Sunday, January 2, 2011

Welcome to, a place where I can post tutorials and information about upcoming meetings for my soon to be real Geocaching Club at Folly Quarter Middle School.

In the future, I plan to affiliate with companies that provide geocaching equipment such as Otterbox containers, Geocoins, Travel Bugs, and of course, GPS units.

Check out and the associated Facebook page and Twitter feed.

WordPress for Clubs

One of my favorite hobbies to do in the warmer months of the year is to Geocache. Many of you may not have heard of geocaching before, but its a great way to get outdoors with a purpose. I like to hike, but sometimes just going for a walk is not motivating enough. With geocaching, you're looking for hidden things out in nature. There are a could different versions of geocaching: most notably traditional caching where other people hide small containers throughout an area and then post the coordinates online. Then people can post questions or comments when they have found the cache. There's also benchmarking which I have yet to really try, but instead of finding things placed by others,you are trying to find "benchmarks" placed by the USGS when towns and cities are built.

The idea of using technology to get outdoors has been gaining speed for the last ten years. There are 1,265,747 active caches and an estimated 4-5 million geocachers worldwide according to is the premiere website for geocaching in the US and also operates apps for the iPhone and Droid. Here is a link and screenshot to show the interact-ability of the website: You may have to log in to see the discussion board part of things, so here's a picture:

One of the reasons that I've written all this is because I want to show you a companion site for my website that I have created called I have used wordpress to create this blog. How does geocaching connect to my classroom you may very well be wondering?

Well, a few years ago for Outdoor Education, I created a 90 minute Geocaching 101 class for our 6th graders to learn how to use technology to get out into nature. Over the years, I've had students inquire about a Geocaching club (that would have to meet offsite of school grounds) and this website, Geocaching360 is the first step in making this affiliate club a reality.

After we read about Facebook in first grade, I made a post saying that I had contemplated the idea this past summer, but hadn't gotten it off the ground. Today I went onto Facebook to create a page for my class (not necessarily to use this year, but to see what it could be like next year). However, I didn't want my regular facebook account to be the host for my students, so I selected that I did not have a facebook account and put in my school email address (public to my students anyway). Facebook said that they were sending a confirmation email to the address given, but it never came.

I really do not want to use my existing account to host this page, but I have set up a temporary one to play around with it's features. I have invited some of my cohort-classmates to join so that I can learn about the conversation aspects of the group site.

Has anyone else tried to make a new Fbook account using a school email address and failed as I have?