As part of our ICT curriculum, we cover the global positioning system (GPS) and geo-tagging. In simple terms, these are markers of the coordinates (latitude and longitude) of where you are in the world.
How do you find out your current GPS coordinates?
Or take a photo on a mobile device and then go to view the picture’s details. The coordinates will be saved automatically.
What did the lesson consist of?
Firstly, I asked the students to research what GPS and geo-tagging was. We then came up with a class definition. It was great that a student recognized that Pokemon Go must use GPS to find out where you are.
Next, I gave the students this worksheet (download the PDF here):
They had to write the GPS coordinates for each location in the school.
Here is a completed piece of work:
For the plenary of the lesson, we discussed how the numbers changed and found out why. Then we looked at different locations around the world using Google Maps (just right-click on the location and select ‘what’s here’ – the GPS coordinates will appear).
Finally, for home learning, I challenged the students to find the town and country for the GPS coordinates 0 , 0 (I posted the task on Google Classroom – the class management system we use).
Have you done a similar lesson? How did it go? Comment below!