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11. 10. 2019

Take Your Tablet for a Walk

Connecting real life experiences with content provided by digital technologies can be a truly innovative and fun way to spark children’s interest in nature. Since nature is never constant and changes all the time, it’s exciting for kids to explore these changes with the help of fun features provided by technology.

Connecting real life experiences with content provided by digital technologies can be a truly innovative and fun way to spark children’s interest in nature. Since nature is never constant and changes all the time, it’s exciting for kids to explore these changes with the help of fun features provided by technology. 

Take pictures or record a video

Whether you take smartphone or tablet with you, a tool that’s easily on hand is the camera. Operating a device’s camera isn’t a complicated task even for very small kids. First, try to focus on an interesting object that you see around you in the park or in the garden. Then try unusual angles, zooming in and out, or focusing on close-up details to take a macro photograph.

Capturing wild animals moving, or weather conditions such as snow, rain, or wind are also great opportunities to use the camera. The slow motion feature will provide a fascinating visual show. You’ll see the detail of melting snowflakes, the flutter of falling leaves, or discover the magic of a raindrop dancing in a puddle.

Discovering nature with suitable apps

A pocket atlas, or plant and animal identification books, help us discover the names and traits of unknown species. Nowadays, technology is so developed that some apps can identify a tree, bush, or a plant type with a photograph of a single leaf. You’ll not only learn its name but also other information about specific classes of species.

Make a nature sound recording. Listen to the sounds and noises around you. What do you hear? The chirping and singing of birds? Buzzing? Crackling? Make use of a microphone or a dictaphone. Once you gather more nature soundtracks, you have a great evening activity plan ready. Ask kids questions like ‘What are these sounds? What kind of animal makes it?’ Kids can draw their answers on a piece of paper, or try to imitate the sounds themselves.

Waiting for a little seed to grow can be an exciting moment on its own. Kids look forward to seeing the first signs of green, the colours of its leaves, and how fast and big it grows. This provides an ideal opportunity to start with a time-lapse feature on your device. The idea is to take a picture of the same object in the same environment at regular times. For example, every morning you can take a photo of your garden, a special flower, a tree, ripening strawberries, weather changes, or a place where you planted a seed. It can become a nice ritual with your kids to take a look at the object of interest, take photo of it, and talk about all the changes that occured since last time. Pictures you take will be stored in an appropriate app and later merged together to make a video that appears to be moving faster when played.

Outdoor safety

Before you go out to get some fresh air, there’s another important thing to consider about new technology. Outdoor areas often encourage movement and physical activities that lead to a higher risk of dropping the device. Chance of damage can be eliminated by safety cases, screen protectors, or protective glass to prevent scrapes and scratches. When you follow the step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to apply the protectors yourself without air bubbles or repeated removal.

There are also ‘survival’ cases that can guarantee maximal protection in case of really severe damage. The whole device is placed or locked in the case, so it’s kept safe even from elements like sand, dust, or water, while all the tools on the device still work normally.

Now it is time to put on your hiking boots on and set out for an outdoor adventure!

Author: Laďka Whitcroft

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