What is Geolocation?


Everything on the Earth’s surface has a location that can be expressed with just two coordinates. Using new classes of geolocation tools, it is very easy to determine and capture the exact location of physical objects — and even to capture the exact locations where photographs and video are taken. It is also becoming easier to work with geolocation data: it can be plotted on maps; combined with data about other events, objects, or people; graphed; charted; or manipulated in myriad ways. Indeed, such data are leading to entirely new forms of mapping. Our devices increasingly have the ability to know where they are (and, consequently, where we are), and to routinely record our coordinates as we take photographs, talk to friends, or post updates to social networking websites. The transparency of this group of technologies — increasingly embedded in all sorts of devices — is making them very much an essential part of our lives. Recent advancements in mobile apps leverage geolocation so that users may learn more about a site they are visiting, or discover other people or places in their vicinity, making the areas surrounding them new and dynamic spaces for learning.

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  • I have been interested to look into how to use technology to make it easier to learn about maps and geography. I have also thought about how to include mobile devices into tasks concerning hiking in the nature. I have found one app that enable you to create qr codes dependent on your geographical location. The app is called qrafter pro This gives some interesting educational possibilities. One idea that I have is that instead of making "nature trails" where the teacher has to place the tasks in the nature in beforehand, you can create for instance a padlet where you place different qrcodes for location in and then the pupils shall investigate these locations and they can be given tasks in form of qrcodes on the spot.- sven.o.brekke sven.o.brekke Nov 29, 2014
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