Virtual Learning Activities


The following virtually interactive learning activities (Pollinator APPS) were designed to support the pollinator conservation teaching curriculum by:

  1. increasing student knowledge about flowers and pollinators
  2. improving student understanding and empathy for global pollinator decline
  3. motivating students to apply learned pollinator conservation techniques in daily life.

The most powerful justification for electronic learning activities is that they are intimately familiar to digital generation students and are, in fact, their learning preference. Instant feedback is built in as is an opportunity to repeat at any time.

Teachers have discovered that these electronic learning activities are portable and require minimal set-up time in the classroom, provide increased accessibility for students who may be squeamish, allergic or absent during class and are reviewable for study, homework or examinations, are flexible and can be used as stand-alone teaching tools or plugged into any of a variety of lessons. Use of these apps also ensures that every student can access the same material, no matter when they begin, can choose where and when they complete the apps, can revisit sections that were unclear, or review the entire curriculum from time to time. The learning apps are available 24/7 – 365, can be used as teaching tools in a classroom, small work groups, individual study and may be even used on e-learning days (snow days) as homework, review or as extra credit assignments.

Recommended Browsers: The interactive learning activities should work in most modern browsers. We recommend you use an up-to-date version of one of these browsers (in order of preference):

Credit: The apps were conceived and designed by Dr. Timothy J. Gibb, Dr. Christian Y. Oseto, and the Purdue University Department of Entomology as part of a pollinator conservation education grant funded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). Purdue’s Envision Center and Agricultural Communication Department assisted in producing the apps.

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