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I taught math
for ten years after retiring from the Marines. Part
of me is still in the classroom, so I have included some
particularly useful or interesting resources I've
utilized. I used all of them at some point and hope
they might give you some ideas. Parents may be interested
too. The 24 Game is almost as addicting as geocaching.
the Marine Corps was excellent training for the classroom.
Schools like having ex-Marines on staff, especially at
lunch time and dismissal.
letterboxing, orienteering and similar activities are
great real time, real world exercises in problem solving,
decision making and setting priorities in addition to the
technical stuff involved. It is hands-on,
interdisciplinary work that lends itself well to all
student levels and learning styles. I based entire units
on maps, compasses and related skills, then took the
students out for orienteering and geocaching. The science,
language arts and social studies teachers would do work to
complement the unit. My replacement continues that little
field experience to this day. My wife and I still
help with it every year.
I spent about half my military career in intelligence, so
I have included some resources from that area. The CIA
World Factbook is worth a particular mention. It's
updated yearly, is free online and unclassified. It is a
gold mine of information about every country in the
world. Don't let the name scare you.
It's good stuff.
got a couple other recommendations and then it's all
yours. Check out waymarking.com. A waymark is
like a geocache except it is something that is already
there. It could be a waterfall, a statue or a plaque
on a building. These things are everywhere. If
you are heading out on a field trip, this is a great
activity to add on. It provides real-world practice
with research, reading and writing skills.
to see the Alamo, the Eiffel Tower or Loch Ness right now?
The webcam link is your ticket.
Hands-on Equations and the 24 Game (no, not Jack Bauer)
are THE BEST math teaching programs I have ever used. They
are scalable to all grades, all levels and all learning
styles and you can do it in the same room at the same
time. Not only that - the kids luv 'em. One
caveat I would add is that if you use Hands-On Equations,
go to a one day seminar that they offer. They really
show you how to maximize its use.
you are interested in trying to incorporate some of this
stuff, I've included a bunch of links to get you started.
resources are listed alphabetically. We'll add more
as we find them.
- THE SECOND BEST math teaching tool I ever
used. Kids love it.
- THE BEST math teaching tool I ever used.
Your Government - Get almost anything done online
- Lookup anything about anything. Good geocaching
and GPS info
good letterboxing site
- My favorite politically incorrect resource
| BBQ Math - Free online
- Very effective teaching model that I used
Create-A-Graph - Great online graphing program. Simple to
use but great graphs
The original letterboxing site
CIA World Factbook - One stop shop for current information
Zip codes, Area Codes - and a whole lot more for free
Tutoring - Online
tutoring anywhere via Skype
Practical tech advice for the not-so-tech types
Home to Street Atlas and Gazetteers
Park Service - Information about all parks, monuments,
historical trails, sites
- 90 day web pages for events, classes and other
short term uses
a place to bike and geocache
Diposable Web Tools - Protect your online identity
Free Practice - Good SAT prep, notes, exercises, exam
tips online and interactive
- Seek out nature's own geocaches
place to get to the bottom of urban legends
and other myths
and exploratory expeditions around the world
Action Alliance - Learn about
solar energy and how to get involved
| EdHelper - Great resource
with lessons, puzzles, logic games, skill review and
Technology Resources - Programs to improve instruction,
| Ehow.com - A very handy
reference for just about anything.
geocaching" similar to a webquest
The main resource for the geocaching community.
Coverage of the entire US with maps and aerial
University - Online instruction, helpful articles and
Find and download information on 42,000 trails in
Google Earth - The definitive mapping resource now
on geocaching. Good for travel and field trips
FAQ's - Condensed
information source on GPS receivers and navigation
Web Cams - From anywhere in
on a wide variety of technical subjects
knowledge hunt. Great for teachers or other group
GPSgames - Other activities with the GPS.
Great for traveling and exploring
More information, samples, instruction, workshops,
Online utility that manipulates, converts and
creates GPS data
games using GPS and real locations
Safety - Use the Internet safely. Deal with
cyber-bullying and other issues