This guide provides technology resources for students and teachers using the environment as a learning laboratory. The resources are divided into four sections: technologies used to observe the natural environment; websites to prepare for field work; field mobile units – apps and software for field studies; and geospatial literacy through GIS.
Teachers at the Waterville and Cle Elum-Roslyn school districts have worked with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and The Nature Mapping Program for the past fifteen years to hone the guidelines to develop outdoor observation skills, building on national and state science education standards for field science inquiry. For this work we thank Diane Peterson, fourth grade teacher, and Cathi Nelson, Principal, at Waterville School District, and Trish Griswold, eighth grade science teacher, and Mark Flatau, Superintendent, at the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District.
This was developed to help K-12 teachers introduce their students to the methodologies used for scientific field research and guide them through the process of conducting field studies. In particular, this volume demonstrates how to use descriptive and comparative methodologies for field studies.
Challenges K-12 students to integrate science and social science inquiry by applying spatial thinking, which mirrors what scientists practice as they make decisions that impact natural resources on landscapes.