What are Location-Based Services?

Location-based services provide content that is dynamically customized according to the user's location. These services are commonly delivered to mobile devices, but can also be accessed from other portable computers, handhelds, or any Internet-capable device. Current common applications for location-based services include advertising, news, social networking, and similar services. An increasing number of mobile applications are taking advantage of the built-in geolocation capability that is increasingly a standard feature in mobile devices. Information about nearby buildings, landmarks, or other fixed features is commonplace; a growing use of location-based services is to locate people nearby — people known or unknown to the user — who share interests or experiences in common. Educational applications for location-based services are currently along the same lines, delivering relevant place-based information and allowing easy geotagging of captured data. Media such as photos and video, as well as the simplicity of geotagging, will be important aspects of location-based services as they continue to develop.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Location-based applications fosters out of the classroom learning. It's very useful for linking the theoretical concepts learnt in the classroom with the infrastructures around the city. - Sergio Sergio Jul 21, 2012
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Location-based services are not only relevant in terms of the users location, but also the location of other learners (and hence their relative locations). Consider, for example, applications that can support the formation of ad hoc learning teams based on awareness of learner co-location. - David.Lowe David.Lowe Aug 9, 2012
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on STEM+ education?

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • LeARnEngineering is an collaborative augmented reality project to learn engineering concepts on the field, such as renewable energies. Students can add their own information to certain locations including links to more detailed information. The app can be used from Layar: http://m.layar.com/open/engineeringuned/ - Sergio Sergio Jul 21, 2012
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