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United States : New York

1.2 miles (1.9 km) W of Manlius, Onondaga, NY, USA
Approx. altitude: 188 m (616 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 43°S 104°E

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: GPS in Hand at the Tree #3: Pond & Golf Course Aross the Road #4: Geocache -- Confluence Marks the Spot

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  43°N 76°W (visit #3)  

#1: The Confluence Tree

(visited by Anton Ninno)

09-Feb-2002 -- As previous visitors have discovered, this confluence is in the woods, and just across the road from the Cavalry Club golf course. While the area is posted, I doubt anyone will mind a quick visit. The signs are most likely there to discourage hunters, and to prevent dumping.

After placing a "geocache" at this confluence point back on April 14th, 2001, I have been enjoying the log reports posted by players on my geocaching.com clue page. Bob Spafford, the first confluence visitor, has a link to that geocache clue page at the bottom of his confluence page. If you'd like to read the clues and players' logs, go here: Confluence Marks the Spot

As a K-12 technology integration trainer at OCM-BOCES I have been showing teachers now to use GPS and mapping software to create student activities for math, science, and social studies. Jim Kuhl, a teacher at Central Square Middle School, and I have presented GPS workshops at state and national conferences, including NECC (National Educational Computing Conference), NYSCATE (NYS Assn for Computers & Technology in Education), and STANYS (Science Teacher Assn for NYS).

On March 15th I will present a GPS workshop for social studies teachers at the NYSCSS 2002 Convention here in Syracuse (New York State Council for Social Studies). The first Web site I show teachers when I introduce them to GPS is yours. The wonderful photographs here, the delighful stories, and the well-designed site never fail to impress them. One look, and they're ready to grab a GPS and head out the door!

Here's the local newspaper story that mentioned our use of GPS technology, degree confluence points and geocaching for instuction: On the Map - Syracuse Post Standard, Oct. 3, 2001

The Degree Confluence Project is an excellent model for educators for teaching geography at all levels. Geography can be a theme for integrating language arts, math, science, and social studies. When you think about it, almost anything we study in school has a location. GPS coordinates can be added to a map, used in student projects, added to PowerPoint presentations & webpages, and used to communicate locations by email. GPS is being used in the G.L.O.B.E Program, which is now active in nearly 100 countries (G.L.O.B.E - Global Learning to Benefit the Environment).

Keep up the good work! Teachers everywhere thank you!


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence Tree
#2: GPS in Hand at the Tree
#3: Pond & Golf Course Aross the Road
#4: Geocache -- Confluence Marks the Spot
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)