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What technology can be used with environmental education? Learn what technology is, how we relate to it, history of social media and some great sites to help you with your EE programs.

What technology can be used with environmental education? Learn what technology is, how we relate to it, history of social media and some great sites to help you with your EE programs.

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  • Can we critically evaluate the technologies we are using
  • Can set up Google Alerts to track topics in your field Ex: #wildlifeKlout or Peer Index for an idea of how many followers are actively engaged in your tweetsSample activity: Set up campaign centered around favorite species. Help research their species and smear other species. Could dub campaign #species campaign. Tweet about their species, etc.


  • 1. What is Technology?• Cultural artifact (useful)• Artificial aid• Capability not inherited
  • 2. What is 21st Century Classroom?• In 13th year, already living in future• Don’t know what learningenvironment will look like• Organized to deliver education thatinhibits rather than encouragesinnovation
  • 3. Technology LiteracyCultural: Pay attention to theculture in which literacies aresituatedInformation redacted from Doug Belshaw
  • 4. Technology LiteracyCognitive: Must considermore than how we usedevices and programs but theway we think when usingthem.
  • 5. Technology LiteracyConstructive: Strive to use inreflective and appropriateways
  • 6. Technology LiteracyCommunicative: Digital toolschange the way wecommunicate. Need to takecommand of that structureand use effectively.
  • 7. Technology LiteracyConfident: Must have courageand confidence to dive intothe unknown, take risks, andmake mistakes when “messingaround” with new tools.
  • 8. Technology LiteracyCritical: Involves anunderstanding of how to dealwith hyperspace and hypertext,understanding it is not all reador spoken.
  • 9. Technology LiteracyCreative: Requires educatorswho are willing to take risks.Civic: Must use technology toimprove our lives and the livesof others.
  • 10. Old Model• Field trip• Collected data• Returned to the classroomto use
  • 11. Possible New Model• Field trip• Collected data• Use QR codes or TangibleFlags• Tablet or iPad
  • 12. GPS or Geo-caching• Assessment tool• Reflection tool• Photostory• Hide and Seek• Solve a Puzzle
  • 13. iPad/Tablet Apps• Creekwatch• Audubon Sampler• iBirds• MyNature Animal Tracks• Drip Detective
  • 14. Corestandards.org
  • 15. Energy-related Games
  • 16. Games—Atlantis Remixed
  • 17. Ding Darling NWR Explore the Blue Challenge
  • 18. Bucket Buddies – Citizen Science
  • 19. Media Builder—Concept Mapping, etc.
  • 20. Website Resources —Digital storytelling
  • 21. Storytelling—clpdh.org
  • 22. Web-based Activities
  • 23. Web-based Activities—Web Quest Maker
  • 24. EducationalVideos and Lessons
  • 25. Ecosystems — Maps andMulti-media Resources
  • 26. History of Internet & Social Media1971 First email1991 WorldwideWeb1994 First PersonalBlog1996 Early SearchEngines-Ask2000 Wikipedia2001 Meetup2003 MySpace2004 Facebook2004 Flickr2005 YouTube2006 Twitter2007 Tumblr2008 Groupon2009 Foursquare2012 Pinterest
  • 27. Twitter TweetsGoogle AlertsExample: #wildlife
  • 28. Blogging
  • 29. Blogging
  • 30. Search Enginefor Learning
  • 31. Digital Timelines
  • 32. DigitalDocuments Library
  • 33. Meetup
  • 34. Foursquare—Locations,recommendations,travel sites, etc.
  • 35. Mashable---Internet news blog, shows trends
  • 36. Whenever technologyapproaches a barrier,new technology willcross it.