Introduced in mid 2013 as a feature of iOS 7, Apple’s mobile notifications system iBeacon was created to help retailers notify in-store customers of particular offers or products. Now installed in a number of stores around the US, innovators are starting to experiment with other uses for this very personalised technology.
One educator, Paul Hamilton, has been doing some really interesting work creating “Learning Zones“, spaces that draw students in and link them to relevant learning material.
A huge part of engaging students is how information is presented, delivered and discovered. The concept of “Learning Zones” allows students to explore a physical space and locate information for themselves, taking this engagement to a whole new level.
What the beacon technology is doing, is bringing the students in. Drawing them into the learning experience.
In Paul’s library setup, there is a magical merging of virtual learning on the iPad, and using that engagement to encourage exploration of the physical space and it’s multitude of resources.
The students can sit around this beacon, be drawn in, and then actually access good book reviews and then go to the library and find out where they are.
Take a look at how Paul is using iBeacon to bring together digital and physical space within the school:
What are your thoughts on how iBeacon technology could change the way your students interact with the space around them? Can you see this technology working in your school, library or classroom?
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