Last week I trained ND educators on GIS (Geographic Information Systems). We did some amazing things with GPS units and our smartphones. One of the mornings, during the training, we did some geocaching outside. If you are unfamiliar with geocaching I encourage you to take a look at geocaching.com. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. The geocaching site is a great way to engage your students inside and outside of the classroom. I have geocached 5 times now and loved every time I went out. You can download the geocaching app in the App Store for FREE. The video below will give you more of an idea about what geocaching is.
Once you tried geocaching check out Klikaklu. Klikaklu is a FREE app that allows students to create a photo hunt game that uses the smartphone’s GPS and camera to play a treasure hunting game. I couldn’t find any hunts in my area but I really like that you can create hunts. Students could create their own hunts and have other classrooms complete them. The video below will give you more information on Klikaklu.