The intersection of hand-held mobile digital technology and environmental education
(EE) is a relatively new and unexplored concept. Thus, there is little information on how
to effectively incorporate the use of iPads ® (tablet computers) in an EE setting. The
purpose of this project was to write curriculum designed to take advantage of iPad
technology to enhance middle school students’ ecological and local cultural historical
knowledge and their nature awareness as they studied various aspects of a local
watershed. The curriculum covered a wide variety of topics such as using your senses,
nature journaling, aquatic macroinvertebrates, and local cultural history. This project
resulted in recommendations for including iPad applications (apps) that may strengthen
portions of local watershed lessons. Techniques for more effectively incorporating this
technology are suggested for teachers, in both formal and non-formal educational
settings. By implementing the curriculum using iPad technology, educators will learn
skills and methods to help students become more engaged in learning outdoors.
A field project submitted to the faculty of University of Minnesota-Duluth by Sheila G. Fillmore in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Environmental Education, 2016. Committee names: Ken Gilbertson (Chair), John Geissler, Julie Ernst, Terrie Shannon. This item has been modified from the original to redact the signature present.
Fillmore, Sheila G.
iPaddle - Incorporating the Use of iPads ® into an Outdoor Education Curriculum.
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