Introduction and finding group members

Outdoor Education
Outdoor education encourages students to explore, investigate and learn about natural phenomena. Outdoor education has many goals and possible outcomes in the cognitive, affective and social domains. A seminal document on informal science education "Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits" (NRC, 2009) specifies the following six strands of informal science education. to see the strands click here  

What is Ecology? what we are going to do in our inquiry project?

Ecology is the scientific study of interactions among organisms and their environment, such as the interactions organisms have with each other and with their abiotic environment. Topics of interest to ecologists include the diversity, distribution, amount (biomass), number (population) of organisms, as well as competition and other forms of interactions between them within and among ecosystems. Ecological research is interested in human impacts on the environment in general and on specific habitats or organisms. Ecological research helps us quantify biomass loss, extinction, the economic contribution of biological processes such as bee pollination and so forth.

There are many practical applications of ecology in conservation biology, wetland management, natural resource management (agroecology, agriculture, forestry, agroforestry, fisheries), city planning (urban ecology), community health, economics, basic and applied science, and human social interaction (human ecology).

As part of ecological research, researchers measure biotic and abiotic variables.
Biotic factors are factors resulting from the activities of a living thing or any living component in an environment, such as the actions of an organism affecting the life of others organism. For instance, in a Blue Jay’s environment, the biotic factors are the living elements of the environment such as the Blue Jay’s prey like insects, lizards, etc. and the Blue Jay’s predators like hawks. Abiotic factors are non-living chemicals or physical factors in the environment, such as soil, pH,  humidity, temperature, precipitation.

In our inquiry project we will investigate abiotic and biotic factors near Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and Biological Station, to understand the relationships between living organisms and between them and their environment.

Our learning experience will include the following stages that support meaningful learning:

  • Preparation to the outdoor inquiry,

  • Field based investigation,

  • Wrap up activity that consists of data analysis, making conclusions and science communication.

As you will see, the links to the working stages appear as “buttons” at the top of this website as well as on the left side.

Most of the work will be carried out in teams of two or three. In some tasks you will have to work together, while in others you can split your team work. In some stages you will work and produce artifacts individually.

How to form your teams?

Before we begin our work you need to become a "team member" because already at the beginning, the work is collaborative.

  • Enter the Introduction Presentation where each one of you will introduce her/himself. Read the personal information posted and think who you would want to work with.
  • Enter the " Grouping shared document"  and list yourself in one of the teams’ slots. Please do not allow more than three people in a group. At least one of you have to have a smartphone/tablet of which we will use for data collection.
  • From now on, all your collaborative tasks will be done in your team.
Once your team is established, go to the first activity Preparation by clicking on the "button" on the top or through the  link on the left.

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Tali Tal,
31 Jul 2014, 07:13