In June I teach a science course for pre-service teachers who will be working with elementary and middle years level students. I am in Western Canada, prairie region.
One experience I want them to engage with is a citizen science project. However, I wanted to have them fairly focused down on a local experience, where they shared data they collected over that time around where they lived (most in the same locality) and discuss this information. This is more about the process of engagement than establishing research level information (though that’s desirable).
So…I thought I could create a small project (4-5 days) using iNaturalist around Birds (but could include other organisms) and have them gather their observations and as a class we could discuss both what we found as a group and the pedagogy of the undertaking.
Here’s some things I am wondering about…
What can iNaturalist allow me to accumulate and download in terms of data, i.e. graphs, excel sheets, can be downloaded from such a collection of data?
Can the information collected for the project be contained within the project or will other information collected in the same areas, automatically be included?
Anyway, if you want to offer some suggestions, advice on the use of iNaturalist in this endeavour I would welcome them.
Thanks for considering.