K12 Online Echo: Beth Ritter-Guth
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!
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 : [email protected]
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