Educaching: Review

Kids running around outdoors, a high tech GPS and an amazing game of hide and seek.  This can’t be educational, can it?

Educaching says, yes it can.  The idea behind Educaching is simple, hide various caches around your yard or a local park,  have the children search for them using a GPS and make the whole activity educational by using Educaching’s lesson plans.

Educaching is a teacher’s manual designed to train you to bring GPS technology into the classroom, or out of it as the case may be.  With lessons plans for students grade 4-8, teacher training,  and information about Educaching Clubs and activities, it includes everything that you  need to implement this program into your homeschool.

Educaching includes 21 different lesson plans covering math to PE and language arts to social studies.  They are organized into three  levels so that as your children become familiar with the equipment they will continue to be challenged. The concept is simple and once you work through some of the prepared lesson plans you should be able to adjust and use this program with any of your regular subjects.

What we thought:

Our GPS unit did not have some of the necessary features for fully utilizing the Educaching program.  We were using a basic GPS unit that we have for our car and while we could save a location as a favorite, we were unable to enter coordinates or retrieve coordinates a necessary part of the lessons.  We were able to adapt some of the lessons for use with our GPS, but our unit merely got the children into the general area of the cache and then they had to search for it as in hide and seek.

I like the idea of Educaching and was impressed at the variety in the lessons.  One lesson had the children play a game of kickball.  They were to plot the playing field with the GPS and then record the location of each kick.  Back inside the children work with the data that they gathered, figuring the range from the longest to the shortest kicks and the mean kick distance.

This would make a good addition to any homeschool program as long as you’re the type of mom that would plan and implement this on a regular basis.  It does take some set-up and preparation.  Our family would use this in the most simple form, but would probably rarely do the more advanced lessons.

Pros:

  • Fun for the kids.  Who doesn’t like going on a “treasure” hunt?  Even if you simply hide math problems or history review questions around the yard, this is an exciting activity.
  • Flexible – You can adapt this and make it as complex or simple as you wish and cover any type of subject or material.
  • Wide variety of fun lesson plans
  • Works with multi-levels

Cons:

  • Outside preparation – could be a problem if you have all small children
  • Some of the directions in the lesson plans seem difficult to follow.
  • Requires a GPS unit (and not the one from our car).
  • Weather
  • Many of the lesson plans are written for group participation.

Educaching: GPS Based Curriculum for Teachers is available for $32.

For my other homeschool reviews visit the Review page.

Wonder why we have 10 kids? How we homeschool them?

Educaching sent me a free copy of “Educaching: GPS Based Curriculum for Teachers” to enable me to complete this review.  All opinions expressed are my own and I’ve not been otherwise reimbursed for this review.

This post is included in the Homeschool Curriculum Review Roundup.

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4 Responses to Educaching: Review
  1. Tiffany
    October 22, 2009 | 2:11 pm

    I am so excited to have stumbled on your site! I am homeschooling my firstborn this year – preschool. What a delight it is! I will love having your blog as a resource! {grin}

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  2. Gapgirl
    October 22, 2009 | 3:07 pm

    VERY interesting. My older kids would just LOVE this as long as its not too pricey! Thanks for the honest review!
    XoxoGapGirl

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  3. Dawn
    October 22, 2009 | 3:51 pm

    If you enjoy the concept, check out Geocaching. There are no nifty tie ins with other lesson plans, but you can learn a lot about map reading, GPS usage, and geography. You will be the amazed at the geocaches that are hiding practically in your backyard. You can find coordinates at http://www.geocaching.com/ . We have used this site and started finding some of the caches.

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    Raising Olives Reply:

    I think that as our children get older this will be something that we would all enjoy.

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