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Technological Nature- What is it and what does it mean?

Though this book may be dated 2011 (what seems like forever ago), I recently came across the concept and subsequent book title labeled: "Technological Nature: Adaptation and the Future of Human Life." Author, Peter Kahn, defines technological nature as "—technologies that in various ways mediate, augment, or simulate the natural world." He has done extensive research in this field related to the physiological and psychological effects of replacing nature experiences with technological nature. Several articles have been posted relating to this theme that reflect examples of technological nature, but I must admit, I didn't' realize it had a name!

If you haven't discovered them yet, check out the research article and book in the links below. I highly recommend both reads, but especially the journal article.

If you have heard of technological nature, tell me more! Have you read the book? How are you applying it, if at all, to the work you do in environmental education? How can we be strategic as an industry about how we engage the next generation of environmental leaders and thinkers who are growing up with perhaps greater exposure to technological nature? How does this viewpoint shape our collective view of nature? These are just a few of the many questions circling in my mind on this topic, but please feel free to share your own.

I have never read this book but after reading your post I plan on adding this book to my list of books to read! Technological nature is a concept that I really have never thought about before but I think its important to address.

Since I am an educator in the state of Arizona I think using technology to learn about nature is valuable and necessary. There is a lot I can teach my students about the desert and there are several different things we can learn from the environment my students live in. However, there are some natural places my students may never see. Take the ocean for example. My students are low income and rarely take family trips, so very few of them have had the opportunity to visit the beach/ocean. But technology gives me the chance to allow my students to still experience in the ocean by going on virtual field trips, looking at photos/videos, or using different apps. This being said we still have to be strategic as educators and not rely solely on the technology to do the teaching for us. I think using technology is very necessary, especially with this generation of kids, but it definitely has both positives and negatives which we have to be aware of.