This podcast is an interview with Thomas Steele-Maley, the Director of Academic Technology and Innovation for GEMS World Academy – Chicago, discussing mobile digital ethnography, place-based learning, and inquiry learning. GEMS World Academy is launching now (in fall 2014) and this summer elementary students (in grades 5-6) have been participating in inquiry-based ethnographic activities as urban explorers. Students are using a mobile app on iPad Air tablets (Fulcrum) to collect field notes which include text, images, and video. These media artifacts are uploaded to the cloud via the native Fulcrum iOS app with geo-location information. Later, those artifacts can be accessed and shared via KML files opened in Google Earth.

Show Notes:

  1. Thomas Steele-Maley (@steelemaley)
  2. GEMS World Academy – Chicago (@GWAcademyChi)
  3. Fulcrum Mobile Apps
  4. Lakeview Elementary Storychasers (Yukon, OK)
  5. Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places by John R. Stilgoe
  6. Google Earth
  7. About Public Labs
  8. Hashtag for GEMS World Academy Summer Explorers: #GWAexplore
  9. Fuel for Educational Change Agents (Wes’ secondary podcast channel)

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