a geocache designed to fit within a single class period: working in pairs, students will use a GPS (or other geolocating device, such as a smartphone) to navigate among several targets set up by the teacher. Students' conceptions and opportunities for extension and application are discussed.
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Geographic Location, Facilities, Electronic Equipment, Navigation, Maps, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Games, Handheld Devices, Prior Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, History Instruction, Environmental Education, Mathematics Instruction
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Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education
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