OpenCaching.com has created a unique online community that has helped bring outdoor enthusiasts together through a network of free geocaches. In addition to the already vibrant OpenCaching community, teachers have found that geocaching can be a great resource in the classroom.
Students (and teachers) who take advantage of this technology are able to gain a set of highly desirable skills that will benefit them in future classes, as well as future employment in business, industry and government.
Integrating this new technology into the classroom is a great way for educators to engage students, and activities can be based on learning at any skill level. Geocaching offers students a great opportunity to work together in groups, solve problems, and learn about a variety of different subjects. Teachers can take this technology outside the classroom, create new lesson plans, or even build upon existing ones. With a little creativity, geocaching can be used to study almost anything!Not to mention that OpenCaching.com is completely FREE! Teachers and students alike are able to log on and sign up at no cost and without any subscription fees. Students and teachers are also able to create their very own geocaches that they can share with everyone. Also with the free download of BaseCamp, student-geocachers are able to track and save their caches to share with teachers, friends and parents.
Geoaching is a great way to educate students in a fun and interesting way. Garmin offers a variety of different GPS devices that can engage both teachers and students, while also tracking everything using BaseCamp and OpenCaching. The classroom gives students (and teachers) a chance to learn something new and have fun at the same time!
If you're interested in incorporating geocaching in your classroom, visit http://www8.garmin.com/education/