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Monday, November 6 • 10:30am - 11:00am
User Session. Using Geospatial Technology to Bridge the Gap Between Intergenerational Learners

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AUTHORS: Cary Chadwick*, David Dickson, and Emily Wilson - University of Connecticut Center for Land use Education and Research (CLEAR)

ABSTRACT: Adults and adolescents can learn a lot from each other. At least that’s the theory that Extension Educators from the University of Connecticut’s Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) have set out to prove. The team of educators have developed a new, innovative program in conservation and land use planning that engages intergenerational learners - high school students and adult conservation volunteers - in informal geospatial STEM learning. The Academy’s Conservation Training Partnership (CTP) is a two-day, immersive training that partners adolescents with adults and is focused on employing geospatial technologies to teach practical approaches to conservation stewardship. The workshops focus on free smartphone apps for collecting field data including GPS data and digital field surveys. Participants are also taught how to showcase their data on interactive web maps and story maps. The participants then goes on to complete a conservation project together in their community. Both the projects and participants benefit from intergenerational partnerships because of the different approaches to learning and varied skill sets each age group contributes. Adolescents are often adept at learning technology and conservation-minded adults bring their connection to nature and their commitment and engagement in community service. This presentation will describe the methods used in the program to bridge these two groups of learners to produce effective, efficient conservation outcomes and will include a detailed overview of the free smartphone mapping apps employed in the training.

Monday November 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Enterprise Room

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