Technology Update 2020

Mr David Hills1,2
1Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia; 2The University of the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba, Australia


Every week a new innovative app, device, or online service is launched that may enhance or distract the learning of students on outdoor education programs. This presentation will cover the latest hardware and software developments from 2020 so that you can decide whether or not to include or exclude them. This update will review the latest in GPS location systems, recording digital media, biometrics, displaying information in the field, communication systems, and software that could be used before and after outdoor education experiences. Finally, it will look ahead to see what emerging technologies hold for the sector including augmented reality, self-driving cars, and artificial intelligence. This session is a must for anyone who would like to be up to date with current digital technologies that may be included or excluded in outdoor education.

Dave is a full-time teacher of Outdoor Education at Brisbane Grammar School and is also researching for a Ph.D. in Educational Technology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Dave qualified in North Wales in the UK before completing his Masters in Education whilst working at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland. Dave has taught Outdoor Education in the UAE, Canada, America, New Zealand, and Greece but is now settled in Queensland with his family. He has previously held positions of interim Chair of the Institute for Outdoor Learning Scotland, CEO of Queensland Canoeing and vice-chair of the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation. He is currently researching the relationship between outdoor education and technology and hopes to ensure that the importance of taking people outdoors is still recognised as valuable in 2050.

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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