Designing outdoor learning spaces with ibeacons: Combining place-based learning with the internet of learning things

Heather Toomey Zimmerman, Susan M. Land, Chrystal Maggiore, Robert W. Ashley, Chris Millet

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Abstract

This paper presents a collective case study of learners using mobile technology to engage in place-based science learning in an Arboretum. Our work investigates how proximitybased computing mediates youth's engagement in scientific observations and conversations in their Appalach ian community. Wedraw up on theory from infor mal learning, place-based learning, and context-sensitive educational technologies to inform the research. Data from 26 children in a summer camp program include log files, field notes, and video-records. Our findings illustrate how an iBeacon system supported children's playful and scientific engagement (including in observational practices). We provide insights into designing for learner-centered mobile computing that moves beyond presenting just-in-time information to creating digital-physical spaces where learners engage each other and natural objects to support their interests in science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings
EditorsChee-Kit Looi, Joseph L. Polman, Peter Reimann, Ulrike Cress
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages942-945
Number of pages4
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355083
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Jun 20 2016Jun 24 2016

Other

Other12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period6/20/166/24/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Zimmerman, H. T., Land, S. M., Maggiore, C., Ashley, R. W., & Millet, C. (2016). Designing outdoor learning spaces with ibeacons: Combining place-based learning with the internet of learning things. In C-K. Looi, J. L. Polman, P. Reimann, & U. Cress (Eds.), 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 942-945). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).