This virtual story presentation will feature an outline of some of the learning goals of my final project!
This project hopes to marry these two, returning middle school age students to the origins of education: learning from the land. Mother Nature has endless lessons to teach us, if we know how to speak her language.
When the classroom meets the forest...
Empowering students to seek help and information from their peers builds community, connection, and trust. I hope to build this network of botanical information through my final project: a virtual field guide.
How do we do this? Students teaching students.
Virtual Collaborative Field Guide
Through this virtual field guide tool I aim to create, students can post drawings, photos, observations, and questions about plants and forest ecosystems.
Then other students can respond with more info or simply "sick plant dude!"
Goals of this project are: Building. digital plant learning community based in science, collaboration, and teamwork. I want students to learn digital citizenship skills, web etiquette, and science observation skills. I also hope this project stirs curiosity for natural world.
Why is this important?
The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs defenders. Remaining silent about the destruction of nature is an endorsement of that destruction.
- Edward Abbey
If I accomplish anything from this project, I would like to stir an interest in the natural world through the use of technology. The earth needs our help and like Edward Abbey said it needs more defenders. I hope to interest more young people to help this cause of saving our planet.