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Technology and outdoor education: Some experiential possibilities

by Lecturer at University of Canberra on Jan 13, 2010

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There is a philosophical tension in outdoor education about the role of technology. On one hand, outdoor educators seek to distance participants from technology in order to provide “a place ...

There is a philosophical tension in outdoor education about the role of technology. On one hand, outdoor educators seek to distance participants from technology in order to provide “a place apart”. On the other hand, most outdoor education programs rely on a growing plethora of outdoor and safety gear, electronic navigation and communication, and transport technologies. Despite this, outdoor education tends to be somewhat unadventurous in its pedagogical use of technology. Instead, we might experiment with a wider spectrum of technologies (from low tech to high tech). By considering possibilities from across the technological gamut – e.g., from survival programs (low tech) to urban challenges with mobile electronic devices (high tech) – we might enrich our understanding of outdoor learning processes and engage different types of participants.

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  • jamesmcmillan1447 James McMillan at Lagganlia Centre For Outdoor Education I am currently involved in a teacher education program (Outdoor Education) and there is a massive push to embrace ICT in teaching within outdoor education. However at this stage of technological advancement, while ICT and Web 2.O tools can be used as a means of reflection, it is simply not practical to take your Iphone or laptop kayaking, sailing, or rock climbing. While a three dimensional fly through map online will clearly help a group of students plan a 5 day exped. the reality is that you would not send students away with a gps and no map and compass. If you had to choose between the two you would always take the map and compass just as any experienced yacht skipper would choose a sextant and chart over a gps.
    ICT and Web2.0 does have its place in education and more so I believe as students move toward tertiary education. But what must be recognized as we interface more and more we loose the development of interpersonal skills.

    While Technology has made us safer in and more comfortable in the outdoors it also has issues. Safety can be compromised by technology. I recall reading a court case where a dive instructor or facility was found negligent as the instructor was taking pictures while supervising a group of novice divers. The Instructors attention to safety was impaired and a diving accident happened.
    Furthermore while the concept of students recording the natural environment with there $100 lap tops is great I would question the level of connectedness this creates. Connectedness with the natural world not the internet.

    An area that I feel must embrace a technological age and ICT is sustainability education. The old ways are not effective and as new technologies develop so with sustainable living and education.

    Outdoor education is at the crossroads! On one hand the aims of outdoor education 1) Leadership, but is following the arrow on your gps leadership? 2) Personal socio development, but is a virtual camping experience a suitable substitute for the challenge of 2 students assembling a tent in the wind and rain? 3) Interpersonal skills, but does ICT really develop Interpersonal Skills
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