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Introducing your moderators

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to this new EEPro Group - Technology and EE! We are the moderators for this group so we thought we would start off the discussion with this post,which has two aims. First we would like to provide you with a little more information about ourselves, the moderators. Second, we would like to begin a conversation with you about the ways in which we might think about educational technology and EE.

About Us

Clifford Blizard
I am currently the Lead Environmental Science Faculty for the Division of General Education at Ashford University. As such, I am responsible for the design and implementation of a general studies course in environmental science. I also teach classes in Sustainability, Geology, and Environmental Science at Colorado State University - Global, Central Michigan University, and the University of Phoenix. In addition to my current research interests in fostering environmental awareness in an online context, I also have a long-standing interest in K-12 EE. I am particularly interested in exploring ways to harness technology (such as hand-held electronic devices) to promote environmental engagement, while avoiding gratuitous applications of technology that could further distance children from nature. I have a Montessori teaching certificate and have taught classes at the elementary and middle school levels. My doctorate is in Environmental Science, while I have two MS degrees, in Geology and in Education in Instructional Design and Technology. I am also an amateur nature photographer; I shoot with an Olympus OMD-EM5 and, more recently, an Apple 5 iPhone camera. Digital photography, in my opinion, represents an excellent example of how recent technology might be employed to strengthen our bond with our home places and enhance our appreciation of everyday nature.

Mike Phillips
I am a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University‚Äč in Australia‚Äč where my teaching and research focuses on the ways in which people negotiate the use of digital technologies in various educational settings including gardens, zoos and aquaria to enhance educational outcomes. My approach to the use of educational technologies coalesces around the technological, pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK) framework (Mishra and Koehler, 2006) with particular consideration given to the ways in which different contexts influence the forms of knowledge expert teachers call upon. My latest book, Digital Technology, Schools and Teachers' Workplace Learning (Palgrave) expands on some of these ideas if you are interested in learning more. I am using the TPACK framework, among other things, as the basis for a current project for Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens. As part of this project, I have developed a new form of Augmented Reality which uses trees, plants and landform features to trigger information to be displayed on mobile devices to enhance people's understanding of the environmental sustainability issues and indigenous connections to the environments they are observing.

Opening a dialogue about educational technology and EE

Educational technologies offer enticing and intriguing opportunities for us as environmental educators, but they also present certain challenges. How do we harness technology in ways that further the goals of EE, goals that transcend imparting information to include enhancing engagement and promoting environmental concern.

With that in mind, what is technology good for in EE? How is it being used now? How might it be used in the future?

We are looking forward to engaging in this, and many other conversations with you!