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HP’s Promoting Ecology and Technology (PET) Project 

Micah Perkins; Assistant Professor of Biology

Geralyn M.  Caplan; Associate Professor of Biology

Lisa Crumbley; Lab Supervisor

Biology Department    Cohort MAY 27,2007

Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC), serves nine counties in western Kentucky and southern Indiana.  OCTC realizes the critical importance of technology in teaching and learning and is committed to providing “a technologically rich learning environment to prepare students for the workplaces and communities of the information age,”   OCTC been a leader in establishing active learner and critical thinking programs.  The HP Program has allowed us to pursue these goals.

 

Abstract

 We are using HP mobile technology to increase undergraduate student interest, engagement and success in the science disciplines of biology and ecology.  With HP Tablet PCs in mind, OCTC faculty redesigned an ecology laboratory course to complement three different science courses, each with the potential to raise student environmental awareness.  Students are using tablets to collect field data, analyze results and share findings.

 Rationale

Through the proposed HP PET Project, OCTC science faculty will redesign and customize an ecology laboratory course to compliment three different science courses, each with the potential to raise environmental awareness

These efforts will expose participating students to technology and its application to addressing environmental issues. 

Implementation (pedagogy)

Air, water, and soil testing will be conducted with Vernier Probes, and the resulting information will be uploaded into HP Tablet PCs for on-site study.  HP equipment will also be used on-site allowing students to record field notes, perform research, and communicate with others, all of which support the accuracy of data.  More importantly, student interest in learning will be sparked as a result of seeing something and measuring it immediately.

Impact on Technology

To collect and analyze data, ecology students will be using Vernier Software and Technology along with HP Tablet PCs.  Students will also be using spreadsheet programs to compile and analyze and compile acquired field data for immediate study in the field. Microsoft OneNote will be used by faculty to convey on-the-spot questions to students distributed throughout the field study area.

Implementation (technology)

Beginning in June 2007 OCTC science faculty redesigned and customized ecology laboratory projects to compliment three different science courses, each with the potential to raise environmental awareness.  We have been able to incorporate the HP Notebooks in to both the BIO 120 Human Ecology class and BIO 121 Ecology Lab.  From there we have begun to incorporate the HP Notebooks in the BIO 141 Botany class and BIO 143 Zoology class as well as the BIO 295 Independent Investigations in Biology.  However our goals are too which more students, including students from local high schools and primary schools

Future Goals

We are looking forward in the next 2 semester to incorporate the technology into the BIO 113 General Biology Lab and BIO 112  Introduction to Biology courses.  We are looking forward to working with Colligate High School students and the Nature Day Program that involves children from the local primary schools. 

We feel it is important to bring in both the greater academic community but the local civic communities as well.  To that end we are establishing a Environmental and Ecology Club.  They will be able to test the conditions of our campus watershed and incorporate the information with other ecology programs.

 

Impact on Teaching

Introduction to Ecology Laboratory course was the focus of the project, which complemented the lecture courses of Human Ecology, Introduction to Biology, and Conservation Biology by providing hand-on research field and laboratory experiences.  We were able to incorporate HP technology into Zoology and Botany classes as well.  The learning experience included ecology students performing data collection, analyzing results and sharing findings under field and laboratory conditions.  Students were able to present ecology projects with onsite in class poster presentation sessions.  As an instructor, HP has helped relay important biological information and field and laboratory techniques.  Through the use of such equipment, we were able to cover more material and collect onsite data during field laboratory sessions

Impact on Student Learning

Impact on Student Learning: 

One Year Ago - Ecology students were mostly in a traditional classroom setting and when in the field, they collected data with rudimentary sampling instruments.  Students also had to hand write data metrics and record observations by hand, which increases the probability of errors in data collection and data transfer.

Today - With our  HP’s Promoting Ecology and Technology (PET) Project, ecology students now use HP Tablet PCs with Vernier Probes and Software to sample air, water and soil.  Resulting data values are uploaded immediately to tablets in the field for on-site study and field analyses.  Such equipment and techniques support the accuracy of data collection and encourage student interest and engagement.  We believe the project has helped in increasing interest in science to pre-college students by incorporating technology in science.  Such students included Collegiate High School students located our campus and visiting primary school students.

One Year From Now - We propose to increase interest in science to pre-college students by incorporating technology in science through proposed service learning seminars.  Such students include Collegiate High School students located our campus and visiting primary school students.  We also are looking forward to incorporating HP Tablet PCs in additional introductory biology courses.

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    Quick Facts

    Dept: Biology Department

    Courses Impacted:

    BIO 120 Human Ecology

    BIO 121 Ecology Lab

    BIO 141 Botany

    BIO 143 Zoology

    BIO 112 Introduction to Biology

    BIO 113 General Biology Lab

    CHE 140 Introduction to General Chemistry

    Students Impacted:  400 students to date

    # Faculty Involved: 5 faculty members

    Micah Perkins, Assistant Professor of Biology

    Geralyn M. Caplan, Associate Professor of Biology

    This project is funded in part by a 2007 HP Technology for Teaching grant.

     

    Contact Us

    Micah Perkins;  Assistant Professor of Biology

    micah.perkins@kctcs.edu

    270-686-4610

    Geralyn M. Caplan; Associate Professor of Biology

    geralyn.caplan@kctcs.edu

    270-686-4636

    Owensboro Community and Technical College

    4800 New Hartford Road

    Owensboro, KY 42303

    www.octc.kctcs.edu/science

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    This project supported in part by an HP Technology for Teaching grant.

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