Mobile Apps Make Field Trips More Interactive

* Students on an EcoMOBILE Scientific Discoveries field trip work with handheld devices that prompt them to make observations about organisms at a pond, classify organisms they observe, and collect and compare water samples.
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As districts cope with tightening budgets and testing schedules, field trips often fall by the wayside. But a new generation of field trips may make it easier to integrate curriculum and even assessment into real-world local settings students can explore.

Researchers and educators in a symposium at the American Educational Research Association conference here this month suggested the next generation of field trips may use “augmented reality” to make traditional museum or zoo tours more interactive—or even create a field trip in a neighborhood or empty lot for a school that otherwise could not afford one.

Read more: Education Week: Mobile Apps Make Field Trips More Interactive.