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ERIC Number: EJ929918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Understanding Biodiversity through Collaborative Research
Forrer, Charlotte
Primary Science, n113 p10-12 May-Jun 2010
Science is exciting because it is so accessible to the enthusiastic beginner. However, there is still a separation between professional scientists and novices, even in relatively open fields such as natural history. To help overcome this, the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is supporting projects that bring scientists, amateur experts and complete novices together. One such project is "iSpot", a biodiversity website that uses photography as a basis for learning more about the diversity of life. Allowing children to use cameras to record and observe nature can generate high levels of engagement, and websites such as "iSpot" enable those photographs to be shared with a much wider audience and for a real purpose. This article describes how the author used this website in school and involved her pupils in online research demonstrating the real-world value of science. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom