Top Of The Geocaching Class

If any school teacher deserves a shiny, red apple, it’s Gerard MacManus.

On Tuesday, the head of digital technology at Auckland’s Papatoetoe High School ran a geocaching class for fellow educators attending the Post Primary Teachers’ Association professional conference in Wellington. His class tied in perfectly with this year’s theme of “eDscapes: Mapping teachers’ professional lives”.

During the 4.30pm workshop, secondary school teachers borrowed GPS devices to locate GC.com geocaches hidden around the capital city’s Civic Square and waterfront areas, before logging their findings online. Among the group’s finds was GC2JC6Y Historic Star Boating Club, which MacManus called “a wonderful cache to find with others in their first caching exercise”.

The session also introduced them to MacManus’ Get Lost geocaching project, which is based on the Education Ministry’s guidelines for learning outside the classroom.

MacManus (GC handle: taskmaster) created the scheme for Papatoetoe High School, where students use cellphones, GPS devices and Auckland’s public transport system to explore navigation and geocaching.

“I have a passion for technology and I am keen to share this with teachers. I attended an exciting geocaching workshop at a uLearn conference and begun to make connections with the directions for learning in the New Zealand curriculum,” he said.

1 comment

  1. Steve Shipway

    The ITS Staff Development “Learning Sessions” server at the University of Auckland now also offers a short (1 hour) session for staff to learn about this sport. The course is run whenever there are 5 or more people registering an interest. This is open to any UoA staff member, though it has so far only been publicised to ITS staff.
    http://learningsessions.auckland.ac.nz/ for UoA staff members.

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