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Announcing a partnership with Crowdsify to fuse iBeacons with learning

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At the moment everyone involved with iBeacons is experiencing a platform in constant flux and evolution - its an exciting time, especially for educators who see new tools to support linking the wave of digital devices now deploying in schools and universities with real, physical locations.

As I've been experimenting from the learning side with Estimote, Nomi and Gymbal beacons as well as apps like Beecon and Beacondo, so have many developers been working to get new types of apps ready to capitalise on what a well-supported beacon-ecosystem can make possible. One of these developers is Crowdsify who have been active on twitter and especially on the ground in Europe deploying location and proximity services that leverage iBeacons. After chatting with them over the last few weeks I'm now pleased to announce a collaboration project where we can bring their expertise and my education background together to build something new.

It's early days, but our specific focus is looking at how an iBeacon app looks when adapted for educational needs. We want to build something that is at once a first class demonstration of the possibilities of tools like heat-maps and notification triggers, as well as a an app that can be used to directly support classroom and training sessions.

Look out for much more on this project and what we learn very soon...

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Shared iBeacons knowledge base

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COLLABORATIVE CHALLENGE

As is this is a new field, my challenge to everyone is to collaboratively share what we are learning - and to back this up I have created an online Pages document where educators playing in this space can share their knowledge. 

You can view the results of what has been created so far HERE.

> Contact me if you'd like to join in adding to the doc    

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Interesting student attendance use for iBeacons

BeHere is an iBeacon app exploring how the bluetooth location capabilities of such a deployment might be used to automate student attendance. An interesting idea, though as the commentators at this iDownload article point out, there are several issues need to be addressed also such as privacy, students swapping devices or deleting the app etc.

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5 great iBeacon learning ideas

As we are still in the very early days of exploring the use of iBeacons, beacons and motes in education, I've been scouring the web for ideas and examples to share. Today I came across this short but valuable slidedeck from LearningLab - in it you will find the beginnings of 5 iBeacon learning ideas - enough to trigger some thinking in the right direction on where bluetooth proximity-triggered beacons might take us.

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