Attended a workshop on technology used to enhance learning at my workplace last week. I was very impressed by BMW’s usage of AR. Yes i know that this is not the future anymore but the present. But FYI…
It got me thinking how we can use it in our climbing lessons. As with all tech posts, i realise that we are eons or even ages away from doing something like that, but it’s always good to keep good ideas like that in mind until one day when it comes up and we can implement them.
I guess as a former outdoor educator, there was always this notion that what we do in the outdoors should always be bare bones, back to nature, minimalist kind of concepts. We never really considered using much of technology. I worked at an educational institution that had a really impressive technological network but we never really explored the possibilities of embedding technology with our outdoor lessons because…well i guess it was just not done like that. I remember scratching diagrams in the dirt with sticks or using stones and pebbles to represent things as I taught. It was just part of being in the outdoors. Instructors had to learn to innovate out there to draw out the learning. And to be frank, nature provides. So I got through those patches pretty alright.
Now with technology coming up almost daily, perhaps we can start to consider adopting some good practices into our teachings. Already i use a tablet when i teach so that i can show diagrams, pictures or videos on demand when my participants want to know something. (It’s a bonus if the gym has wifi!) With AR coming up now, who knows what other ideas we can come up with. If we just use it to play Pokemon…then i think we have really lost out on a brilliant opportunity to push the boundaries of tech and education. How do we embrace tech in our instruction?