Showing posts with label Strava. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Strava. Show all posts

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Plan Safe Routes for World Bicycle Day

Today is World Bicycle Day! By the time most of you read this I'll be on my way to Kansas to participate in Unbound Gravel 200, a 200 mile bike race across gravel roads around Emporia, Kansas. You don't have to punish yourself like I am this weekend to enjoy riding a bicycle. All you need is a bike, a helmet, and a safe place to ride. To that end, Google Maps and Strava can help you plan safe biking routes. In the following videos I demonstrate how you can use both of those tools to map safe bicycling routes. 





This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin and WayBetterSite. Featured image captured by Richard Byrne.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

How to Create a Privacy Zone in Strava

A couple of weeks ago I created a Strava group for teachers. Since then a few dozen people have joined an even more people have emailed me to ask questions about Strava

What is Strava?
Strava is one part fitness tracking app and one part social network. The idea is that you can use Strava to keep track of how much you exercise (I've use it to track biking, hiking, and skiing but it can be used for many other activities) and also use it to encourage your friends on the app by giving them "kudos" for completing their fitness activities. The app supports synchronizing data from fitness watches like the Garmin Instinct, Polar Grit X, Apple Watches ($49 discount right now on Amazon), and many other smart watches.

What's a Strava Privacy Zone?
Many people start their runs, walks, and bike rides at their homes or at their work places. To protect those locations Strava offers a feature called privacy zones. Privacy zones let you specify how close to home or work Strava will or won't record your ride, run, or walk. In this short video I demonstrate creating a privacy zone in Strava. In the example in the video I set a privacy zone of 3/8 mile around a specific address.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

For My Fellow Runners and Bikers...

As some of you know I'm an avid cyclist (6300 miles last year) and occasional runner (mostly when I've lost my mind). I keep track of all of my activities in Strava. The other day I was on my bike when I got the idea to create a Strava club for teachers who are interested in giving kudos to each other for running, cycling, or exercising in some form. So that's what I did. I created a public Strava club simply titled Teachers on Strava. It's a public club so anyone can join. 

What's Strava?
I'm glad that you asked. Strava is an app for recording your fitness activities including cycling, running, hiking, swimming, yoga, and many other fitness activities. Strava also has a social networking component in which you can give "kudos" to your friends for completing an activity. You can also share pictures of your activities if you wish. There are other elements to it, but the basics are recording activities and giving kudos to your friends. 

The Teachers on Strava club
I don't have any plans for it other than being a place where teachers can connect with other teachers who also like to run, bike, swim, and generally exercise. School administrators, you're also welcome to join. 

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Plan Safe Running, Walking, and Biking Routes With Strava

Strava is an app that I use to record data about my bike rides and runs. There is a social component to Strava that lets you follow your friends and give them "kudos" for completing a ride or run too.

You can use Strava without planning a route, but if you're going to a new area or you're just the type of person who likes to have a plan then you'll want to use the route planning feature. The route planning feature in Strava will automatically measure distance, calculate elevation changes, and give you an estimate of how long your route will take to complete.

Watch my video below to learn how to plan a safe biking, running, or walking route with Strava.

Monday, May 25, 2015

What Strava Taught Me About Why Kids Love ClassDojo and Digital Badges

Warning! Small humble brag ahead.

This morning I set out on my bicycle to complete a challenge that I had accepted on Strava a couple of weeks ago. (Strava is an app for tracking running and cycling activities. It also has a social networking component through which you can give your friends kudos for their rides and runs). The challenge was to ride 100km or more in a single, continuous trip. I finished it 3 hours and 24 minutes later. It was my first metric century ride.

I recorded the ride in the Strava app on my phone then crashed on my couch to recover from the ride. A minute later I heard an alert on my phone and expected it to be a friend giving kudos on the ride. Instead it was Strava congratulating me and telling me that I had unlocked the Gran Fondo challenge award. The award is the right to purchase a cycling jersey commemorating the achievement. At $120 and in a color I would never wear, I passed on the purchase opportunity. Nonetheless, I was stoked to have the opportunity. That's when I realized that the way I feel about Strava is the way that students feel about ClassDojo and other services that have digital badges/ recognition.

For a couple of years I've had teachers telling me how much they and their students love ClassDojo. I never got terribly excited about it. I understood that kids liked seeing a record of their points for classroom behaviors, yet I didn't understand the excitement that some kids express in earning digital recognition. I felt much the same way about ClassBadges. My experience today gave me a new understanding of digital badges. It's not about the badge. It's about the feeling that comes with the badge.