Reflection: High Quality Task Biodiversity Survey part 3: Citizen Science (Creating and Curating an iNaturalist Project) - Section 2: Creating a Project


In the future, I'd like to open up the creation of projects to students to increase their ownership of this project.  I would be very interested in seeing what types of projects they would come up with, but seeing as this was the first time I've used this platform, I figured a more general "survey" project was the most straightforward way to go about this.  The project itself was successful on the terms I had conceived it, namely a way to get students more focused and observant of the diversity of life surrounding them in their daily lives, but it would be great to see what they could use iNaturalist to do.

Ideas abound: after talking with some students some very interesting ideas came up such as a project documenting pigeons using buildings or other man made structures for nests, a project mapping every individual organism in a single park, and a project to map all the fruit trees in a neighborhood.

Again, iNaturalist is a powerful tool to get students more interested in the natural world around them and to share that interest with a larger community.  I think that when I next do this project, I will try and have the students collectively design a project they think is worthwhile, similar to how students completely took responsibility for the designing their Modeling Human Impact project. 

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Biodiversity Survey part 3: Citizen Science (Creating and Curating an iNaturalist Project)

Unit 6: Biodiversity
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: Students will be able to work individually over the long term on a collective endeavor to document and identify the biodiversity that surrounds them with the ultimate goal of creating a body of data that will be useful to scientists.

Big Idea: Students are more engaged when they are DOING science rather than just learning ABOUT science.

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