An Inquiry Oriented Mobile Application for Effective Environmental Education.
Thursday, October 18 10:15-10:45 AM Location: Las Vegas Ballroom 7
Presider: Divya Chandrasenan, Department of Atmospheric Science,National Space Science Technology Centre, United States
Abstract: A number of initiatives have been launched to utilize mobile technologies and Apps for educational purposes. Studies have shown that mobile applications can create critical thinking and creativity among students. The present paper describes the prototype of the developed mobile application which can be used for inquiry learning in Environmental Education. Today environmental education is included at all levels of education. But it is often criticized for being reductionist and empirical and thus not optimal for next generation of students who are expected to formulate solutions to complex, interdisciplinary environmental issues. The present instruction design based on inquiry learning allows students to become an essential part of shaping the future scientific research. In addition to being an active generator of knowledge, they will be able to contribute to basic research too. The design uses mobile technology, Google Earth Engine and ASTER imagery for the inquiry learning approach.