Teacher Review For iNaturalist

This website is valuable to students who are stuck and would like help from a professional to ID plants/wildlife.

Jeffrey G.
Classroom teacher
Grand Island High School, Grand Island, NY
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I currently use it as bonus points on our Ecosystem/Biomes unit. It is a great motivator. Students continue to use it after the unit and it gives them a purpose to go on a nature walk. If you are a teacher in an area where "nature deficit disorder" is out of control, try this.
My Take
If you use this website for instruction, it will motivate students to get outside and photograph nature. They can connect their Flikr account and get help from a community of professionals on the photographs of nature they took. I thought this worked well. You will need to dedicate some time to setting up accounts.