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A user-friendly app to help your students to become citizen scientists
How I Use It
I have used this app with very young students to introduce the concept of writing scientific reports and being an active contributor to a larger scientific community. After some introduction and shared-used elementary students can begin to use the app independently at home and at school during science walks to observe and report data. The app serves as a nice extension activity for many science lessons because you can take students out as a class or send them outside individually to spot specific species and practice writing scientific observations. These observations also have more meaning since they are submitted to a global community that uses the app and can comment in response to student reports. The Field Guide is a great way for students to learn what other people have reported in their area and it’s a good starting point for a research projects on plants or animals.
Project Noah is a great teaching tool that enables and encourages students of almost any age to become citizen scientists. The spotting feature makes the app interactive by asking students to submit their own findings and in doing so, practice and apply their knowledge of science (species, habitat, observations). The My Missions section offers students a way to connect with their local communities and interests in specific types of plants or animals by joining missions to spot and share findings about wildlife. This can motivate students to participate, as can the built-in badge system, which positively reinforces students for engaging with the app and acting as a citizen scientist. The classroom feature of the website/app makes it easy to setup accounts for your students and see all of your kids’ observations together.