Presenter Information

Matt Symonds, Pacific University

Location

Berglund Hall 145

Start Date

26-9-2009 11:00 AM

End Date

26-9-2009 12:00 PM

Description

GPS is an emerging technology that teachers are just starting to tap in to. The educational promise of GPS includes integration with social science, science, mathematics, language arts, cultural competence and more. Teachers can use GPS instruction to foster critical thinking skills and the value of learning. GPS instruction engages multiple intelligences and can be an effective tool to promote exploration and discovery learning. I will show how groups of middle school age students learned to use GPS units to support several geography concepts including map reading, identifying physical and human features, and the spatial concepts of location, distance, direction, scale, movement, and region.

Matt Symonds received his MAT from Pacific University in Spring 2008. Before embarking on this new career as a teacher, Matt was one of the most recognized navigation experts in Eugene, Oregon. He worked at a prominent outdoor retailer and taught gadgets and navigation to all age groups. Matt was a media favorite appearing on outdoor and morning show segments featuring GPS units and outdoor gear. An OTEN grant provided Matt with a great life intersection as he built a website for teachers on how to integrate GPS instruction in the classroom. In the Summer Matt teaches a Science Factory Museum summer program. Classes include web design, computer whiz kids, GPS Treasure Hunters, & Garageband. His site can be found at http://weteachgps.com.

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Sep 26th, 11:00 AM Sep 26th, 12:00 PM

Connecting Middle Schoolers with Geography using GPS (Global Positioning System)

Berglund Hall 145

GPS is an emerging technology that teachers are just starting to tap in to. The educational promise of GPS includes integration with social science, science, mathematics, language arts, cultural competence and more. Teachers can use GPS instruction to foster critical thinking skills and the value of learning. GPS instruction engages multiple intelligences and can be an effective tool to promote exploration and discovery learning. I will show how groups of middle school age students learned to use GPS units to support several geography concepts including map reading, identifying physical and human features, and the spatial concepts of location, distance, direction, scale, movement, and region.

Matt Symonds received his MAT from Pacific University in Spring 2008. Before embarking on this new career as a teacher, Matt was one of the most recognized navigation experts in Eugene, Oregon. He worked at a prominent outdoor retailer and taught gadgets and navigation to all age groups. Matt was a media favorite appearing on outdoor and morning show segments featuring GPS units and outdoor gear. An OTEN grant provided Matt with a great life intersection as he built a website for teachers on how to integrate GPS instruction in the classroom. In the Summer Matt teaches a Science Factory Museum summer program. Classes include web design, computer whiz kids, GPS Treasure Hunters, & Garageband. His site can be found at http://weteachgps.com.