iPads in Education – Enhancing student learning by Lynda Cutting

Outdoor Education

IMG_7813Outdoor education is an extraordinary importunity to totally immerse our students in the natural world. to help them improve their fitness and problem solving skills, develop confidence in their own physical, social  and emotional skills and hopefully develop and understanding and affinity with the environment. While we want them down and dirty in the actual dirt smart, nimble devices like the iPad can enhance and add real value to the outdoor education program when used specifically to support your program goals.

 

Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 4.58.44 PMProject Noah

Project Noah has been created in conjunction with National Geographic with the goal of creating citizen scientists. Using a gaming approach students can take part on 3 different types of challenges:

Spotting: take photos of plant for animals, write a quick take an up load them to build the data base and also get help to identify the find.

Location: by using the location guide students can find what sort of wildlife has already been spotted in the area

Field Missions: take part win challenges to engage and inspire. Students earn badges as they add to the collection scientific knowledge

 

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 4.40.10 PMGeocaching Intro

Geocaching is one big world wide treasure hunt. There are millions of small and usually very creative containers called geocaches, hidden all around the world. The challenge is for students to use the app and follow the clues to find the treasure. Post your finding on the app or website, and return the geocache for the next explorer.

A sensationally engaging way to challenge students to look closely at the environment, join in with a world wide movement and use their mapping and problem solving skills all the while getting fit. Students can even create their own geocaches and hide them for others to find.

What a great way to inspire students to get out in the natural world.

 

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 4.50.50 PMGooseChase

This terrific app really harnesses the power of the iPad camera to quickly create scavenger hunts that will get students out in the world. Create a mission with a series of questions and hints about locations students need to find. Students can work in teams or pairs to solve the question, find the location and upload a picture for each solution. You can have as many questions as you wish.  It’s almost a bit of hi tech orienteering that will excite event the least enthusiastic runner.

 

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 4.59.54 PMKilkaklu

This is awesome. A scavenger hunt creation app like GooseChase in that it is easy to create a series of challenges for students to solve but it also includes a photos of the target questions in the hunt. To complete each question the students must not only solve the puzzle and find the location, they must upload the exact same image from there exact same spot from which the original photos was taken. Another layer of challenge.

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