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Mastering Mobile Learning by Chad Udell

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Chapter 40Maps 3.0The New Route to Learning with Social Geospatial Data

Jim Ferolo

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Portability, ubiquity, and connectivity—three affordances of mobile devices—have created a new learning platform that is distinct from all our other educational tools. But a fourth built-in feature of mobile devices—the generation of geospatial data—is transforming learning in ways we are just starting to imagine. In a 2012 interview, Jeff Jonas, IBM distinguished engineer and chief scientist, Entity Analytics, described geospatial data as “analytic superfood.” “Geospatial data,” he says, “is going to rip the lid off what’s computable.”

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