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Augmenting Learning

  • Kieron Sheehy
  • Rebecca Ferguson
  • Gill Clough
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Part of the Palgrave Macmillan’s Digital Education and Learning book series (DEAL)

Abstract

Is there water on Mars? Today’s learners do not need to check a book— they can receive the latest updates on their computer or a handheld device. “My lidar laser has spotted snow falling from above,” tweets the Mars Phoenix lander. This is not static information, but part of an open conversation. “Do they have foggy mornings on Mars?” is one follow-up question (@S_in_washington, 2008). The interplanetary exchange continues five minutes later: “The snow I see above (a couple kilometers above) is water snow. And yes, @S_in_washington, I’m having foggy mornings too,” replies the distant robot (@MarsPhoenix, 2008). A remote world becomes more comprehensible, and thousands of people all over this world learn something new, something that inspires new questions, interest, and enthusiasm that continue even when the robot falls silent, a victim of the Martian winter.

Keywords

Global Position System Augmented Reality Informal Learning Social Presence Collective Intelligence 
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© Kieron Sheehy, Rebecca Ferguson, and Gill Clough 2014

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  • Kieron Sheehy
  • Rebecca Ferguson
  • Gill Clough

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