iPads in Education – Enhancing student learning by Lynda Cutting

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

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There is no doubt in my mind that environmental learning for students of all ages happens best outdoors with hands on experiences but smart, nimble devices like the iPad are perfect to augment  a rich environmental studies program. They are ideal to document observations “in the wild” and enable students to quickly and creatively show their learning from hands on experiences. They could make animations, an iMovie trailer or stop motion videos to explain concepts or give voice to the photos they have taken to record an observation. Many great apps and field guides are available to deepen student understanding and knowledge. Environmental games can challenge and inspire and even provide virtual experiences for things that are sometimes a little tricky to experience first hand.

 

FIELD GUIDES

iPads are perfect to go mobile with, take them outside to document and explore the natural world. There are a number of
outstanding field guides available to help students identify flora and fauna.

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FieldGuide to Victorian Fauna from Museum Victoria

 

Frogs Field Guid from Museum Australia 

 

 

Wetlands Bird Guide from Birdlife Australia

 

 

Field Guid to Pest Animals of Australia from Museum Australia

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 12.22.09 pmProject Noah

This app is supported by National Geographic, and is aimed at encouraging students to explore the environment. They are encouraged to observe wildlife around them and collect data using a simple point-and-shoot system and are awarded digital patches as they progress. The thing I like is that although it can be done individually students can also collaborate
in groups or as a whole class.

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 12.34.53 pmBee Friendly

This is another app that encourages the concept of the citizen scientist like Project Noah. This is an English project and the information if officially uploaded goes to scientists at the University of Sussex. BUT, I think it is still a very worthwhile app for Australian schools (or anywhere else for that matter). It is a very user friendly way for students to take pictures of insects, classify and record their findings and simple save them within the app.

 

 

lifeA Life Cycle App  $1.99

A great little app that shows the life cycles of a range of creatures and things including frogs, water, butterflies, plants. Process such as pollination, photosynthesis, phases of the moon and the oxygen cycle. Most suitable for young learners.

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 12.29.33 pmGreen Up Lite

This “game like” app lets students explore the concept of biodiversity and the world of plants with concepts like pollination, photosynthesis, the life cycle of plants and climate change. Students can plant virtual plants, tend them and watch them grow..there is even gardening lessons. A greater adjunct to the real experience.

 

 

 

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