How I Use It
Our school is near a large nature preserve. We frequently walk through the park. This app has given us a way to upload pictures we take and learn more about the habitat we are exploring. Additionally, as outlined in my take, students learn about wildlife from other places too. Some of our students are from other countries, we get to learn about their former homes and the plants and animals we would see there if we could visit. Because I work with very young children, I upload content and type in the data. Children are allowed to use the iPhone to take pictures. I will sometimes bring my personal camera to take higher quality pictures and upload from a home computer. We will use the iPad or iPhone app to access the app later in the classroom. Have used with a max of 12 students. Prefer working in small groups of no more than 5 students for the most meaningful conversations.
I enjoy that it allows us to connect our real natural world with our digital world. We build the connection between what we see in the world and on a screen. Now, new animals that are not in our local environment that we see on a screen have more meaning because the students understand someone far away is taking the picture. Animals from other places are more tangible.