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A perfect place to study, participate in researches, and even ask questions and get professional answers.
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What's it about?
ZOONIVERSE is a research tool that invites volunteers to get involved in the process. You might help identify burial mounds in satellite images or track the bird population at a particular body of water. You may be looking into space. Volunteers don't need any special skills and each research project has clear directions to follow. The projects change as one is completed and another begins. When registering for the site, volunteers may optionally include their name to for acknowledgements in any published studies.
Is it any good?
If you're looking for ways to engage kids in the wonders of research and discovery, look no further. Zooniverse is a great way to introduce kids to academic research, scientific inquiry, and even social studies. With a range of projects available, there's a good chance you'll find something of interest. And Zooniverse encourages everyone to get involved with the understanding that there's no need to be perfect if you're doing your best. That's an important message for kids to hear. Because it is actual research, kids should know that it's not always full of action. For example, searching for birds in a series of pictures for 10 minutes yielded no fowl at all. But for kids who are excited to learn new things and enjoy the feeling of contributing to a larger project, Zooniverse is a wonderful place to start.
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Families can talk about research in the Zooniverse app and outside of it. What does it mean? Why do people do it?
Talk about crowd-sourcing. Why would researchers want large numbers of people to help with their projects? What sorts of activities around your house would be easier with a lot of people?
Families can talk about learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why or why not? What can you learn?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Science: animals, astronomy, ecosystems and the environment
Social Studies: exploration, geography, history
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, collecting data
Self-Direction: academic development, initiative, motivation, working efficiently
Communication: asking questions
Collaboration: group projects, meeting challenges together, teamwork
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 2, 2019
- Category: Education
- Topics: Science and Nature
- Size: 30.00 MB
- Publisher: Chris Lintott
- Version: 2.6.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: July 29, 2019
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