Geo-Tagging tools


Geo-Tagging has grown rapidly as mobile devices have become more powerful. With many smart phones now having geo-positioning, an accelerometer (tilt sensor) and compass built in, accurate positioning and direction of view is made possible.

This section examines three of the many applications available. We have chosen these three for the potential use with learners. All of them require learners to have smart phones to draw out the real potential, although some work can be done on a desktop. All of them allow tags to be added and shared, although only one allows users to restrict tags to specificied users.

Geo-tagging allows users to tag locations with links to information, either as a web link, or as a message. In one case the tagging is done using short 1 minute audio messages.

Uses might include:
  • Tagging locations in advance of field trips and visits.
  • Provide a series of clues to create trails.
  • Tagging local centres, campuses, buildings to give students information directly to their phones.
  • Learners can tag locations that they might want to share with other students as part of collaborative project work.
  • Tagging local amenities with details of charges or opening times.
  • Tagging railway and bus stations with links to online timetables.