Published in ED-MEDIA Worldwide Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications Proceedings: Lugano, Switzerland, June 21, 2004, pages 4837-4841.
Used with permission from the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Publisher website: http://www.aace.org.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Louis Rosenberg, was affiliated with Santa Clara University. Currently, January 2008, he is a faculty member of the Department of Graduate Studies in Education in the College of Education at California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo.
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.