Locating my Global Position

Locating my Global Position

Monday, June 06, 2011

Learning GPS Skills


Having doubled the latitude/longitude of my geographic location this week, it has become quite apparent that changes  in latitude and longitude result in significant changes in the world observed around us. After locating our position this morning (see GPS coordinates below), we began learning to set up an observational study site. I found many similarities between today’s activities and the “Life in a 1-meter Square” activity my students completed this spring. With summer fast approaching, consider giving this activity another try with a little added technology to the mix.

INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY: Observations In Your Corner of the World
Use a handheld GPS (Global Positioning System) to locate your “place” in the world. Many of the smart phones also have GPS included in their software so finding yourself is much easier today than it was decades ago. (Maybe that’s why so many of us were lost in the 60s and 70s….) Once you have established your coordinates, draw or write what you see around you. Use all of your senses as you learn to fine tune your observation skills. What do you see, hear, smell, feel?

Ms. Sutton’s GPS Coordinates: 64.85898 N; 147.85018 W
Ms. Sutton’s Altitude: 203.6 meters above sea level

COMING TOMORROW: Answers to many of your Alaska Questions.

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