eBooks for eco- and climate explorers is a teaching material that utilize technology and nature-based learning to educate middle school students about their local environment, biodiversity, and how to address climate change using Nature-based Solutions (NBS).


eBooks for eco- and climate explorers is a teaching material that utilize technology and nature-based learning to educate middle school students about their local environment, biodiversity, and how to address climate change using Nature-based Solutions (NBS).

The students will explore their nearby surroundings, capture photographs, and investigate their discoveries by using apps like “SEEK by iNaturalist,” conducting web research, and consulting reference books.

Teachers will provide support throughout the learning process, making connections and guiding students. We have developed a teaching guide to assist teachers in utilizing the provided books and teaching the topic of Nature-based Solutions.
Students will document their learning experiences in groups by creating English field e-books using the ‘Book Creator’ app or a similar. The books can be based on a prepared template. This approach allows students to work on complex tasks, informational texts, and language skills while creating content that will be utilized by others.

Teacher guide to e-books on Nature-based Solutions


Some of the students were completely unaware about considerations about taking a photo and posting it. And to how to be present in a digital world. And why it’s important to understand what you like and what you don’t like about the places where you live, what dangerous and endangered means all sorts of troubles we encountered during our process of learning.

(Croatian teacher 1, 2023)
Q: Can you give me examples of questions from the pupils you haven’t expected?

A: [… Regarding] endangered and dangerous, how can something around us be dangerous? Explaining about water, pollution, about the animals around us. I know they learned about this but somehow learning from the books and learning for a subject seem to have been going pass them. They learned but being put in a situation where they had to decide what to put into the eBook, what to report about. I think that put them in a completely different situation. Responsible for their answers so they asked a lot of questions. […] They learn about how it is dangerous – and how it is important to have clean water and clean air. How some species do not belong where we put them. They learn that and they know the facts, but they do not look around and find examples and report. It is the matter of books, you learn about it, get grades about it and go on. They don’t think in terms of why are schools beautiful and good for us and why are schools ugly and not good for us. Why is where we live good for us and whys should were we live be improved.

Q: What do you think that does to their learning processes?

A: Regreen do wonders (laugh) because it makes them think. So it is a good project. It’s the opportunity of young people to stop learning from books to get a grade, but to look around themselves noticing opportunities to be active, to be outdoors and to speak out when they see something which is not right.

(Croatian teacher 1, 2023)

First, they went in nature, they should find the birds themselves. They have to discover themselves what interests them. They choose their own bird, so nothing was imposed. They choose what interests them the most. So, they had to go to nature to look themselves, to know what interests them and then they should find out more about the bird they choose and, in the end, they should collect all the data and put it in one place, like an eBook.

(Croatian teacher 2, 2023)

I was surprised that everyone in the classroom – in that class there are 29 children and all of them were highly motivated. When we came to the end of the class they were like ‘oh I really want more’. They kept finding information. Like ‘I found out that’ ‘I found out that’. They were really sad that are class was over (laugh)

(Croatian teacher 2, 2023)

They were really eager to find out interesting facts out the birds they made pictures about. They found a great deal of information. Then they found out one of the birds are so intelligent that in Great Britain the birds found out how to open milk bottles. They were mind blown about that (laugh). What I want to say with that is that they were highly motivated to find out fun facts about their birds. Not so much physical aspects like size and color and everything like that. But they were really eager to find out fun facts about the birds they make pictures about.

(Croatian teacher 2, 2023)
Q: Do you have any advice for teachers who would use the material now?

A: I have. you have to believe in the process, you have to be patient and you have to believe in your children and their interests and capabilities. That is my only advice.

Q: Okay. Could you see their interest in the bird grow?

A: I think it was small at first an uplifted with time.  As they learned their interests grew.

Q: To you think they evolved a personal relationship to their birds?

A: Yes, I think they had personal connections.  Because in the end of the project they were like fighting, I had the grey… I had the blue … my bird is better, your is uglier – something like that.  childish (laugh) in a natural way. they were territorial about their birds (laugh)

(Croatian teacher 2, 2023)
Q: How did you experience using the SEEK app?

A1. It was very easy because when we found some flowers or plants, we just have to take a picture of it and then we had all information about it.

Q. Great so it did recognize what you were trying to identify?

Collectively: Yes.
A2: When we were like outside on a walk or at a ride with our bicycles, when we spotted something, we could put in our book we took a picture of it, and got the necessary information. Then it was easier for us to make a chapter about that plant.

Q. So does that mean that you were all on lookout for interesting stuff for your book in your free time?

Collectively: Mostly yeah.
A3: Also, it was very helpful because before when I saw a butterfly for example, I used Google pictures and you can find like other examples and it has different information about it.

(Three Croatian students, 2023)

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