April 26, 2010
April 18, 2010
|It’s spring and while some people are cleaning out their yards or garage, geocachers are out checking on caches to see how they survived the winter. When you hide a cache to go on the geocaching.com network there is a level of commitment involved in checking on it and making sure it is dry, hidden properly, and not causing any damage to the surrounding area.|
|I have 8 caches hidden. Yesterday the snow finally melted and I headed out to check on my geocaches. I’d had some reports in the logs that things were missing or damaged.|
|Flip for Baker logs:|
|I went prepared with new cache containers, new log sheets, new pencils, and my GPS to check co-ordinates.|
|I had reports that one of my micro caches (about the size of your little finger just had a log sheet, but no container, sure enough, I found the log, very wet from the recent snow. I replaced the log and container and tucked it back where it belonged.|
|I had to replace a few more full logs, and several caches were just fine (they must have been good hides in the first place!)|
|When I got to the cache Saskatchewan it was completely gone, but I had my new tennis ball cache ready to go. I hid it in the lower branches of the tree so a “muggle” would think it was just a ball caught in the tree if they spotted it, but a geocacher would have a second look at it.|
|My last cache of the day was Flip for Baker which had several logs posted that no one could find it. I had a new cache, a plastic lock and lock container covered in camouflage duct tape (you can find it in the hunting and fishing section of hardware stores!), ready to go. When I got there, to my surprise, it was right where it should be. I had set the co-ordinates on a cloudy day, and I think this was sending people off in the wrong direction. I marked the cache, uploaded new co-ordinates, and it was found almost immediately!|
|Geocaching is a great hobby, but remember if you hide a cache take care of it or it just turns into litter. Happy caching!|
April 16, 2010
I’m starting a unit about chemistry and it is very vocabulary heavy, so I wanted to find ways to teach vocabulary that are interesting, but effective in reinforcing the terminology.
What I love about this lesson is that the technology is there, but it disappears to just become another engaging part of the lesson, not the focus of the lesson. The ideas here are nothing earth shattering or new, but when combined together they make for a very engaging, fun lesson, that really wakes up otherwise very boring topics.