Originally published in PLOS Ecology Community.
To prep for an Ecology 101 field trip, you might tell your students to strap on some hiking boots and grab a waterproof notebook. But how about a fully-charged smartphone? As mobile devices and computer programming become increasingly ubiquitous, many ecologists are unsure whether to welcome or be wary of new technology in the classroom.
One organized session at The Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting posed the question at the heart of this issue: Cyberlearning and Ecology— Inherent paradox or ripe with potential?