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 - Dec 1 2008
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
CountryAustralia
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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    Douglas, I., & Marty, P. F. (2008). Supporting school visits through mobile computing and interactive journaling. In 5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications, ICITA 2008 (pp. 490-494). (5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications, ICITA 2008).