Modernization of Environmental Education with the Use of Project-Based Learning, Outdoor Education, and Mobile Learning Supported by Information and Communication Technology
The paper proposes an innovative model of environmental education which combines mobile learning with student projects, outdoor education, and various information and communication technologies (ICTs), mainly the geographic information system and the global navigation satellite system. The aim of the model is to achieve modernization and efficiency of environmental education in the secondary education. Model design is based on the use of project-based learning, where students address the real problems working on projects, outdoor education moves part of the educational process to the exterior, and mobile learning allows the effective use of students’ mobile phones (smartphones). The global environmental problems were chosen as a main topic since they link abovementioned pedagogical principles and ICT and allow students a direct contact with the environmental problems occurring often in the immediate vicinity of the school or residence. The model gives students the opportunity for cooperation and confrontation of their ideas, planning their own activities, mapping, and self-learning but mainly active participation in solving environmental problems at a local level. Through the effective combination of different pedagogical approaches, the model has a strong potential to develop a wide range of additional knowledge, skills, and attitudes and increase student motivation to learn.
KeywordsEnvironmental education Project-based learning Outdoor education Mobile learning ICT
The research was supported by the projects VEGA 1/0608/16 and KEGA 025UKF-4/2015.
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