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?

  • Unsupervised site visits based on a virtual tour/learning materials provided by the educator. - JamieMadden JamieMadden Oct 5, 2010
  • Seems as if this would be a natural extension of one long-standing educational warhouse: the field trip. Can't even begin to count the number of times when long hikes in isolated areas have become learning experiences akin to the field trips of our youth: pulling out a field guide helps us learn about the flora, fauna, and topography which surrounds us, and location-based services simply takes this to a different level through the use of newly developed (and developing) technology. A second, more contemporary example: the award-winning SmartHistory website (http://smarthistory.org) shows us how location-based services--short online lessons about artwork we may be viewing in a museum--can turn individual or group field trips in the digital age into even more sophisticated learning opportunities than were previously available to us. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Oct 16, 2010

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • There is a close relationship between this topic and augmented reality. Both rely on geolocation and many applications would fit in either category.- billshewbridge billshewbridge
  • another response here

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • certainly a way of making learning easier, ubiquitous and instant; the same goes for getting in contact with like-minded people or learners; personal data protection might be an issue, though - helga helga Sep 30, 2010
  • Campus tours, students will have more interaction with their environments and surrounds. - JamieMadden JamieMadden Oct 5, 2010
  • another response here

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

http://smarthistory.org/ (an online ever-growing resource that delivers learning opportunities, via mobile devices, to those viewing artwork in museums throughout the world) - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Oct 16, 2010