What's Your ECOpedagogy?-Paul Kelba

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True Environmental Education with Mobile Devices

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  • 1. What’s Your ECOpedagogy?Environmental Education with Mobile Devices-Paul KelbaCalgary Board of Education ISTE 2013
  • 2. “Uneasy Bedfellows”–James NeillIntimateTensionTechnologyTechnologyEnvironmental & OutdoorEducation
  • 3. Inevitable Mobile Learning
  • 4. A problem with outdoor experience &technology is students are used as ‘dumb’data recorders. There is a lack ofemotional connection• Most effective when learning takes placeon-site in the school yard, and in the localcommunity and environment.• Learning focuses on local themes, systems,and content.• Learning is personally relevant to thelearner.• Learning experiences contribute to thecommunity’s vitality and environmentalquality and support the community’s rolein fostering global environmental quality
  • 5. Mobile device is the ‘all in one’• With simple software(Geoforms for googledrive) data can be plotted,analysed and presented ina different way. Using off &online freeware andshareware.• Students can produce avariety of exciting andinnovative diagrams fromtheir raw data.• ANALYZE PATTERNS INDATA SYMBOLS
  • 6. Urban Adventures• Document at least 3‘interconnections’ among someof the places/systems (naturalor human made) in yourcommunity• Document some of yourfavourite places on your walk,and describe why you like theseparticular places.• Document some of the placeson your walk that you did notlike, describe why you did notlike these particular places.GEOFORMS FOR GOOGLE DRIVE
  • 7. Sustainable Living• Do you think that someone whois very concerned about theplants and animals in your areawould agree with your opinion?• Do you think that someone whois very concerned about theeconomy would agree with yourchoices of likes and dislikes?• Do you think that someone whois very concerned with thehealth of the humans in yourcommunity would agree withyour likes and dislikes?• In general, do you care aboutthe place that you walked?
  • 8. Sustainable Living• Where does yourdrinking water comefrom?• Where does the waterfrom the storm drainnearest your house gofirst?• What is the name of theclosest creek, river, lake,etc. to your house?• What is the source of thewater?• Where does the waterdrain into?• Where does the waterfrom your toilet go?
  • 9. Evernote is essentially anote-taking tool whichis available as a desktopand mobile version. Thedata gathered in eitherversion can besynchronised across thetwo platforms and thefunctionality of Evernotecan be fully exploitedwhen both versionswork in tandem
  • 10. Fieldwork AdventuresTumblr:• enables students to commenton blog posts and interactwith each other’s audio, video,text and images. It negates theneed for a dictaphone, videocamera, digital camera andnotebook due to.
  • 11. "Understanding basic ecological concepts (and their meaning in our dailylives) is too important to leave to a chance meeting or a talk.“-Steve Van MatreCapture – Create -SynthesizeEffective Environmental Education withMobile Devices includes the local school yard& community environment at the forefront
  • 12. Student Tasks on tablets/modilesMicro-field guide:• Groups of 3 or 4 students worked together toinvestigate their own 3 by 3 foot (approximatelyone square meter) research plot, over multiplevisits, and then created a imovie field guide totheir plot.Local Field Guide• contains two main features. First, studentsincluded geological information about local sites– describing the geological features. Secondly,students explained the underlying geologicconcepts that contributed to local occurrences.
  • 13. Energy audits:student findings from energy audits at schools city andrecommend a variety of initiatives that the school should takein order to lower its carbon footprint and reduce energycosts.
  • 14. Fieldwork AdventuresPolldaddy:• questionnaire out into the fieldand survey people without theneed to connect to the internet.This is particularly useful where3G coverage may be poor andWi-Fi is unavailable. The usercan conduct the survey ‘offline’,then when they return to a 3Garea or Wi-Fi enabled zone, thedata will automaticallysynchronise to the onlineversion.
  • 15. Outside•Technology is not theantithesis of the naturalworldInside•The indoor environmentis the antithesis of thenatural world
  • 16. Effective Environmental Educationwith Mobile Devices includes:EmotionalConnectionApp’s Fieldwork
  • 17. Are We Enhancing or Transforming?The SAMR model, developed by Dr Ruben Puentedura, aims to support teachers as theydesign, develop and integrate learning technologies to support high levels of learningachievement and student engagement. C/O @jackiegerstien
  • 18. Outdoor Learning Programs withMobile Devices?• SequentialActivities• Commonoccurrence• ‘Sense of Place’• Joy in the naturalworldA sensory walk, commonly 10 minutesw/o tech ends up taking over an hourdue to the rich documentation withdevices
  • 19. Field tasks are essential for all good data collection;but, by employing exciting and innovativemethodologies it can enhance learning, increaseinterest and understanding of the study topic, andultimately lead to greater participation in the subject.
  • 20. Make them feel alive"You can get lost in studies of what makeshealthy students-its about feeling fully alive"-Richard Louv-
  • 21. Slideshare and resourcesavailable on@FreshClassroomJoin the weeklyinternational gathering ofEnvironmental Educators onTwitterWednesday 9pm EST#enviroed