Tuesday, November 16, 2010

chirp! for geocaching

We haven't seen a product like this before and since it's targeted to geocachers, thought we'd share it: a wireless geocaching beacon.  At the very least, it could serve as an "intelligent" geocache, perhaps at its best, it could better allow those with low vision to have a better geocaching experience.

from the Garmin website:

chirp is a one-of-a-kind wireless beacon designed specifically for the outdoor adventures of geocaching. Affordable, durable and waterproof, chirp can communicate with, and be programmed by, any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld (sold separately). chirp stores hints, multicache coordinates, counts visitors and confirms the cache is nearby. chirp is password protected and has a battery life of up to one year.

Get & Store Hints

chirp detection screen (on an Oregon)
Trip computer screen showing chirp detection indication on dashboard (on an Oregon)
chirp can be programmed by any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld to store geocaching hints and other information. When other geocachers arrive near your cache, they’ll be alerted that the cache is nearby, and then they’ll be able to access the hints you’ve loaded into chirp. And when you return, chirp will tell you how many visitors have been to your cache.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

CAST 2010: A Picture's Worth a 1000 Lessons

We'll be in Houston, TX for the Texas Science Teachers' Convention CAST!  The presentation is Friday.

Code:  WS2184

Today's cameras are truly tying more data together in rich and meaningful ways. When combined with GPS locations these tools can really be powerful data collection devices to do investigations. We will cover how to get your pictures position information, how to store this information, what to do with geotagged images once taken and finally how to best use them as class room tools in many different sciences. It won't even have to come out of your science budget!

Audience:  Teacher / Pre-Service
Grade Level:  Middle School
Content:  Earth / Space Science / Life Science
Start Time:                    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Scheduled Room:         362 AD

Updated 11/15/2010: Session PowerPoint now available for viewing or download via Google Docs.