Pre conference session
John Davitt - Planning and Running Your Own Outdoor Learning Adventures.
An eccentric thinker, John taught us powerful ways to plan and run fieldwork activities. He particularly stressed the use of QR codes - a 'barcode' that teachers can create. The QR code is then hidden in a location and can be scanned on a smart phone through apps such as redlaser. Students are then linked to a webpage or challenge page created on the web.
These QR codes were placed throughout Boston Gardens and participants were given an opportunity to solve clues and collect information using smart technology in the field.
This technology can be used in the classroom for interactive activities.
John demonstrated new technologies such as the handheld projector. You simply plug your smart phone into the prejector. A white 'screen' was attached to a tree and videos and photos of the students work and answers to clues could be shown in the field.