As more and more classrooms make use of crafty in-class technologies such as SMART Boards, virtual field trips on computers, tablets, and other high tech tools, we must make a conscious effort to remember the value of hands-on, outdoor, face-to-face activities. Getting kids outside, having them interact with one another and their environment, making observations and doing things with their hands can provide a full five-sense experience. What’s more engaging than a learning experience that gets you to use your sight (observation), hearing (listening), touch, sense of smell, and sometimes even your taste buds?
– “Nature Deficit Disorder? Not my kids!” BirdSleuth K-12, Cornell Lab of Ornithology (February 2013)