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Location, Location

Location-aware devices hold promise for learning (simple things like walking past an old building and being able to see – on your phone – images of the building as it was being constructed, notable events, a history of ownership, even real estate listings for similar buildings). Location awareness comes with a privacy issues. Most of us have been gently lulled into a gentle complacent demeanor on privacy issues – we need one of those “big incidents” to focus our awareness on what we are revealing in our blogging, networking and tweeting.
How big are GPS and location-awareness technologies going to be? A few thoughts:
Location-based dating
Inside the GPS Revolution: 10 Applications That Make the Most of Location: “Inside the GPS revolution it’s more than maps and driving directions: location-aware phones and apps now deliver the hidden information that lets users make connections and interact with the world in ways they never imagined. The future is here and it’s in your pocket.”
I am here: “The location-aware future—good, bad, and sleazy—is here. Thanks to the iPhone 3G and, to a lesser extent, Google’s Android phone, millions of people are now walking around with a gizmo in their pocket that not only knows where they are but also plugs into the Internet to share that info, merge it with online databases, and find out what—and who—is in the immediate vicinity…Simply put, location changes everything. This one input—our coordinates—has the potential to change all the outputs.”

3 Comments

  1. Jeff wrote:

    William Turkel gave an interesting talk a few years ago about some place-based learning he has been doing with History students: http://tsc.blogs.uwo.ca/?p=12 May be of interest.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Permalink
  2. Breanna Hite wrote:

    I’ve been a science fiction fan much of my life, and it’s moments like these when I really see the future coming to life before my eyes. Augmented reality here we come! It’s so exciting to think of all the applications of this sort of technology.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Permalink
  3. Dave Smith wrote:

    over the past few years I have experimented with the use of 2d bar codes for education (formal and informal)…using a visual code for each object and forming an association by connecting via a mobile device (with its own unique number) we end up with a relationship i.e. the object is able to tailor the content delivery to your requirement, language, learning level etc…location is one aspect along with object and activity

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 2:41 am | Permalink