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Tuesday, July 7 • 11:35am - 11:55am
Augmented Reality Enhanced Field Trips for Ecosystem Science

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The EcoMOBILE project (http://ecolearn.gse.harvard.edu) blends classroom learning via a virtual ecosystem with outdoor field trip experiences augmented by mobile technology. We are interested in exploring how best to support middle school students in making connections between learning about ecosystems and activities with observation and data collection in the real world.Using EcoMUVE, students conduct inquiry in immersive simulated ecosystems Then, with EcoMOBILE, students use mobile devices running augmented reality (AR) experiences and probeware to collect scientific data during local field trips. The AR experiences are designed to direct students to geo-referenced locations to access important ecosystems information; to engage with simulations that illustrate aspects of causal complexity; and to guide students to observe, make predictions, and collect data in the field. Augmented reality can support students’ ability to recall and use information about variables that they can’t see (e.g., photosynthesis, respiration), while on a field trip.

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Amy Kamarainen

Senior Research Manager, Harvard Graduate School of Education
I have a background in ecosystem science, and like to design tech-enabled activities that support science learning inside and outside of the classroom.
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Shari Metcalf

Project Director, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Tuesday July 7, 2015 11:35am - 11:55am
Main Lounge UW-Madison, 800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706

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