Create virtual field trip using myTracks Android phone and linking to Google Maps.
Mytracks (Googles hidden gem)
MyTracks is an application for your AndroidTM phone that enables you to record GPS tracks and view live statistics – such as time, speed, distance, and elevation – while hiking, biking, running or participating in other outdoor activities. Once recorded, you can share your tracks, upload them to Google Spreadsheets and visualize them on Google My Maps.
Need an android GPS enabled phone.
Once you have completed you track/field excursion, you can then send your maps to Google My Maps.
Google my maps:-
Once you have created a map, you can:
- Add descriptive text, including rich text and HTML
- Embed photos and videos in your map
- Share your maps with others
- Collaborate with others New!
- Import KML or GeoRSS to your map New!
- Open it in Google Earth
At each marker point, you can add (formatted) information, pictures and links. This would be useful for descriptive points student could refer to prior to or after a field trip.
You can add photos to your map, as long as they are hosted online, use a service such as Google PicasaWeb to put your photos online.
I have found it best to use panoramio to store and embed into Google Maps, the reason being that Augmented Reality apps such as Layar can be used to view these photos in an “augmented way”.
If you want to make this into “Augmented Reality Trip” (i.e by using the Layar app) be aware it can take several weeks for uploaded pictures to be vetted and made public.
Example of Virtual/Augmented Reality Fieldvisit Nant Ffrancon, North Wales