Would you like to explore nature and wildlife with students? Let's take a look at Project Noah.
Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.
- Discover thousands of organisms from around the world.
- Document nature with your mobile phone.
- Help scientists with ongoing research.
Students are curious about the world around them. Project Noah encourages this natural curiosity and turns students into nature explorers. In it's simplest form, teachers can use the Project Noah site or mobile app to explore flora and fauna around the world. This in itself makes Project Noah a worthwhile classroom resource your students will love.
However, Project Noah has additional features you can consider introducing to your classroom.
Project Noah now has an entire beta site dedicated to education. This allows you to get your classroom signed up, assign students nature missions, view educator resources, and more.
My personal favorite of these additional features is Project Noah Missions. This is an amazing way to join forces with other amateur scientists from around the world for a common cause. Students can document and record their own findings with their mobile devices as they work to complete the classroom mission. For example, a perfect mission for those starting out is Global Schoolyard Bioblitz. This mission is all about students exploring their own schoolyards and documenting their findings.
For something tailored specifically to your students, you can even create your own custom mission for your classroom.
So what are you waiting for! Check out this great tool, and report back your findings as a comment on this article.
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.