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Google Field Trip lets you learn at your own pace...literally

One of Google's newest apps, Field Trip, is taking a different approach to online learning, this time on your smartphone or tablet.  Using placemarks curated by Atlas Obscura, Zagat, Arcadia Publishing and others, Field Trip shares the stories behind notable landmarks and historic places we pass by everyday.  Learn a little more as you keep to your regular routine.
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Downloaded this..still an early release, but works decent...paving the way for Glass? Can't help but wonder...
 
Now if Google would only hire a few people who actually TEACH something in higher education, and let them drive the project... instead of letting engineers run things... thereby creating yet ANOTHER Google product that is technically excellent, but essentially bombs with real people and the masses in the real world!

Oh well...
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Google, think also toimplement courses in Spanish. So many people in LatinAmerica wish to have free technical courses,like math,Office,etc.
 
Is it possible for users to submit content for the project and help build new field trips? We have a historical walking tour of Spuyten Duyvil that we currently use iPads with preloaded historical photos of the area, but this sort of tool would open it up to more participants. It would be really neat for small towns that might not be on the priority list for developers to be able to add their artifacts. 
 
Good points all...would love to see expansion of this, especially crowd-sourcing the same as Google Maps creator...
 
A few weeks ago I was in my home town, New Castle, Delaware, a small town with deep history. Unexpectedly, my Nexus 7 sent an alert from Field Trip with an interesting bit of local history. Is there any way for people to contribute to the Field Trip knowledgebase? 

The average age in New Castle is above 80, so it's not exactly a hotbed of technology. However, if the First State National Historical Park Act of 2011 ever gets funded, New Castle could become the headquarters for Delaware's first national park (currently the only state that has no national park). Since this little town goes back to the 17th century, there is a lot of local history that would be useful for Field Trip, and I would love to become a contributor.
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