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  1. Hello everyone, As a Spanish teacher at a local high school, I'm looking at ways to enhance my classroom time, and I think geocaching would be a great addition. (I don't think y'all would disagree!) I told one of my friends about geocaching, and she immediately went to work on incorporating it at her school in another part of the state. Her efforts there have caught the public's eye, and she has made several presentations about geocaching and education, she has gotten $1,500 in grant money for GPSs and other things, and she even won Teacher of the Year, and I'm sure that her efforts with geocaching helped her in that regard. That being said, I have just written a grant proposal through Donors Choose, which is a place where anyone can donate to educational grants. You can search to find schools in a certain area, you can do a keyword search if you're wanting to donate for a certain item, and much more. The site will show you some information about the school, most notably how much of the school is low-income. My high school is 30% low-income. My grant proposal can be viewed here: http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=181445. As you can see, I am only asking for 3 Magellan eXplorist 100s, as we will only be using the GPSs on campus for right now. (Later, I plan on starting a geocaching club that will do things off-campus, but I'll need some time implementing the GPSs within my classroom first!) As you might can tell, the $500 total seems high, but there are other expenses besides just the 3 GPSs, such as paying DC.org staff, providing a camera for me to take pictures and send out as thank you notes, etc. If you would be willing to donate to this grant, my students and I would greatly appreciate it. Each donation is tax-deductible, of course. I'm asking you, as the geocaching community, because I know you have experienced first-hand the joys of geocaching, and I hope you'll trust that I will use your money in a way that will enrich many students' educations (and, by extension, their lives)! If you have other GPSs that you'd be willing to donate, I would welcome those, too. I'm really excited about the possibility of providing these opportunities to my students. Feel free to pass this word along to other people, too. I'm looking for all the support I can get. Thanks for your time and your generosity! Beav <Moving to "GPS in Education" forum>
  2. Whoops! It helps to read the entire thresd before posting...
  3. You also cannot log them through webcam caches...bummer...especially since I enjoy accuracy...
  4. Or...we could just have a tool that calculates mileage for everyone if they so desire... That would save all the drop/grab stuff with TBs, and would allow people to use TBs for their intended use.
  5. It's just a virtual drop'n'grab to log mileage. (Just like there's no place to drop bugs in some caches...but the option is still there.)
  6. The same is also true with Earthcaches...
  7. But isn't the TB parked in the virts a problem of the virt owner? Can't they do something about it? And is it really a "problem"? Coins and bugs stay parked in events for long after the event...
  8. Long answer - Search any member's found/hidden caches and see if they're within your search range...?
  9. Is there a way to search for geocaches and have archived caches included? (Or, is there a way to see any geocache that has ever been in an area?)
  10. One complaint I do have is the inability to log TBs through webcam caches. "That's silly, though," you're probably thinking. Yes, but is it not equally as silly that one can log TBs through virtual caches? It is possible to log TBs through virtuals, events, and even nanos that are physically unable of housing a TB. Why can't you log a TB through a webcam cache? The reason I bring this up is because, like many other cachers, I have a TB dedicated to tracking my mileage. Whenever I visit a cache and am logging it into the computer, I do a virtual drop'n'grab of the bug so that I can keep track of the minimum distance I have travelled while caching (up to almost 13,000 miles now!). I ran into a snag when I was trying to drop my bug in the webcam cache in San Antonio at the Alamo (GCHH18). What I did was to find the closest non-webcam cache to said cache and logged my TB through there. In this case, the nearest cache was within a mile away, but this may not always be the case. I think my request to enable this feature would be a quick fix and would not cause any problems (and would alleviate any disgruntled anal people like myself!). Thanks!
  11. Hey, I was just wondering if there was a way I could see the most recent cache posts nearest to my home location.
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