New technology for exploring the nature outdoor
WildKey is a spin off research group from Oxford Brookes University, which works with new technology and outdoor learning space. On a rainy January day, the group went to explore nature, with over 40 intrepid ICT Co-Ordinators and 10 children from Bishop Bronescombe School, using handheld and interactive technology to organise their work.
Nearly 200 records of wildlife and points of interest were recorded using GPS technology and PDA's to record video, sound and photographs. Later in the classroom the WildKey group showed how easily the data could be used across the curriculum, especially in mathematics, or redisplayed as a webpage.
WildKey uses an interactive, image-driven branching database that enables the identification of various wildlife groups. The program also enables the recording of the data so that details such as who found the species and when and where it was discovered (including GPS position) can be logged. WildMap allows teachers and children to create and add to interactive multimedia trails of a location. The data can be loaded to a desktop database and exported, for example, to spreadsheets or Google Earth.
Project results: www.wildkey.co.uk/heligan
Further Information about the project: www.lgofh.blogspot.com