Technology in the Outdoors. Devices and Smartphone Apps. Anna Freedman OWA Conference 2013. Philosophical Tension. Outdoor Education seeks to distance participants from technology to experience nature in its purest form.
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Devices and Smartphone Apps
OWA Conference 2013
Outdoor Education programs are becoming reliant on certain aspects of technology ie. Safety, gear, navigation.
The perceived benefits of technology in the outdoors
Technology in outdoor settings, may have the “revenge effect” (Tenner 1996)
Modern technology in attempting to increase participation in the outdoors by making free-nature more accessible and more comfortable to be in, has also had the unintended, antithetical effect of insulating people further from natural processes, both in terms of direct experience and in acknowledging their own impacts. (pg. 136)
If one of the goals of outdoor education is to connect with nature and the rest of life, the technology filter which adds membranous layers to our direct encounter with the natural world has the potential to work against the actual goal of the OE program. (pg. 237)