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5 Web Resources for Environmental Educators

Environmental education resources on the Net

Many schools in the UK now have Smartboard technology in the classrooms, which has opened up a whole new world of opportunities for the learning experience.

Making use of this technology for environmental education thus seems like a logical step, but unfortunately the myriad websites offering “environmental” information and resources can prove time-consuming and often confusing for teachers and educators who are already pressed for time.

Below are links to five websites that provide some great resources for environmental education and nature-based topics, and for other curriculum subjects too (not forgetting that environmental education is, of course, cross-curricular).

British Natural History Consortium
The BNHC is a charity that has the support of some heavyweight organisations.  The site has a range of downloadable resources for teachers, as well as access to some great events.  You can also follow the links through the supporters’ sites, which also have a wealth of materials and resources.
www.bnhc.org.uk

Caro & Co
Although Australian-based, this website is wonderfully refreshing, and fosters a sense of awe and wonders for the natural world in all its activities.  The whole ethos is to encourage children outdoors to explore nature in all her glory and to marvel at even the most seemingly insignificant of things and imbue them with a sense of the magical.
www.salisburydowns.wordpress.com

Arkive
This website has the most amazing collection of photographs and videos.  Ideal if you need to identify a particular species and learn about its habitat.
www.arkive.org

Wild About Britain
A good repository of information about wildlife and environmental organisations throughout the UK.  If you’re a classroom teacher, this would make a great starting place for inviting speakers and experts into your class to talk about their work.   And like Arkive, there is a comprehensive library of Britain’s wildlife.  You’ll be amazed at how much wildlife this tiny island actually does have.
www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk

Project Wild
This American website takes a conceptual approach to nature and environmental education, and provides lots of information and activities for teachers.  Although aimed at the American Key Stage 12 age group, the materials and activities can be adapted to use with younger learners.
www.projectwild.org

We are continuing to develop the content for EnvELOP, our Environmental Education & Learning Online Platform.  This will provide a comprehensive range of resources in one place.  EnvELOP will take advantage of all the technologies available, both traditional and new, to enhance the experience of learning, and make it fun, dynamic and interactive.

Get Involved
If you would like to get involved with EnvELOP, please contact us.  We are looking for writers, graphic designers, artists, games developers, researchers, web-masters.   Email Denise Taylor at denise.taylor@btinternet.com.

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February 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

EnvELOP gets a much needed boost

E4C's e-learning programme

I am delighted to report that EnvELOP has received a much needed boost from a grant awarded to help with developing content and upgrading our e-learning platform.

EnvELOP stands for Environmental Education and Learning Online Programmes and will be E4C’s vehicle for delivering lessons and activities using rich media.  This will include serious games (educational games), virtual learning environments, and video tutorials as well as downloadable resources for use by teachers, parents and students.

The grant has been awarded by Business Link’s Innovation Advisory Service programme, and will buy us consultancy support from Three Hares and our e-learning upgrade from Light Media.

In time, it is our aim for EnvELOP to provide a robust and comprehensive e-learning resource for schools, other wildlife conservation organisations, parents, children and young people.

If you would like more information about EnvELOP or any of E4C’s programmes, then please contact me on 01788 833232 or by email: denise.taylor@btinternet.com

July 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

Harvesting the Sunshine

I’m delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding support through Innovation Networks for the development of our bee game aimed at primary school children.  The game will form part of our blended learning provision under the Harvesting the Sunshine banner, which comprises e-learning materials and resources, games, and the Inspired by Nature workshops.

We have also been awarded INDEX vouchers to the value of £3,000 to buy academic support for EnvELOP and Inspired by Nature.  At the moment, I’m hoping that this will help us with the develoment of environmental education materials.  We need writers and graphic designers to produce robust lesson plans and information for the e-learning programmes.

Final Presentation

Final Presentation

From November 2008 to March 2009 we had the privilege of working with a group of Practice of Management students from Warwick Business School who helped with the strategy development for EnvELOP as part of their year long MBA programme.  I am delighted to report that the POM students won the prize for the best project.

This is the second group of POM students that E4C has worked with, and both have been very successful projects. 

We are in the process of writing our submission for the next intake of students in October 2009. 

We are still seeking writers and developers to produce education materials for our e-learning programmes.  If you or anyone you know can help with this, then please do get in touch with me.  Email: denise.taylor at btinternet.com

May 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

On being inspired…

Both the EnvELOP and Inspired by Nature projects have moved on in leaps and bounds in the past week.  The overall business plan is almost complete, together with financial forecasts, and this will help us to better prepare our funding bids.  We have a few significant funding pots to apply for, and we need to get this pushed forward quickly now. 

We attended two e-learning workshops this week.  One was at the Serious Games Institute in Coventry which always provides lots of inspiration and motivation, as well as the opportunity to meet some great contacts.  This workshop was about serious games and education, and was attended by a few notable people.  This included one of the founder members of Human League and Heaven 17, Martyn Ware, and for those of us of a certain age, this was an interesting diversion during the day.   Martyn is now working on 3D sound projects, and presented on his latest project working with a sensory studio for autistic children.  Truly uplifting stuff.

Inspired by Nature has been receiving the loving attention of two wonderful fine artists, Bob Meddings and Lou Dean, who have taken me and this project under their wings and are nurturing its growth.  So far they have developed four workshop programmes for E4C to take forward into 2009, and things are getting very exciting.  One of the projects is about bees which will tie in very nicely with the serious game about bees being developed for the EnvELOP project. 

If there is a one in a million chance of a philanthropic sponsor ever reading this blog  and would like to sponsor the work we are doing, then please, please get in touch. 

And finally, E4C has received some fantastic support from a wide range of people.  I feel very humbled by the generosity that everyone has displayed.  What a great motivator to really get these projects off the ground.  A huge thank you to you all (you know who you are)….

January 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

EnvELOP

E4C is using WordPress to keep a track of our new project called EnvELOP (Environmental Education & Learning Online Programmes). 

EnvELOP is in development phase and will provide a comprehensive range of e-learning courses using Rich Learning Media.  There are three key target groups for EnvELOP comprising children, young people and professional educators in enviromental and conservation education.

This blog will chart our journey as the project develops.

December 30, 2008 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment


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