ERIC Number: EJ1044884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Getting Students Outside: Using Technology as a Way to Stimulate Engagement
Boyce, Carrie J.; Mishra, Chandrani; Halverson, Kristy L.; Thomas, Aimée K.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v23 n6 p815-826 Dec 2014
Informal environments provide students with unique experiences that allow them to actively participate in activities while promoting a positive attitude toward and an increased interest in science. One way to enhance informal science experiences is through the integration of mobile technologies. This integration is particularly useful in engaging underrepresented students in learning science. Our informal environmental science program engages underrepresented, fifth-grade students in an informal learning environment supplemented with mobile tablet technology (iPads). The purpose of this study was to explore how fifth-grade students interacted with nature using mobile technology during a nature hike series. Participants included 55 fifth-grade students from two low-income schools. We found that students used the mobile technology to explore nature and stay engaged throughout the hike. The iPads were used as references, data collectors, and engagement tools. Students had an intense desire in returning to the site and responded positively toward interacting with nature. Prior research has indicated that students in this age group are likely to lose interest in science and the incorporation of field-friendly technology that engages students with nature, not technology alone, is a useful tool for keeping students interested in science.
Descriptors: Science Education, Telecommunications, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Low Income Groups, Outdoor Education, Technology Integration, Natural Resources, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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