Share Paper: The Collector: Data Collection Using Mobile Technology

  1. Donna Peszek, University of Minnesota, United States
  2. Janet Peters, University of Minnesota, United States
  3. Amy Hribar, University of Minnesota, United States
Friday, March 11 11:30-11:50 AM Evergreen

Abstract: This paper is a report on the development and creation of The Collector, a tool for elementary students to collect data “in the field” using the latest mobile technology. Current pedagogical thinking argues that using data improves depth of understanding and retention of science concepts. Unfortunately traditional methods of data collection, especially for younger children can be cumbersome and students often lose focus of the learning goals in the “collection” process. New mobile technologies hold great potential to streamline data collection and organization thus enabling students to more quickly and effectively center their attention on the learning goal of data ...