Organized Oral Session 14 Ecology Education in 2020: Integrating New Technologies with Mother Nature
Technology is often on the minds of ecologists; they covet new instruments to advance their measurements or new software tools to accelerate data analysis. The geeks among us have rapidly adopted new technologies such as i-Clickers and Facebook, but how do the spectrum of new approaches and tools of the digital revolution impact teaching (see National Academy reports of the last decade and most recently, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology ), and how can they enhance ecological education? For the upcoming generation of digital natives (Palfrey and Gasser 2008), can we expect incremental steps, or are there revolutions on the horizon? Our oral session in Pittsburgh was planned to address these questions and to prime members’ interest in the Environmental Education Summit (‹http://www.esa.org/eesummit/home›) sponsored by ESA and NEA that was to be held 14–15 October.