Teacher Review For Project Noah

Engage With YOUR Environment

Michelle K.
Instructional Technology Specialist
South Western School District
Hanover, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
"As a teacher, it is great to set up a local public mission and have students begin identifying wildlife in a specified radius, such as 10 miles. I found this has to be done on the website at http://projectnoah.org. As the mission continues, students will be able to identify habitats based on the wildlife they have spotted and added to the mission. It may also be interesting to see where species have crossed over into another habitat. The field guide is a valuable resource in and out of the classroom! Individuals sign in with a Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Windows Live, or AOL account which could prove troubling for younger students. After registering on the website as teacher, it is possible to set up a class on the education website at http://www.projectnoah.org/education. It would be nice if the students could then login to the app with the classroom credentials, but that connection is missing in the beta version of the education component. If Project Noah gets this working, it would be great because when students login to the app, they can keep track of their own finds and missions and also participate in any missions established by the teacher."
My Take
"The Project Noah app is a really engaging way to have students learn about nature in their area and compare to other areas based on what they find/don't find. What a great way to have students learn more about and appreciate the nature right around them. The app has areas for My Spottings - wildlife they find around them, My Missions - local or global groups for documenting and exploring specific wildlife and/or areas, and My Patches where students can collect badges for participation activities. Students can upload images of what they see and geotag by location. The embedded field guide is chock full of resources for identifying wildlife by look and/or location and includes a search tool. Initially, your local area may not be too populated, but what a nice way to have your students crowdsource the setup!"