What is Context-Awareness?

Context-aware environments and devices, broadly being explored in experimental settings, are erasing the boundaries between people and the things they use. Already, mobile devices routinely make decisions based on contextual clues such as the user’s location and orientation or the date and time of day. Devices that sense temperature, ambient conditions, acceleration and movement, and much more are increasingly common.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Could this topic be merged with AR? The two are certainly connected and have similar educational value. - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 27, 2011
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • Can potentially be very useful indeed. For instance, learning trails can be designed such that various learning interactions can be triggered when the learner is near an identifiable artifact or at a specific location. It will require very well thought through scaffolding of teaching and learning interactions. - horncheah horncheah Feb 25, 2011
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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