A constructivist learning experience using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology was conducted with second and third grade students in a public elementary school in Cupertino, California. The students made a map of their school by recording location information with handheld GPS devices and then graphing the data. The effort, performed by three classes of 20 pupils each, seemed to help students gain intuition about the abstract relationship between maps and the physical spaces that maps represent. The experience also seemed to help students grasp complex concepts such as the accuracy of their data, the scale of their maps, as well as the utility of using technology to perform data collection and analysis.



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