July 12, 2005

Geocaching leads to spatial analysis in schools

An article on eSchool news geared towards educators puts things in a very clear perspective.. the main reason why most schools buy a GPS and get involved in spatial analysis is geocaching. Makes sense... and its also a great way to trigger the interest of teachers and students alike. Generally, most geocachers will find that once they get into it they will want to accomplish more.. that eventually leads to downloading a GIS viewer such as ArcExplorer and now, Google Earth. Throw in a bit of XML code and imagine what elementary and secondary school students are going to be coming up with in the next year or two! I'm looking forward to some of the GIS day stories already!  For more info on these topics check out the following leads: http://www.gisday.com  http://www.esri.com/software/arcexplorer/  http://www.geocaching.com/  http://kangis.org/
 
(Source of inspiration for this piece: http://www.eschoolnews.com/eti/2005/07/001019.php)

1 comment:

Signed, the Masked Marauder said...

Very interesting! I am using ArcView and data sets in part of my unit about City Engineering to gifted 4th graders. I would love to know more teachers who are doing things with GIS and ArcView, and any other suggestions you might have!