Geocaching

Geocaching & Me 

Today I started a program called geocaching. In this program, we will be creating a game based on issues being created by the election. Then  we watched differents ads from past presidents, trying to compare & contrast what they were really aiming for through their ads. 

First day of Geocaching 

Hello people of earth, today is my first day of the Geocaching project. Today we learned about what we should be doing everyday we are here. It all sounds good so far and I can't wait to learn more about the concept of Geocaching . 

Race to the White House Badge Ecology 

Race to the White House is a Global Kids summer program where youth will develop a digital scavenger hunt with gps-enabled devices (geocaching) to create a public activity about the upcoming presidential election and its impact on issues of importance to our community and our country. The program will be used a one of the early beta sites for the Global Kids and the Hive NYC Learning Network badging systems.

 

 

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Prepping a Geocache for Wingate Students 

Devon and I walked around Wingate High School to find a good place for a new geocache. The area around the school is a geocaching deadzone - there is NOTHING around for blocks and blocks. To show the youth what geocaching is all about we had little choice but to make our own.

 

This lovely park behind the school provided the perfect opportunity. With our magnetic key holder in hand, and all prepped, Devon picked a nice spot. Here he sits, close by but not at the location, pleased with his decision:

 

 

Devon is looking at a NYC Parks Department plaque about the interesting man for whom the basketball courts were named:

Geocaching by Wingate High School

Preparations for Summer Civic Geocaching Program Begin 

Preparations for the Global Kids Civic Geocaching Program, a two-week summer intensive, began last week. The OLP staff headed out for the day to Prospect Park, in Brooklyn, to build our geocaching capacity. Beginning at the Brooklyn Public Library, with whom we are partnering on the project, we searched for three geocaches and had three successful finds:

GK Leveraging "City as Game Board"  

In a recent interview about the Hive Learning Networks, with Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, Chris Lawrence, director of Hive NYC, and Connie Yowell, director of education at the MacArthur Foundation, Chris recently used their funding of GK's new geocaching program to address the question of why organizations until recently haven’t been operating as networks.

[It] is an audience question. The populace wasn’t as hungry and thirsty for it until recently. So the audience is driving this kind of collaboration, this understanding of the city as a larger learning space—the city as a game board. The trick now is to infuse that “city as game board” with some learning.

One of the Hive NYC organizations, Global Kids, is, for example, tapping into the online geocaching culture—a totally interest-driven, user-driven culture and community—to answer that question. They’re using geocaching to map the coming 2012 elections and civic engagement strategies with geocaching strategies. They’re using the city as game board but putting in some content that affects cities. The geocaching infrastructure is already there. The process is already on the phones. They’re just leveraging with a learning goal.

The news is out: Funding for City Kids and Teens to Geek Out Anytime, Anywhere: $590,000 for 12 Groups that Help Kids Connect and Learn through Digital Media. These funds are part of an effort from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The New York Community Trust to expand the possibilities for digital learning.

In general, the latest round of grants will help develop and expand projects that use smart phones, iPads, social networks, and programming skills to help students become media makers as well as consumers, connecting the social and academic and making the world a better place.

Global Kids is thrilled to have receive funding from four proposals submitted in the latest round:

Civic Geocaching
This is a spring program in which GK youth will identify a civic issue and educate their peers and their community through a scavenger hunt-style activity called geocaching. It will be developed in partnership with youth and staff at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. A second proposal will support us to work with Mills College to evaluate the program.