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Beth Ritter-Guth shared both her 2009 K12 Onine presentation: Unlikely Coordinates: Geocaching Across the Curriulum as well as her personal experience with geocaching. Sheila Adams, our streamer was able to add her perspective as a middle school teacher. Lots of learning and lots of fun!

 

Chat Log

 

 2010-03-23 19:51:56   Peggy George  : Hi Sheila! Thank you so much for streaming tonight!
2010-03-23 19:52:19   Sheila  : no problem (I hope)
2010-03-23 19:52:35   Peggy George  : we never know but I know we're in good hands :-)
2010-03-23 19:53:50   Peggy George  : still waiting for Beth to come on Skype before I place the call
2010-03-23 19:54:37   Sheila  : ok
2010-03-23 19:55:15   Sheila  : So many windows open . . . .  but only 3 tabs! ;)
2010-03-23 20:03:55   Peggy George  : hi poutingplumseed! Great to see you again!
2010-03-23 20:04:03   poutingplumseed  : Hello again!
2010-03-23 20:05:11   Peggy George  : we're having a few problems but hope to start soon
2010-03-23 20:06:22   poutingplumseed  : which stream will it be on? ETT A?
2010-03-23 20:06:34   Peggy George  : it will be on ustream so you can watch the video
2010-03-23 20:07:15   poutingplumseed  : wonderful
2010-03-23 20:07:29   Peggy George  : Sheila is so multi-talented!!
2010-03-23 20:07:40   Peggy George  : can you see the video?
2010-03-23 20:08:15   Susan van Gelder  : does everyone hear?
2010-03-23 20:08:30   Peggy George  : Welcome mslaneeus!!
2010-03-23 20:08:37   Peggy George  : we're streaming on ustream
2010-03-23 20:09:06   Sheila  : Can you hear?
2010-03-23 20:09:08   Susan van Gelder  : http://collegeenglish.wikispaces.com/geocaching
2010-03-23 20:09:14   Peggy George  : Beth makes geocaching sound so exciting!!
2010-03-23 20:09:42   Sheila  : I've done some letterboxing.
2010-03-23 20:09:50   mslaneeus  : Hi!  Thanks.  Can only stay for half an hour but excited to hear.
2010-03-23 20:09:52   Peggy George  : you'll have to tell us about that Sheila
2010-03-23 20:09:59   Susan van Gelder  : I have gone geocaching
2010-03-23 20:10:15   jackiegerstein  : Hi
2010-03-23 20:10:21   Susan van Gelder  : Glad you are herre mslaneeus
2010-03-23 20:10:21   Peggy George  : reminds me of an easter egg hunt :-)
2010-03-23 20:10:27   Susan van Gelder  : Hi Jackie
2010-03-23 20:10:28   mslaneeus  : Thanks!
2010-03-23 20:10:35   Peggy George  : Hi Jackie! welcome!
2010-03-23 20:10:47   jackiegerstein  : Love Geocaching
2010-03-23 20:11:04   Susan van Gelder  : @jackigerstein - have you done it with students?
2010-03-23 20:11:24   jackiegerstein  : What a great way to combine outdoor education and technology - I did it with a group of 5th/6th graders on a hike
2010-03-23 20:11:40   Susan van Gelder  : looking forward to hearing more about it
2010-03-23 20:11:56   Sheila  : There's some thoughts about setting up a geocaching event at ISTE10 like they had at San Diego's NECC.
2010-03-23 20:12:08   Susan van Gelder  : won't be at ISTE
2010-03-23 20:12:21   Sheila  : :(
2010-03-23 20:12:22   Peggy George  : wouldn't that be fun??
2010-03-23 20:15:39   Susan van Gelder  : love the term muggled
2010-03-23 20:15:47   Sheila  : I learned about geocaching at the 2001 NECC.
2010-03-23 20:16:03   Peggy George  : I learned about geocaching from Sheila :-)
2010-03-23 20:16:10   jackiegerstein  : I bought the Geocaching iPhone app - it is an amazing app = Play with it whe I kike
2010-03-23 20:16:13   jackiegerstein  : hike
2010-03-23 20:16:44   Sheila  : I've seen it advertised. Looks good!
2010-03-23 20:16:44   Susan van Gelder  : I also have the iphone app - used it and found a geocache :)
2010-03-23 20:18:20   Sheila  : It is helpful to have the information with you.
2010-03-23 20:18:28   Peggy George  : great tip Sheila!
2010-03-23 20:18:47   Peggy George  : the Glog is great!!
2010-03-23 20:19:13   Susan van Gelder  : I loved the math application
2010-03-23 20:19:39   Peggy George  : http://collegeenglish.wikispaces.com/k12online
2010-03-23 20:19:41   Susan van Gelder  : fun to add the Halloween link
2010-03-23 20:20:08   Susan van Gelder  : http://geomathing.wikispaces.com
2010-03-23 20:20:46   Sheila  : ON this past trip to Belize I used the GPS to go with my pics. Haven't uploaded everything, but I have good intentions!
2010-03-23 20:22:50   Sheila  : We have several parents who hunt and we were able to borrow them.
2010-03-23 20:23:07   jackiegerstein  : Nice photo essay via the Glogster
2010-03-23 20:23:40   Sheila  : Now, we have 10 units and the students can borrow them with their library card.
2010-03-23 20:24:18   Peggy George  : good idea for the walking stick!!
2010-03-23 20:24:28   Sheila  : Good advice - don't stick your hand in a hole!
2010-03-23 20:24:28   Peggy George  : Hooray!! Welcome Beth!!!!
2010-03-23 20:24:40   BethRitterGuth  : YAY!!!!!!!
2010-03-23 20:24:47   BethRitterGuth  : Sorry Everyone!
2010-03-23 20:24:50   Susan van Gelder  : yay!!!
2010-03-23 20:24:55   BethRitterGuth  : I am really excited to be here :-)
2010-03-23 20:25:05   Peggy George  : your timing is fine!!
2010-03-23 20:25:12   BethRitterGuth  : Thanks, Sheila, for helping out :-)
2010-03-23 20:25:43   Peggy George  : I love the way your presentation worked with Prezi!
2010-03-23 20:25:47   Sheila  : I'm just running the stream and enjoying your  preso.
2010-03-23 20:25:54   Susan van Gelder  : What age are the students you have geocached with, Beth?
2010-03-23 20:26:06   BethRitterGuth  : Alice is amazing, and if you have a chance, please check out her materials
2010-03-23 20:26:08   Susan van Gelder  : She is amazing
2010-03-23 20:26:10   Peggy George  : Alice Christie is another person I've learned a lot from!!! She's my colleague at Arizona State University West
2010-03-23 20:26:13   BethRitterGuth  : we are a boarding HS
2010-03-23 20:26:21   BethRitterGuth  : and I have used it with college students, also
2010-03-23 20:26:38   Peggy George  : Alice just did a geocaching workshop at MEC 2010 last week here in AZ
2010-03-23 20:26:55   Sheila  : Love the name - geomathing!
2010-03-23 20:26:58   BethRitterGuth  : She really is awesome in so many ways :-)  A true "trail blazer!"
2010-03-23 20:27:09   Susan van Gelder  : http://alicechristie.org
2010-03-23 20:27:24   BethRitterGuth  : the wiki for the project is http://geomathing.wikispaces.com
2010-03-23 20:27:35   BethRitterGuth  : do any of you geocache?
2010-03-23 20:27:39   Peggy George  : geography is never a no-brainer :-)
2010-03-23 20:27:48   Susan van Gelder  : I like the idea of history with geocaching
2010-03-23 20:27:59   Susan van Gelder  : exploring the local history
2010-03-23 20:28:11   BethRitterGuth  : we are taking the projectsthe math kids did and are now moving them on to history
2010-03-23 20:28:43   Peggy George  : 6 degrees of separation is such an amazing concept
2010-03-23 20:28:51   Susan van Gelder  : primary source documents - great idea
2010-03-23 20:28:53   Sheila  : My dad went with me in his hometown and we explored a  place he had never been before! Imagine that!
2010-03-23 20:29:05   BethRitterGuth  : It also helps students access resources in the community
2010-03-23 20:29:11   Peggy George  : what fun Sheila!!
2010-03-23 20:29:11   BethRitterGuth  : Where are you located, Sheila?
2010-03-23 20:29:16   BethRitterGuth  : that is so awesome
2010-03-23 20:29:21   jackiegerstein  : I did geocaching at a conference on a college campus.  Clues were put at various historical sites on campus - very fun!
2010-03-23 20:29:25   Sheila  : NH but it was in MA
2010-03-23 20:29:36   BethRitterGuth  : Jackie, would you ever use it in class?
2010-03-23 20:29:47   Peggy George  : you're both in the same neck of the woods :-) New England
2010-03-23 20:29:48   BethRitterGuth  : Have you used it in class, Sheila?
2010-03-23 20:30:00   jackiegerstein  : I used it when I took 5th-6th graders on a hike.
2010-03-23 20:30:03   BethRitterGuth  : YAY, New Englanders rock (literally...there are lots of them)
2010-03-23 20:30:05   Sheila  : Yes, I have.
2010-03-23 20:30:19   Sheila  : :)
2010-03-23 20:30:25   BethRitterGuth  : what advice do you have for teachers starting out with geo projcts for class?
2010-03-23 20:30:40   jackiegerstein  : I also had the kids use geocaching to hide "bones" for other groups for an anatomy lesson.  
2010-03-23 20:30:44   Peggy George  : @Beth-your presentation does such a fantastic job of showing the power of geocaching in all curriculum areas!!
2010-03-23 20:30:48   BethRitterGuth  : ooooh, THAT is cool
2010-03-23 20:30:55   jackiegerstein  : Agreed Peggy
2010-03-23 20:31:04   Sheila  : I like that one Jackie
2010-03-23 20:31:23   jackiegerstein  : Way fun for the kids - it was for a forensics lesson
2010-03-23 20:31:30   BethRitterGuth  : I had hoped to make it accessible to all areas and not just English (what I teach) or the geomathing project :-)
2010-03-23 20:31:31   Peggy George  : Beth you should do a presentation for Earthcastathon 2010 this year! This would be a great thing to share!
2010-03-23 20:31:35   Sheila  : Sounds like a way to do an EArthcst - hmmm.
2010-03-23 20:31:39   BethRitterGuth  : Jackie, that is totally CSI...LOVE IT
2010-03-23 20:31:45   jackiegerstein  : Good idea Peggy
2010-03-23 20:31:51   Peggy George  : :-) Sheila we're on the same wavelength
2010-03-23 20:31:51   jackiegerstein  : Yes CSI ;)
2010-03-23 20:31:57   mslaneeus  : So sorry I have to run.  Excellent ideas.  Much to think about.  Thank you.
2010-03-23 20:31:58   BethRitterGuth  : what is earthcastathon?
2010-03-23 20:32:10   Peggy George  : 24 hour web cast for Earth Day
2010-03-23 20:32:14   BethRitterGuth  : really?
2010-03-23 20:32:18   BethRitterGuth  : that is awesome!!!
2010-03-23 20:32:21   Susan van Gelder  : Would be fun to do circuit training - find a geocache - do an exercice
2010-03-23 20:32:22   BethRitterGuth  : is there a website?
2010-03-23 20:32:55   Peggy George  : http://earthbridges.wikispaces.com/Ways+to+Participate
2010-03-23 20:32:56   jackiegerstein  : nice presentation
2010-03-23 20:34:40   Peggy George  : an outstanding presentation!!
2010-03-23 20:34:45   Susan van Gelder  : There are some micros near me - should go looking
2010-03-23 20:35:00   BethRitterGuth  : micros are really hard
2010-03-23 20:35:14   Peggy George  : I don't think I would ever find micros!
2010-03-23 20:35:16   BethRitterGuth  : it is fun to start off with the bigger ones and then go toward smallesr
2010-03-23 20:35:33   Susan van Gelder  : yes - I've found a big one - even that was a challenge for me
2010-03-23 20:35:37   Sheila  : I got ammo boxes for Christmas!
2010-03-23 20:35:46   Peggy George  : you can't watch this presentation and not want to go geocaching!!!!
2010-03-23 20:35:46   BethRitterGuth  : Sheila, have you placed any?
2010-03-23 20:35:52   Susan van Gelder  : I love the travel bug idea
2010-03-23 20:35:59   BethRitterGuth  : that was totally on my list, but my hubby didn't get the hint
2010-03-23 20:36:14   BethRitterGuth  : I did order a bunch of travel bugs that I hand out at presenttations as prozes
2010-03-23 20:36:16   BethRitterGuth  : ugh
2010-03-23 20:36:18   BethRitterGuth  : prizes
2010-03-23 20:36:18   Sheila  : Oh, yes. I had a TB go to Antarctica with one of our teachers.
2010-03-23 20:36:23   BethRitterGuth  : oooooooo
2010-03-23 20:36:28   jackiegerstein  : Travel bug is the best - you get email updates if you "follow" one
2010-03-23 20:36:38   BethRitterGuth  : and you get to keep a half of it, too
2010-03-23 20:36:39   jackiegerstein  : I follow two from the conference
2010-03-23 20:36:43   Peggy George  : did you do that Jackie?
2010-03-23 20:36:56   Susan van Gelder  : These guys are obsessed!
2010-03-23 20:37:12   BethRitterGuth  : lol, that guy is sooo smug
2010-03-23 20:37:18   Peggy George  : :-)
2010-03-23 20:37:35   BethRitterGuth  : nerds in the wilderness
2010-03-23 20:37:37   BethRitterGuth  : woot
2010-03-23 20:37:56   Peggy George  : clap clap clap!!! awesome presentation Beth!
2010-03-23 20:38:04   BethRitterGuth  : britterguth@hotchkiss.org
2010-03-23 20:38:20   Susan van Gelder  : My Skype went dead
2010-03-23 20:38:30   jackiegerstein  : I can hear someone
2010-03-23 20:39:41   Peggy George  : sorry--too many susan's in my skype list!
2010-03-23 20:40:51   Peggy George  : can we bring you into the Skype call Jackie?
2010-03-23 20:41:37   jackiegerstein  : I ended up buying four "used" GPSs from ebay for my class
2010-03-23 20:41:55   jackiegerstein  : Beth is more fun to listen to
2010-03-23 20:42:11   Sheila  : Oh, that's a good idea Jackie!
2010-03-23 20:42:15   Peggy George  : we'd like to have a conversation with you, Sheila and Beth towards the end :-)
2010-03-23 20:42:29   Peggy George  : never thought of buying them on ebay-great idea
2010-03-23 20:42:58   jackiegerstein  : Cost me aobut $50 a piece but still cheaper than new!  They work fine
2010-03-23 20:43:02   jackiegerstein  : about
2010-03-23 20:43:14   Peggy George  : definitely cheaper than new!!
2010-03-23 20:43:34   Peggy George  : do students tend to have gps on their cell phones?
2010-03-23 20:45:01   Sheila  : Interesting that you mentioned doing geocaching after your mother passing. I know of others who have used this sport as a release or reflection time.
2010-03-23 20:45:09   Peggy George  : this is so motivating for students!!!
2010-03-23 20:45:10   jackiegerstein  : need to have latitude and longitude
2010-03-23 20:45:54   jackiegerstein  : http://lovinfifth.com/gps/GPS-activities.htm
2010-03-23 20:45:57   Peggy George  : oh yumm!!! pizza
2010-03-23 20:46:04   Sheila  : A parent explained she was just divorced and found it was a great way to "talk" to her 14 yo son. Non-intimidating situation. Walk and talk but don't have to look at each other.
2010-03-23 20:46:25   Peggy George  : that makes so much sense Sheila!! wonderful idea!
2010-03-23 20:47:05   jackiegerstein  : Sheila - I used to work with hoods in the woods - taking delinquent kids on wilderness trips.  The kids shared so much with me while backpacking because of what you said.
2010-03-23 20:47:41   Susan van Gelder  : I once wrote a piece about my kids "Why do they ask from the backseat of the car" - same idea  - no eye contact
2010-03-23 20:47:50   Sheila  : Makes sense! Sounds like a great project!
2010-03-23 20:47:54   Peggy George  : you're all definitely helping me to think outside the box! great suggestions
2010-03-23 20:48:13   Sheila  : I like the name of it too!
2010-03-23 20:48:24   Sheila  : :)
2010-03-23 20:48:52   jackiegerstein  : Most of kids really liked using the GPS device
2010-03-23 20:49:02   Sheila  : Leaving a legacy in the logbook?
2010-03-23 20:49:07   Peggy George  : signing the book is what makes you feel like you really did it and have proof!
2010-03-23 20:49:43   Sheila  : That's why I like letterboxing too! You get to stamp the book and your record book.
2010-03-23 20:50:21   Peggy George  : can you log into Skype Jackie so I can call you?
2010-03-23 20:50:57   jackiegerstein  : Peggy - I would need to search out my headset - long day observing students teachers in the classroom :(
2010-03-23 20:51:12   Peggy George  : ok-you can just keep typing then :-)
2010-03-23 20:51:30   jackiegerstein  : This is working great  - really like hearing all of these ideas
2010-03-23 20:51:38   Peggy George  : that's good advice about letting them play with gps first!
2010-03-23 20:52:09   jackiegerstein  : Finding pre-existing caches can be difficult
2010-03-23 20:52:13   jackiegerstein  : for kids
2010-03-23 20:52:22   jackiegerstein  : Garmin
2010-03-23 20:52:39   Peggy George  : http://www.alicechristie.org/geocaching/ Alice Christie's Geocaching Guide for Educators
2010-03-23 20:53:20   Peggy George  : http://www.ryejrhigh.org/workshops/gps/ one of Sheila's geocaching workshops :-)
2010-03-23 20:53:32   Peggy George  : I'm good :-)
2010-03-23 20:53:41   jackiegerstein  : Peggy is VERY good
2010-03-23 20:53:41   Peggy George  : actually I refer to it often to share with people
2010-03-23 20:54:21   jackiegerstein  : You stiil are VERY good, Peggy
2010-03-23 20:54:39   Sheila  : http://science.nasa.gov/Realtime/JTrack/
2010-03-23 20:55:00   jackiegerstein  : GPS actiivities are such a good way to teach longitude and latitude
2010-03-23 20:55:27   BethRitterGuth  : yes :-)
2010-03-23 20:56:09   Peggy George  : I have Trails on my iPhone
2010-03-23 20:56:42   Peggy George  : one of our teachers used Trails to create a Google Earth map of the neighborhood around her school--attached it to her bike and rode around the neighborhood
2010-03-23 20:57:36   Sheila  : So what do we do when the technology doesn't work? (I usually make sure there are compasses available too.)
2010-03-23 20:57:49   Peggy George  : http://www.groundspeak.com/ I signed up for this geocaching newsletter and it is fascinating--Groundspeak
2010-03-23 20:58:08   Sheila  : I'm behind on all this iPhone things. Anything work on just the iTouch?
2010-03-23 20:58:25   Susan van Gelder  : iTouch needs wifi
2010-03-23 20:59:01   Peggy George  : most of the iphone apps also work on itouch
2010-03-23 20:59:03   Sheila  : Did a webcam cache one time and realized the camera could see the hotel window.
2010-03-23 20:59:34   Peggy George  : how fun Sheila! :-)
2010-03-23 20:59:50   Peggy George  : love the virtual idea!
2010-03-23 21:00:19   Peggy George  : too funny Beth!! it's 9:00 oclock :-)
2010-03-23 21:00:57   Peggy George  : what are the differences with the itouches and iphones Beth?
2010-03-23 21:01:46   Peggy George  : you have internet access on itouch but no gps?
2010-03-23 21:02:08   Peggy George  : definitely need a battery pack to keep it charged up!!
2010-03-23 21:02:24   Peggy George  : Thank you so much Beth!! This has been such a valuable conversation!
2010-03-23 21:02:28   Sheila  : Got many ideas tonight! Thanks so much!
2010-03-23 21:02:30   BethRitterGuth  : Thank you, Sheila!!  
2010-03-23 21:02:34   Peggy George  : Thanks for joining in the call Sheila!!
2010-03-23 21:02:37   jackiegerstein  : thanks all
2010-03-23 21:02:57   Peggy George  : thanks for joining us tonight!!
2010-03-23 21:03:29   Peggy George  : next Echo-April 20 with Brian Crosby-Videoconferencing-Easy, Free, Powerful
2010-03-23 21:03:36   Peggy George  : good night everyone