How I Use It
Project Noah is a great tool to help students appreciate a global perspective on organism diversity. Teachers can create a classroom account where students can participate in various missions or specific tasks set up by other users. These assignments might include documenting river animals or taking pictures of the plants near their school. Teachers and students are also encouraged to upload their own pictures of plants and animals. After uploading the images, students can properly identify the organisms or ask the Project Noah community for assistance if they are unsure of names. The location tagging of pictures helps students see how organisms can be in many places in the world when habitats are similar. If studying classification or binomial nomenclature, the website would be useful in allowing students to view a wide variety of organisms and scientific names on one site. For advanced learners, there are a number of unidentified organisms waiting for their proper labeling. Students could conduct investigations on likely names and defend their findings to their entire class. In addition to promoting skills and concepts, students can engage in extended thinking by answering how Project Noah promotes the preservation of organisms and why the site removes the location pins from critically endangered species.
Project Noah could be used at a number of grade levels for a diverse population of students. The impressive images make a great resource for visual learners. It is very easy to set up an account, upload pictures and navigate the site. Because Project Noah has users from around the world, it helps give students a global appreciation of organisms and also provides real-world connections to experts. The site does a nice job of protecting students by not using full names or allowing pictures of individuals. By encouraging students to create their own missions, the site helps promote personalized learning and higher-level thinking. What would make Project Noah the perfect teaching tool would be an educator space beyond the simple creation and maintenance of a classroom account. If teachers could design, upload and share plans related to the site, it could become a very productive resource for lessons on traits, classification, biodiversity and adaptation.