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The Environmental Thematic Methods Block: A Model for Technology Immersion

, Penn State Altoona, United States ; , , SUNY Cortland, United States ; , Onondaga Community College, United States

CITE Journal Volume 3, Number 2, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


Imagine, small groups of fourth graders are scattered about the natural area adjacent to the playground of Aldo Leopold Elementary School located in a small town in upstate New York (see Figure 1). They are equipped with laptop computers linked to the Internet via a digital wireless connection. One group is identifying insects using the online Audubon Field Guide. Another group has a microphone connected to the laptop and is trying to record the sounds of cicadas for use in a multimedia presentation they are creating about how insects communicate. Yet another group has a science probe that can measure temperature. They are working on a research project that compares the reflectivity of different soil types with the kinds of plants and animals that live there. Finally, another group is working on a time-lapse photography project which is chronicling the life cycle of different plants in the area.


Slekar, T., Lachance, A., Klein, B.S. & Klein, K.W. (2003). The Environmental Thematic Methods Block: A Model for Technology Immersion. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 3(2), 128-145. Norfolk, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved October 17, 2019 from .



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