Local Ecostudy Project


Project Team

Cate Fredrickson
Jenny Madsen
Andreas Kuswara
Kathy Stewart

Project Overview

Our ability to care for our local environment requires us to know about the plants and animals that share their environment with us. This knowledge enables us to recognise changes as they occur over time and make judgments about whether the ecosystem is healthy or not. To sustain this endeavour, these projects connect with agencies within the school and beyond into the local community.

As part of this project participants investigate local ecosystems at Macquarie University and back in their local school environment to identify factors affecting the biodiversity of that ecosystem. Students utilise a variety of technologies including the mobile phone, the NOVA 5000 hand-held touch screen computer and dataloggers to collect data in the field. The design of these field activities incorporates the use of learning management systems such as LAMS as well as geo-spatial applications. This middle-years project involves high school students mentoring their primary school partners. One of the outcomes of this project is the development of an online community in Edmodo, a secure and collaborative learning network data is collated, shared and analysed to support student learning. Participating schools will be able to continue this project for as long as it is relevant to their needs.

Project Blog

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Project Papers

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Local Ecostudy Project– Project Report (2011)

MacICT Project: Local Ecostudy Project
Authors: Cate Fredrickson, Jenny Madsen, Andreas Kuswara

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Local Ecostudy

Classroom in your pocket (2010)

Presented at the STEM Conference at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane

MacICT Project: Local Ecostudy
Authors: Stewart, K., Evans, D., Utomo-Kuswara, A., Fredrickson, C., Madsen, J., Willis, J.

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SEE – Schools Exploring Environments

Welcome to the Schools Exploring Environments (SEE) project. The online course supports middle-years classes seeking to identify and build environmental awareness about the factors affecting the biodiversity of their local natural environment. Schools can work...

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SEE – Schools Exploring Environments

Expressions of interest open now – Become a trial school during Semester 1 2011. The online course supports middle-years classes  seeking to identify and build environmental awareness about the factors affecting the biodiversity of their local natural...

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Interacting with Mother Nature using iPad

Simple interaction.  MacICT and I have started working with a teacher from Westport High.  We are using LAMS to create interactive learning sequences that allow students to engage with their environment.  The school has a wonderful rainforest that they want to share...

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