Re: geocaching with visually impaired students
- I'm the parent of a blind kiddo. I've taken her caching with me a few times just to get her the exercise. Geocaching just isn't her thing. However, that wouldn't mean it's not something other blind kids (or adults) wouldn't like to do. So Woo Hoo to Holly!
I've seen a few caches where braille was part of the puzzle, but I have never seen a braille printout of anything from GC or any other caching website, so I don't know how useful that would be.
I think Mrs Captain Picard has a cache at Inks Lake that you have to feel the coordinates. They're not in Braille, but it is non the lass tactile. Maybe someone could make a puzzle that takes you to Braille coordinates (yeah, I know who that someone is in my area - ME - but what about in Austin?).
I'll end with a what doesn't work story. I helped out with a Scouting event where they had teams of scouts hide caches in a defined area. We found out real quick why there is a 528' rule and a reviewer. We could have gone less that 528', but with no reviewer, kids were hiding caches some times literally at the same spot.
EWB - Tom
--- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, Holly Cooper <cooper.holly@...> wrote:
> My partner and I do geocaching together, and have taught some workshops
> about it to teachers of students with visual impairments and orientation and
> mobility specialists. We work as educational consultants for students with
> visual impairments. There have been some GPS devices designed for use by
> blind and visually impaired people, and we have been exploring using these
> for geocaching, as a fun motivating way to get kids to use the GPS. This
> past weekend we went up to the DFW area to an event called the Visually
> Impaired Sports Extravaganza and set up a set of 5 geocaches on the grounds
> of the high school campus where this was held, and did geocaching as a demo
> sport. Our technology had some problems, one of the devices worked, but we
> couldn't get a speaker and microphone that could be shared by more than one
> person (it uses voice input and output) another device that has keypad input
> and voice output wasn't functioning we think due to the rechargeable battery
> not holding a charge. We had printed instructions (like a scavenger hunt)
> which did work, and kids worked in small teams with a parent or teacher. It
> seemed a little lame to us, not having more than one GPS, but everyone loved
> it. Teams went around and punched a card for each find and then came back to
> the table and got to pick from the swag. Even the teenagers had fun and
> liked the silly toys.
> I'd love to hear about events and clever caches, puzzles, activities, etc
> that you have done at events either with kids or novice cachers. (Please
> don't send me links, I've read a bunch online already and spent a lot of
> time reading things that weren't very helpful.) I know scout groups and
> summer camps have done geocaching and similar activities, so I'd love to
> hear what worked and didn't work for you.
> Holly Cooper/Earthenborn