A group of Penn State Researches and IT Staff are deploying technology that will make trees, rocks, and caves, talk to us. This interactive way of learning was founded by Susan Land and Heather Toomey Zimmerman as associate professors of education at Penn State and the leader of the project.
The technology that is deploying is iBeacon. iBeacon will turn The Arboretum at Penn State into interactive places of learning for children and their families.
This project is inspired by Groninger Museum, including the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State — that have been using iBeacons to enhance visitors’ experiences. As in the museum, museumgoers have to download the museum app. Once they downloaded the apps, as they explore the museum, the apps activate when they are near an iBeacon and display content relating to whichever exhibits are close by.
“While there’s ample opportunity for learning at The Arboretum, it’s not always visible to youth and families visiting the space,” said Land. “We want to use technology to make the most of this space and other places like it.”
The Arboretum at Penn State is now a place for interactive learning. Land and Zimmerman hope with this interactive learning, it will light up children and families interest in plant, trees, and natures.