Engaging Elementary Teachers and Students in Outdoor Learning Experiences with Mobile Learning
The purpose of this project is to
support elementary teachers in effectively
integrating outdoor learning environments (e.g. school courtyards) and mobile learning into their science curriculum. We
will develop and refine learning activities and supplemental materials for
using school courtyards to engage students in learning science with mobile learning (i.e. iPads). The modules
developed for this project will also integrate science with other academic
disciplines to address state and
national science standards (i.e. Next Generation Science Standards) as well as other
subject area standards (e.g. literacy and mathematics) while engaging students
in environmental science themes. In teams and individually, we will implement modules with PreK-5th grade students at local elementary schools and refine them based on our experiences and reflections. We will also assess teachers’ beliefs about and implementation of the outdoor
activities and our modules to support their science instruction.
Research on the teachers’ use and beliefs about the learning modules will also be used
to refine the modules and develop additional supplemental resources and
activities that will support elementary teachers in effectively using their outdoor learning environments for teaching and learning integrated environmental science.
The culminating project for this year's CI group will be a elementary science resource book that includes environmental science lesson plans that are inquiry-based, meet the Next Generation Science Standards, integrate multiple subjects areas, and engage students and teachers in effectively using mobile learning (e.g. iPads) for science investigations.
Cynthia Deaton, PhDTeacher Education