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The Great Nature Project is a truly awesome project to explore nature and to share our discoveries, may they be microscopic or massive.
"The Great Nature Project is a worldwide celebration of the planet and its wonders. People of all ages are invited to appreciate nature by taking pictures of plants and animals in their worlds, and then sharing those pictures with the whole world.
We’re excited to be working on a Technology Strategy Board funded project during this year and the early part of this one.
Details are on the holding page of the project website
DISTANCE, a consortium for furthering education through advanced technologies, today announced its new “Internet of School Things” project. The £800,000 collaborative development, led by industry and academic experts, leverages the emerging power of the next great Internet paradigm, known as the Internet of Things, to develop innovative methods for teachers and students to take a more active role in creating and sharing digital content in schools.
DISTANCE, which was awarded funding for the project by the Technology Strategy Board’s “Internet of Things Ecosystem Demonstrator” competition, will initially work with at least eight schools across the UK to define how the Internet of School Things can enhance learning in science and other subjects, such as technology and geography. DISTANCE’s goals are to have students and teachers measure and share data—using new technology on the emerging Internet of Things—in ways that help make learning fun, link directly to the curriculum, and ultimately inform the design of the next generation of schools. In turn, this initiative will help incentivise UK businesses to collaborate with the education space around a technology market that analysts expect to be in the trillions of dollars, while setting the conditions to better prepare children with unique skills to work within the digital economy.
The consortium is made up of ScienceScope, Intel, Xively (formerly Cosm), Explorer HQ, Stakeholder Design, University of Birmingham’s Urban Climate Laboratory, UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, and The Open University Department of Computing.
DISTANCE will accomplish its goals by creating an information hub in the cloud using Xively Cloud Services™, an open and massively scalable cloud platform purpose-built for the Internet of Things. This will enable the consortium to identify the mix of incentives required to encourage educators, students and businesses to share certain types of data openly for the first time. The key innovation is the provision of a platform and service layer to connect schools with third-party service and application providers, who can then supply Internet-enabled measurement equipment and interpretation software.
The consortium plans to work with the schools on participatory design at the end of the 2013 summer term. Schools piloting the ecosystem will focus on four themes: transport, energy, weather and health. Over the summer, DISTANCE will be developing a range of exciting apps and visualisations of data that can be collected by schools, together with comprehensive curriculum-based activities for the schools to trial in the autumn term. Following these trials, the consortium will develop comprehensive resources using the Internet of Things that can be used at scale across the UK as the project moves into its second year.
For more information on DISTANCE, contact David Crellin, ScienceScope Ltd, +44 (0)1225 850020, email@example.com
For more information on the Internet of Things Ecosystem Demonstrator please go to:
We are currently playing with the idea of creating a Mission:Explore Workbook for schools. These would be available to buy as class sets, so that you can give a copy to each pupil. It would be a low-cost A5 or A4 black and white book full of missions that can be done in school grounds or very easily for homework.
Would this be of interest to you? If so… what would you like from it? How big would you like it to be? How many missions would you want? How would you plan to use it? Please comment below to let us know and we might just make it!
Something different this week for #GeoEdChat. On Wednesday we would like you to share a blogpost about an innovative lesson. Hopefully this will be a post from your blog about a lesson you are particularly proud of (good incentive to start a blog if you dont have one already!) or it could be a favourite post of someone elses.
At the end of the week I will write a post on here with links to all of these great Geography lessons so all can share and learn from them.
New from Mission:Explore!
“You are only 46238 minutes 14 seconds away from the wildest event of the year.
The Mission:Explore online Summer Camp is going to be 100 days of warped adventures, wild activities and daring challenges. Join the Summer Camp community and from June 1st you will be sent daily missions to explore the great outdoors, no matter where in the world you are.
Carefully crafted by our camp challengers, you will be sent missions to attempt by National Geographic, National Parks, the RSPB, Scouts, John Muir and other exploration experts.
Complete the daring missions outdoors and you will develop your expertise in Mission:Exploring and discover new things about yourself and the world around you. You’ll have some random fun and be able to pick up some rewards too.”
Perfect for children, schools, outdoor groups and parents to make the most of the summer and it’s free to join. Something to share!