Teacher Review For iNaturalist

Excellent way to get students outside to photograph local flora and fauna.

Cynthia M.
Classroom teacher
Aptos Middle School
San Francisco, CA
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My Grades 7
My Subjects Science
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I had students use their iPads or cell phones to take pictures outside of the school in the garden of any animal or plant species they could find during one 50 minute period. Students then spend the next few days in the library researching their observations and creating short reports.
My Take
iNaturalist is a great way to get your students outside with their cell phones and or iPads to learn photo taking skills, and to discover plants and animals in their neighborhoods. Students communicate not only with each other but also those individuals connected with the scientific community.