The benefits and drawbacks of using technology in outdoor education

Lauren Midgley
2014 Mount Royal undergraduate education review  
This research study was designed to investigate teacher and student perspectives on using technology in outdoor education (OE) classes. I wanted to research this topic because I am passionate about physical and outdoor education and was curious to see how technology can be used in OE without taking away from the students' relationship with their natural surroundings. I think technology can be very beneficial in any subject if used properly and not overused. I created a survey with Google Forms
more » ... nd sent it to education students, education professors, and attendees at the YYC Outdoor Education Networking Day at Connect Charter School on February 10th 2014. Many people who completed the survey said that technology, such as GPS units and computers, can be useful to help students research the outdoors and create projects. I also found that many people believe technology can be a distraction in OE. Overall there are many benefits and drawbacks to using technology in outdoor education.
doi:10.29173/mruer117 fatcat:ben4ntww5fbrzgac3e7vaj7x5y