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ERIC Number: EJ1175698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Tracking Nature with Technology
Zydney, Janet; Schaen, Richard
Science and Children, v55 n8 p38-43 Apr 2018
In their role as careful observers of nature, citizen scientists are helping to "answer the most challenging ecological and environmental questions, addressing issues that affect everyday lives" (McKinley et al. 2015). They help answer these questions by providing scientists with a large pool of data that can be analyzed (National Wildlife Foundation 2016). The proliferation of citizen science mobile apps has greatly facilitated this process by enabling anyone with a smartphone or tablet to easily capture data (Malykhina 2013). This enables much greater amounts of data to be collected than otherwise possible. This article describes how, through Project Noah, a non-profit website dedicated to connecting citizen scientists, first graders and fourth graders worked together to locate, research, and share their observations on animals. In the process, the students focused on "Next Generation Science Standards" relating to animals' needs and habitats (NGSS Lead States 2013). The project also emphasized the key 21st-century concept of using technology to foster collaboration (International Society for Technology in Education 2015). Not only was there collaboration among different grade levels within the school, the Project Noah site, which is accessible to the global science community, enabled the students to work with others on a global scale.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A