Let's welcome a new week with yet another addition to our expanding educational technology vocabulary. This week, let's discuss location-based services.
Location-based services are based on the mobile network's infrastructure of triangulating your position. Moreover, it also uses GPS to be more accurate. Location-based services (LBS) then use this information to give you a better experience thru different apps. These apps, in turn, can search - either actively or passively - and advise, the best possible course of action based on your location.
Another example of location-based services are promotional apps. For example, you are near an area where there is a sale for one of the apps' partners, you are then alerted of the promotion.
The driving point of location-based services is to bring products and services to the right people, at the right, at the right location.
So, how does LBS relate to educational technology?
I would have to say that the biggest use of LBS for edtech is through augmented reality. (you can read our post on Augmented Reality here). Augmented reality is based on LBS and Big Data that allows somebody to just 'point and learn.' I haven't heard of any LBS augmented-reality learning apps/tech as of the moment, but if you do know of one please please please kindly share it with us through the comments section below.
Here's a short video from our friends over at Ericsson explaining how location-based services are a vital component to our networked society.