Supporting school visits through mobile computing and interactive journaling

Ian Douglas, Paul F. Marty

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Abstract

School field trips to museums, zoos, nature parks, and wildlife centers are a common activity in education. The trips are generally seen as enhancing learning in a variety of subject areas, as well as providing a motivating and rewarding experience for students. Despite being widely accepted as having value, research suggests a lack of integration between the visits and the school curriculum. What should be a high quality educational experience, which reinforces and motivates learning, often turns out to be no more than a fun day out. This paper will describe a model software system to support school visits to zoos museums and nature centers and to better integrate them with school curricula. The system integrates a mobile device, the educational technique of journaling, and a collaborative web site.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications, ICITA 2008
Pages490-494
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications, ICITA 2008 - Cairns, QLD, Australia
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 26 2008

Publication series

Name5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications, ICITA 2008

Other

Other5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications, ICITA 2008
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityCairns, QLD
Period6/23/086/26/08

Keywords

  • Collaborative learning
  • Mobile computing
  • Museum informatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Software

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