GPS Technology in the History Classroom

As all teachers know before the holidays is a trying time in the classroom. So this year I wanted to incorporate a lesson that was active, engaging and fun for students. My intent was to to keep kids thinking and learning, even with the excitement of Christmas looming in the background.

So, as a history teacher I decided to incorporate what we were studying in class which was WWI and develop a way to get them up, moving, and engaged.  The plan was to make the lesson similar to the movie National Treasure and have them moving around the school looking for clues and deciphering the main points of the lesson as they progress through the various locations. The learning target of this lesson was to have the students understand the main reasons the United States entered WWI.

In this lesson students will decipher various clues and then create a memo outlining to President Woodrow Wilson why our country should enter into WWI. Three of the locations they would find using just clues and two they will be required to use a GPS device to find some grid coordinates. Initial response to this lesson was very positive and students really enjoyed themselves. Will post more on this lesson and student reaction in future posts.

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