The Disappearance of Location-Based Learning

Assorted Stuff, Jan 07, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

So Tim Stahmer cites a piece from a Wired article that says "the future of technology is not really location-based apps; it is about making location completely unimportant." And he rephrases: "the future of school is not really location-based learning; it is about making location completely unimportant." But... this is wrong. Take maps, as an example. In one sense, being able to access a map on your mobile phone means that maps are no longer location-based; you canm access them anywhere. But on the other hand, location is really important when you're using maps - because you need not just the cartography, you also need to know where you are. It's the same with learning. If you're not in a Buick, the Buick-based lessons probably won't apply, but if you are in a Buick, then they're exactly what you want. In which case, you may as well locate the app inside the Buick.

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