Thursday, January 24th 2013, 5:00-6:00 CST. Plugged In; But Tuned Out: The Need to Reconnect with Nature (required; 2 hours). Herb Broda, Professor of Education, Ashland University, Ohio and author of Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning and Moving the Classroom Outdoors, both published by Stenhouse Publishers. Webinar on the importance of outdoor learning experiences for children. In this age of alluring techno‐gadgetry we need to be very cautious about maintaining a balance between indoor and outdoor activity. At a time when children's natural curiosity about the outdoors is eclipsed by the demands of busy schedules and the ever‐present glow of video screens, schools and outdoor centers may be the only places where kids are encouraged to interact with nature. Kids need to go outside for both learning and play—indeed there is a growing body of evidence that points very clearly to both the academic and personal benefits that children gain from outdoor experiences.

Presenter Bio
Herb Broda is a Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Ashland University in Ohio. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on middle school education, instructional methods and outdoor/experiential education. He also is the Coordinator of First Year Experiences for the University. Herb frequently presents at state and national conferences in the areas of middle school education and outdoor enhanced learning. Before beginning his present position, Herb worked as a sixth grade teacher, elementary school principal, and residential outdoor education program teacher and co-director.
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Click here to visit the Children and Nature Network that Herb recommended.