I have come across an recent article that seems to continue the 'ecological pond' focus that Clifford raised some time ago. I have copied the text from the abstract of this 2016 article below and wondered what people thought, particularly of the claim that there is an 'antagonistic relationship [which] is traditionally seen as existing between eco-education and technology'?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
Taken from Tien-Chi Huang, Chia-Chen Chen, Yu-Wen Chou, Animating eco-education: To see, feel, and discover in an augmented reality-based experiential learning environment, Computers & Education, Volume 96, May 2016, Pages 72-82, ISSN 0360-1315, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2016.02.008.
An antagonistic relationship is traditionally seen as existing between eco-education and technology, with conventional instructional approaches usually characterized by a commentator guiding students in field learning. Unfortunately, in this passive learning approach, the discovery of rich ecological resources in eco-environments to stimulate positive emotions and experiences is often condensed into a “sightseeing”. Therefore, precise and systematic guidance focused on providing a rich learning experience is needed in field learning and eco-education. Based on Kolb's experiential learning theory, the current study develops an eco-discovery AR-based learning model (EDALM) which is implemented in an eco-discovery AR-based learning system (EDALS). In a field experiment at a botanical garden, 21 middle school students constitute three groups participated in a learning activity using different learning types and media. Quantitative results indicate that, compared to the human-guidance-only model, EDALS successfully stimulates positive emotions and improved learning outcomes among learners. In post-activity interviews, students indicated they found the exploration mode provided by the proposed system to be more interesting and helpful to their learning in school. The use of attractive technologies increase students' willingness not only to learn more about the environment, but also to develop a more positive emotional attachment to it.