New Teacher Tools: Geocaching and Education


first_imgLouie Bliss and Foxfire working the Geocaching BoothTeachers say geocaching can be a powerful learning tool that involves critical thinking, hands-on learning and active engagement.Over the past few years, geocaching has become more commonly used in the world of education. Now Geocaching.com offers more help to teachers who incorporate geocaching in the classroom. Geocaching.com just released a  Geocaching and Education page to provide educators with a range of useful resources. Geocaching.com employees, known as Lackeys, are also attending education conventions to spread the word about geocaching in the classroom.Teachers have traditionally created their own material to incorporate geocaching into geography, math, science, history, English, and physical education curricula. The passion to use the activity in school has become so great that we over at Groundspeak are now actively partnering with teachers to better support geocaching and education.Just this past week, Lackeys smelly_kelly, Foxfire, Louie Bliss, Katie-b, and bethany_b attended the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Convention in Seattle, Washington. The conference featured more than 50 booths and hosted more than 3,000 attendees. The Geocaching.com booth proved to be a great success as geocachers and non-cachers alike stopped by to learn about the activity and how it can be used as a teaching tool.Geocaching and EducationThose working the booth were pleased with the number of teachers already using geocaching in their classrooms. It was equally encouraging to see how many teachers plan on incorporating geocaching into future lessons.According to Lackey Louie Bliss, “people were really impressed that we have a brand new section dedicated to Geocaching and Education. Most people had heard of geocaching and done it themselves, but many had never thought to teach it to students. They walked away really excited to try it.”Lackey’s found that both students and teachers are using geocaching to teach a variety of subjects. “We had a number of science teachers discuss how they plan to co-teach with social studies or geography teachers,” said Louie Bliss.smelly_kelly and Louie Bliss with a 10-foot astronautCheck out the education forums if you are interested in posting questions, ideas, sharing curriculum, and more. The forums are a fabulous way for teachers to learn from one another and for Groundspeak to learn from teachers.Resources available on the Geocaching and Education page include educational screencasts, geocaching videos, a link to the Intro to Geocaching PowerPoint Presentation, and a link to the education forums. SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Finds Its Way To the ClassroomAugust 4, 2011In “Community”Teaching Geocaching and a Lackey to Complete a 5/5November 22, 2011In “Community”How Dr. Polley, edu-cacher extraordinaire, incorporates geocaching in his classroomOctober 28, 2015In “Community” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Highlighting RAND Research – Enhancing Military-Civilian Medical Synergies


first_imgThe purpose of the Enhancing Military-Civilian Medical Synergies study (2016) was to assess the state of Army medical practice in civilian facilities and identify opportunities for greater synergies. The study introduces the fact that there is a distinction between medical care demands in combat settings and the needs Army medical treatment facilities (MTF) located within the United States, which justifies the need for military medical professionals to operate within civilian hospitals, trauma centers, operating rooms and intensive care facilities.Due to the difference in services provided domestically, there are many benefits to MTF-based care providers providing direct care within civilian facilities. One type of agreement allows for MTF-based care providers, mostly physicians (typically surgeons), to provide direct care to Military Health System beneficiaries at civilian hospitals; there are similar resource-sharing agreements with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers; and, at some locations, Army MTFs share medical resources with other services in multiservice markets. These arrangements are largely intended to improve the timing, quality, and efficiency of care for beneficiaries, but they also help military medical professionals maintain clinical proficiency. Other agreements enable military medical personnel to provide care to civilian patients, in a training context.The study found that of 28 Army MTFs, 13 have agreements for military medical personnel to provide care in VA or other civilian facilities. The most frequent reason for these agreements are to serve beneficiaries and meet routine proficiency maintenance needs. Often these agreements allow medical personnel to practice types of care not offered at a MTF as well as access training for medical readiness needs and deployment-related needs. Common themes from both military and civilian stakeholders are that these agreements are mutually beneficial. Benefits include access to quality care for patients; opportunities for Army medical practitioners to be exposed to industry best practices in civilian facilities; access to medical technologies that might not be available in MTFs but used more commonly in civilian facilities. Military personnel also cite good community relations as a benefit.Many factors contribute to the MTF’s decision about how and where they can best meet their various mission related requirements. In situations where MTFs have made agreements with civilian facilities, each MTF develops its own business plan based off of an assessment of the local profile and alignment with the needs of the MTF personnel, as well as cost considerations. Considerations for selecting a facility may include: patient mix, infrastructure, service, equipment and cost.A conclusion of the study recommended further enhancement of military-civilian medical synergies including identifying potential untapped opportunities for MTFs to utilize external practice, analysis of the cost and efficiency associated with further agreements, and if warranted bases on the analysis, encouraging the expansion of these agreements to include a wider range of Army medical professionals and medical teams. This week’s Friday Field Notes features another study from RAND, Inc. The Army Surgeon General has asked RAND Arroyo Center to assess current Army medical practices in civilian facilities. Just as with the last study from RAND, we are very excited to see that there is this level of interest as well as sponsorship for assessment of military-community partnerships! We’d like to highlight a few key points from the study as well as connect you to the full article. We’re happy to see that this type of synergy is taking place and proving to be beneficial for both stakeholders, and hope that these type of agreements continue to develop! For full access to this study, check out RAND’s publication site, which can be found here!last_img read more

Amend outdated tourism Act, demand Goa hotel owners


first_imgThe Goa Small and Medium Hoteliers Association of Goa has said that unchecked online room aggregator services, mushrooming illegal guest houses and wholesale liquor shops doing unchecked retail business were the bane of Goa’s tourism. At a press conference here on Monday, president of the association, Serafino Cotta, demanded that the Goa Tourism Trade Act be amended to check and regulate most of these ills. He also blamed lopsided regulation and a unresponsive State Tourism Ministry being busy selling “refrigerators to Eskimos”.The medium and small hoteliers held poor management of the tourism industry responsible for declining footfalls. “There is a sharp drop in arrivals. Instead of looking to arrest this fall, the Tourism Ministry is going to travel marts in countries which hardly have any interest in Goa. They are visiting international markets where the officials have a good holiday,” alleged Mr. Cotta. Mr. Cotta said the biggest problem encountered by them was unregulated accommodation, which he said accounted for nearly 85% of all accommodation in the State. “Illegal conversion of second homes into boutique hotels and bed and breakfast ventures is bleeding the genuine hotel industry. These outfits get liberal licences under an antiquated Tourism Trade Act , do not pay adequate taxes, tariffs as per hospitality structure and thus deny a level playing field for medium and small hotels, and eventually cause a loss of revenue to the State,” said Santanio D’Souza, secretary of the association. “Online room aggregators with their aggressive pricing have also driven the room prices down making it difficult for small and medium hotels to survive. At the same time the low prices has promoted ‘cheap tourism’,” said joint- secretary Pifran Fernandes. Mr. Cotta also demanded a ban on wholesalers of alcohol being given retail liquor licences, which he said, had triggered an unhealthy trend of tourists drinking in public places leading to nuisance. “People buy drinks from wholesale liquor stores, which are cheap and start drinking on the streets and just litter the surroundings and beaches. Goa is projected as a destination where alcohol can be purchased even in a supermarket,” Mr. Cotta said.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd legend Robson praises caretaker Solskjaer


first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Robson praises caretaker Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Bryan Robson has sung the praises of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Robson has been with the squad for their warm-weather training camp in Dubai this week and praised the way Solskjaer is getting the best out of them.“Since he’s come into the club he’s been really positive with what he’s been saying and the way he wants the team to play,” said Robson.“The atmosphere seems to be really upbeat around the squad and they’re enjoying the type of work he’s doing. “Obviously, winning five games on the bounce is great for confidence and put a smile back on everyone’s faces.” last_img read more

5 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde pleased with De Jong after victory over Eibar


first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde pleased with De Jong after victory over Eibarby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was happy with Frenkie de Jong’s performance after victory over Eibar.De Jong played a key part in the victory and was applauded off by the home fans when he was substituted.”He’s having a great start to the season,” Valverde said about the midfielder.”We’ve seen that he gives us a lot for the strength that he has, as much in attack as in defence.”This is why the crowd recognised him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN Releases New College Football Power Rankings After Week 5


first_imgESPN power rankings for teams ranked 2 through 4 for week 6 of the season.The Coaches Poll received a major shakeup, and the AP promises to do the same after a wild week five, but neither replaced the nation’s top team. ESPN’s College Football Power Rankings, however, did just that. After struggling at Indiana, Ohio State falls a few spots, replaced at the top by Utah, which continues to benefit from its dominant Oregon win. The Big 12 powers Baylor and TCU also look good, after both put up points in bunches on Saturday.Here are the full rankings: Utah New HelmetTwitter/@UtesEquipment1. Utah2. TCU3. Baylor4. Ohio State5. Clemson6. LSU7. Michigan State8. OklahomaT-9. Texas A&MT-9. Florida11. Alabama12. Northwestern13. Florida State14. Notre Dame15. Stanford16. Ole Miss17. MichiganT-18. UCLAT-18. USC20. Georgia21. Oklahoma State22. Iowa23. Cal24. Boise StateT-25. TempleT-25. HoustonHow did ESPN do this week, fans?last_img read more

Expo gives small business tips


first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – About 1,500 people are expected to attend the Small Business Calgary Expo Thursday.It features 150 exhibitors and is billed as Alberta’s largest business to business expo.There are two keynote speakers: Kristen Wood, founder and CEO of The Ten Spot, and Justine Barber, co-founder of Poppy Barley.On the Digital Tools Stage, 15-minute rapid-fire sessions are designed to give tips on how to transform and grow a business.The expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the BMO Centre.last_img read more

Lowes to close 31 locations across Canada


first_imgHome improvement retail giant Lowe’s has announced it will close 31 locations — mostly under the Rona banner — in Canada.In a release, the company said the stores being closed are under-performing.“While decisions that impact our associates are never easy, the store closures are a necessary step in our strategic reassessment as we focus on building a stronger business,” Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO, said in a statement.“We believe our people are the foundation of our business and essential to our future growth, and we are making every effort to transition impacted associates to nearby Lowe’s stores.”Three stores in the GTA have been marked for closure: two Rona locations in Mississauga and the Lowe’s at Centrepoint Mall.In total, there are 31 sites that are closing: two regional support centers, a truss plant, a block plant and 27 stores. Within those 27 stores there are 24 RONA stores, 1 Reno-Depot store and two Lowe’s locations.Lowe’s said is expects to close the impacted stores by the end of the company’s 2018 fiscal year — Feb. 1, 2019.There has been no word on how many jobs will be lost due to these closures.In addition to the 31 Canadian locations, Lowe’s is also planning to close 20 locations in the United States.It was just over a year ago that Lowe’s bought fellow Canadian home improvement retailer Rona.For a complete list of locations in the U.S. and Canada that will be closing, click here.The story above was updated to reflect incorrect information related to the Canadian closures.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu IT dept seizes Rs 148 cr bribe cash linked to


first_imgChennai: The Income-Tax Department Wednesday seized Rs 1.48 crore cash stashed allegedly by supporters of TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK party to bribe voters in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district, where an assembly bypoll is scheduled Thursday. Unaccounted cash worth Rs 1.48 crore was seized. It was neatly packed in 94 packets and envelops on which the ward number, number of voters and the amount of Rs 300 per voter was written, I-T Director General (investigations) B Murali Kumar said, after the overnight raids concluded at 5:30 AM. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “All these wards are within the Andipatti assembly segment which is going to bypoll tomorrow,” the officer added. Kumar added that the premises belongs to a functionary of the AMMK party. Infact, the AMMK party office functions from the ground floor of the premises, he said. The department will send a report on the operation to the Central Board of Direct Taxes, the policy-making body for the tax department, and the Election Commission in New Delhi, a senior official said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The tax department had launched a search at a store Tuesday night following inputs about suspected cash being stashed at a location. During the raids, police had to open fire in the air to disperse supporters of the AMMK ( Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam) who objected to the action. The tax official said the “sworn statement of the person present on the premises was recorded and he said that Rs 2 crore in cash was brought in there for distribution to voters in Andipatti panchayat union area on April 16.” Describing the raids, the official said initially a group of party workers overpowered the flying squad persons, comprising district EC authorities and I-T officials, standing guard outside the premises. The workers allegedly also broke open the door and snatched some cash packets. No one was injured in the firing, a senior official said. Four AMMK volunteers were detained in connection with the incident. The miscreants dropped some cash packets and fled with a few. The remaining cash in 94 bundles (Rs 1.48 crore) was seized by the department along with the envelopes, he said. A postal ballot paper for Andipatti assembly by-election, which was already marked for an AMMK candidate, was also found on the premises and seized, he said. Photographs of the store clicked by the sleuths showed bundles of Rs 500 and some of Rs 2,000 notes. The district collector and the Superintendent of Police reached the spot and supervised the security, the official said. The district police has filed an FIR against a number of persons, he added. Tamil Nadu votes on April 18 for the Lok Sabha as well. Earlier, the Election Commission countermanded election to the Vellore parliamentary constituency on charges of illegal cash being used to lure voters there.last_img read more

Uniteds foundations at risk unless Ole Solskjaer rids club of weeds


first_imgLondon: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said prior to the humiliating 4-0 thrashing by Everton there would not be wholesale changes to Manchester United personnel in the close season, but Gary Neville, for one, believes he should think again. United’s millionaire stars such as Paul Pogba and David de Gea put up a display described by the British press on Monday as “abject”, “an apology” for a performance, with the team derided as being generally “rudderless” and “spineless”. However, whilst it came five years to the day when a 2-0 defeat by the same opponents cost David Moyes his job, it is not Solskjaer who is being targeted but the under-performing Pogba and his team-mates. The World Cup-winning midfielder, after a series of encouraging performances when Solskjaer first assumed the reins in December, has returned to being the non-existent presence so often the focus of Jose Mourinho’s ire — although it was the Portuguese coach who was sacrificed. His and Nemanja Matic’s failure to shore up midfield has been a contributing factor to United’s miserable run of six defeats in their last eight games and five successive away losses — their worst run on the road since 1981. Seldom can a Manchester derby — they host title-chasing City on Wednesday — have been less eagerly anticipated by United fans. Neville, United to the core and an integral member of Alex Ferguson’s side that accrued eight Premier League crowns and two Champions League trophies, was excoriating in his criticism of the players. “If you’ve got weeds in the garden, you’ve got to get rid of them,” said Neville, who has become a respected pundit for Sky Sports. “There’s some Japanese knotweed at that football club and it’s attacking the foundations of the house. It needs dealing with properly. “I don’t need to name names, you know who they are.” Former England international midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who has also turned to punditry since hanging up his boots, turned on the players as well.The 36-year-old said such is the negativity in the team that even the younger talents have been sucked into the vortex of supine performances. “They showed no heart, no desire and no will to win. They were woeful,” Jenas wrote in his column for the BBC website. “Everyone was guilty. “Even Marcus Rashford, who has got one of the best attitudes of anyone at the club, got sucked in by what I would describe as a vacuum of negativity.” United fans may be wondering if the board jumped the gun in giving Solskjaer the job on a permanent basis — as the subsequent results appear to be reflective more of his unsuccessful stint in charge of Cardiff. Indeed, just as his and the team’s fortunes have dipped, the man who was seen as his major rival for the job has seen his stock rise. Mauricio Pochettino’s star has sparkled again thanks to Tottenham’s epic win over Manchester City in the Champions League. But Neville has been slow to criticise his former team-mate Solskjaer. The man dubbed ‘Red Nev’ after he led a players’ strike with England due to their anger over Rio Ferdinand being dropped because of a missed drugs test, took to the barricades when another unloved former United boss, Louis van Gaal, criticised Solskjaer a few weeks ago. Van Gaal said Solskjaer was like Mourinho in parking the bus and relying on the counter-attack, only he was more popular because the results were going in his favour.last_img read more