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ERIC Number: EJ895045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Technology Works in the Outdoors
Zita, Adam
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v20 n2 p8-10 Win 2008
Technology is all around us and no matter how hard educators promote the value of outdoor and experiential education (OEE) to adults and children alike, they are pulled away by a different reality--one might say, a virtual reality. Even when one is engaged in the outdoors either through a night hike or a stream study, technology is lingering there, in the backs of their minds. By today's cultural standards, what is the definition of technology? Is it things that go beep, buzz, and blip? Is a compass a form of technology? There are benefits of integrating technology, such as a Global Positioning System (GPS), into OEE. By using handheld GPS units, educators can connect a generation of learners to nature through a medium they already understand and embrace. This article illustrates how the author developed a GPS program by tying the curriculum to this technology with school-based learning. The program is called "Adventures in Conservation" and its objectives include: learning to read and program a GPS handheld unit; demonstrating knowledge of a GPS by following an orienteering course; and investigating and discussing various issues in conservation. The benefits of this activity are quite obvious: It gets people outside, and time spent outdoors strongly correlates with increased physical activity and fitness in children (Foster and Linney, 2007). Education for curriculum and community is a key value in OEE as learning is more meaningful and effective when students can draw connections between their studies and the world around them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada