I had the greatest experience working with Instructor, Shloe Kerness of the University of Central Florida teaching Elementary Pre-Service teachers all about GPS receivers, classroom navigation and Geocaching. I felt the classroom portion moved along quite well, and we had fun in the field looking for secret locations! A few important points I failed to give appropriate attention to include:
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- Space Coast Geocachers, who are very active in Brevard County and throughout Florida. In fact, they manage the one and only geocaching retail store known to most of us in the sport!
- In navigation, a GPS receiver can, usually does, but SHOULDN'T EVER be solely relied upon as the only navigational tool. A well studied map and compass should always be kept near by.
- Besides Geocaching.com, some of my other favorite related sites include: Waymarking, which builds a "geocaching" database of virtual sites such as historical markers, landmarks, interesting scenic views, etc. My other favorite, but not as popular is the Degree Confluence Project which has snapshots of every corner of the globe, and has just celebrated its 15th anniversary.
Keep up the great work and be sure to interact with your colleagues in class and those you meet in Extension. Throughout the US and Florida, teachers are utilizing GPS receivers and geocaching to teach all of the core subjects, while at the same time inspiring their students to increase their knowledge of science, math and of course - outdoor education!