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The GPS Class: Global Positioning Systems, Map, and Compass
This portal provides access to lessons and information about using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in education. Materials include ideas for teaching and using GPS in educational curricula; websites, books, and other tools; and information on how to set up and use a GPS reciever. There is also information about setting up and using a compass with a topographic map and on converting GPS coordinates for use within a Geographic Information System (GIS). A section on Geocaching and Earthcaching provides tips on how to incorporate GPS treasure hunts into educational curricula and learning about Earth's environment and processes. Sample Geocaching courses are included.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Portal:
    • Government
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
Slide presentation requires Powerpoint
Some documents require Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: USGS-ED-000-000-000-008
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'The USGS and Science Education: Educational Resources'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Educational Resources

Contact: Joseph J. Kerski
Educational Resources
United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Contact: Phil Stoffer
Educational Resources
United States Geological Survey (USGS)