Year 4 of the Cal Water H2O Challenge is here! Cal Water and the North American Association for Environmental Education are inviting fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classrooms located in Cal Water service areas to design and submit solutions to global or local water-related issues for a chance to win a classroom grant and a trip to the Santa Monica Mountains.
Connecting with nature comes in many forms in today's environmental education programs. Flying a drone to explore sensitive areas in Florida's estuaries, using advanced probeware and mobile interactive app's to make visible the invisible water quality characteristics, or designing hydroponics systems to farm endemic cordgrass in schools-- these are just some examples of #enviroedtechinnovation happening at GTM Research Reserve in Ponte Vedra, FL under the leadership of Kenneth Rainer. As someone committed to leveraging technology as a tool to inspire people to appreciate and care for estuaries, I interviewed Kenneth to understand his views on the role of technology and EE and learn more about how he is putting that into practice in the reserve's K-12 programming.
Tuesday, October 17 through Thursday, October 19: Join us for virtual conference week at NAAEE. We’ll share a few highlights of what was planned for Puerto Rico through a series of webinars, live-streamed events, and conference session posts.
Researchers at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment are helping NAAEE compile and create research summaries and syntheses for an online database to be housed on eePRO, an exciting project conducted jointly with the Children and Nature Network with funding from the Pisces Foundation. We want to hear from you about what would be most useful to you!
Sharing another blog post from the Riveredge Nature Center blog that talks about the different ways we consume versus curate technology in our day to day lives and gives ideas for how to integrate technology into nature-based learning experiences.
As Educational Technology & Evaluation Specialist at Riveredge Nature Center, I recently published a blog post about our organizational philosophy regarding the role of technology and nature. This article only scratches the surface on the topic which of course could be much more detailed, but instead, aims to provide an entry point to state our overall philosophy for technology integration. I hope you find it a useful example for crafting nonformal learning site's "stance on technology and nature."
Are you interested in improving your evaluation skills? MEERA: My Environmental Education Evaluation Research Assistant is a step-by-step evaluation process that is both comprehensive and easy to understand.
The Washington Post celebrated the New Year with an amazing front page story that is even better online – enhanced with videos. I highly recommend that you look at it, and predict that you will find it to be an incredible story and an excellent teaching resource.