Original Press Release
Vernier's 'Connected Science System' Expands Sharing and Analysis of Scientific Data
Press release date: June 27, 2012
Using wireless technology, LabQuest 2 broadens the ability to share data to mobile devices for collaborative learning in STEM classrooms
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- To further support hands-on, collaborative learning, Vernier Software & Technology created the Connected Science System, a networked collection of technology that expands the ability to use data collected with Vernier's recently released LabQuest 2. With the Connected Science System and the built-in wireless connectivity of the LabQuest 2, STEM educators and students now have new ways to share and analyze data using mobile devices, including iPad®, iPhone®, Google Chromebooks(TM) and Android(TM) devices.
The Connected Science System encompasses three major features - Graphical Analysis(TM) for iPad, Vernier Data Share(TM), and LabQuest Viewer - that support a collaborative learning environment. "The Connected Science System and LabQuest 2 expand the possibilities for data sharing and analysis in the classroom, in the field, and for students completing lab reports at home," said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier Software & Technology and a former physics teacher. "Building on the robust data-collection capabilities of our original LabQuest technology, we chose to engineer for the future and the potential that new technologies bring to science education, while ensuring that we support all classrooms, from those using older computers to those using the latest mobile devices."
Graphical Analysis for iPad allows students and teachers with iPad to receive sensor data in real time from the LabQuest 2 and then analyze, annotate, and save that data on the iPad. Data can also be manually entered for unlimited graphing and analysis opportunities. This app is available for purchase at an introductory price of $2.99 on the Apple iTunes store.
The Connected Science System includes Vernier Data Share which comes with the LabQuest 2. This web application allows educators to wirelessly broadcast sensor data to one or more devices from a LabQuest 2 interface. Using any device with a compatible web browser, students access the Data Share web app to analyze, either in the classroom or at home, an individual copy of the data on their own device. By allowing students to analyze data via a web app, Vernier Data Share supports a variety of mobile devices and classrooms adopting a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model.
The LabQuest Viewer software allows users to view and control the LabQuest wirelessly (or via USB) from a Windows or Mac computer. LabQuest Viewer can be used in conjunction with a projector or interactive whiteboard to share the LabQuest 2 screen with an entire class. This allows an educator to demonstrate the different functionalities of the interface and allows students to share or present their work to classmates. LabQuest Viewer may be purchased from Vernier for a $49 site license for an entire school or college department. The site license also covers students' computers.
To learn more about the Connected Science System and LabQuest 2, visit www.vernier.com/css.
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 31 years. Focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Vernier is dedicated to developing creative ways to teach and learn using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With world-wide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier products are used by educators and students from elementary school to college. Vernier's technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, and build students' critical thinking skills. Vernier's business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit www.vernier.com.