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  1. Richard Ferdig
  2. http://www.ferdig.com
  3. Summit Professor of Learning Technologies
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  5. Kent State University
  1. Kristine E. Pytash
  2. Associate Professor
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Kent State University
  1. Karl Kosko
  2. Assistant Professor
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  4. Kent State University
  1. Patrick Lorch
  2. Manager of Field Research
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Cleveland MetroParks
  1. Cheng-Chang Lu
  2. Professor
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Kent State University
  1. Bridget Mulvey
  2. Assistant Professor
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Kent State University

The Use of Mobile Applications for Informal Learning in Parks

NSF Awards: 1422764

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Informal / multi-age

ParkApps NE Ohio, a collaborative project between Kent State University, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and the Cleveland MetroParks, is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1422764). ParkApps NE Ohio is a GPS-enabled, mobile application that provides park visitors with an immersive, informal learning experience; it gives visitors access to just-in-time information as they explore various geologic or historical landscapes and as they encounter unknown plants and animals.

Visitors who use ParkApps NE Ohio have the ability to follow created adventures that guide them through asking and answering important scientific questions about biology, geology, mathematics, etc. In addition to seeking and gaining information, visitors can join a community of citizen scientists, supporting science efforts by uploading photos of plants, animals, and rock formations during their visit.

This video will provide an overview of the app as well as discussing early learning outcomes from both the development of the app and its early implementation and use by park visitors.  

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    Julie Hollar

    Program Director
    December 19, 2019 | 03:08 p.m.

    What a wonderful application!!!  I would love to have this available for our local area in Texas!

    Working with teens would be a breeze!

     

     

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