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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Using Technology to Connect Students & the Environment

Using Technology to Connect Students & the Environment

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Solutions to 21st century environmental challenges often result from STEM knowledge and skills. Hands-on environmental education projects enrich STEM learning and offer an exciting opportunity to engage more students in STEM. The possibilities now with technology are endless – from helping scientists locate invasive species to observing, documenting & protecting wildlife populations in the schoolyard. The National Environmental Education Foundation, with support from Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., partnered with Project Noah to produce a new video, Using Technology to Connect Students & the Environment, about how technology can further STEM learning through the environment, both in nature and in the classroom. The video demonstrates how the students of Islesboro Central School in Maine use mobile and other technology to help document, analyze and communicate about the ecological condition of nature preserves near their school. Social media contest: K-12 classroom teachers are invited to view this video at http://goo.gl/FidAX and leave a comment answering the question, “How do you use technology to explore the environment with your students?” Comments will be entered into a drawing to win product from Toshiba. Prizes include: • First drawing: Toshiba Satellite® U925t Laptop and 4 CAMILEO® BW20 Cameras • Second drawing: 5 Toshiba CAMILEO® BW20 Overview with 5 - 16GB micro SD Cards • Third drawing: Toshiba Canvio® 3.0 1TB Portable Hard Drive with Carrying Case and 1 CAMILEO® BW20 Camera • Runners-Up: 10 runners-up will each receive an Amazon.com gift card worth $25 The drawing ends Dec. 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Coming soon: A free teacher toolkit will be released to accompany the video, providing a set of teacher-recommended resources and tools for using technology to help implement and enhance an environmental education project with their students.

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