Project Noah

Common Sense Media says

Online community encourages citizen science; watch privacy.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids are empowered to be part of a scientific community and protect their world.

Violence

Some photos show dead animals but with educational intent. For example, photos of dead fish in the Gulf Oil Spill Impact Mission.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy and safety concerns. When posting a spotting using a mobile device, your location is mapped and posted to the site. Users sign in with an existing email address or social networking account (e.g., Google, Facebook, or Twitter), and activity can be automatically shared on those sites.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Project Noah is an online community and citizen science website that allows users to submit nature photos to help with global research missions and record biodiversity. The website is used along with a mobile app, which kids can use to upload photos on location. There are some privacy and safety concerns for younger kids. Kids must sign in with an existing email or social networking account (Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and full functionality requires access to location. Submitted photos are associated with the login account and include a link to the user's profile, for which there is an option to include name and photo. Kids using Project Noah in conjunction with a teacher-monitored education account have more protections than those using a public user account.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals
  • biology
  • ecosystems
  • plants

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • collecting data
  • investigation

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Project Noah lets kids post digital pictures and descriptions of organisms from their own backyard. It's really fun to identify creatures, and the photography can be fantastic.

Learning Approach

Kids can collect and share data with scientists from around the world, which makes learning relevant and authentic. The crowdsourcing approach involves kids on a personal level, which they'll love.

Support

Limited support is available for users struggling to use the site, but the interface is pretty straightforward. Those with more questions can refer to the website version if needed.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals
  • biology
  • ecosystems
  • plants

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • collecting data
  • investigation

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Kids can learn about biological diversity, habitats, and human impact on ecosystems. Project Noah lets kids do the real-life fieldwork of biologists and ecologists by helping track a particular species or adding to a catalog of data about a neighborhood or region. In addition, the community structure of the website helps kids build important collaboration skills. Project Noah is a free and easy way to take part in biodiversity research with the support of a knowledgeable and global community.

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

PROJECT NOAH is an online community where users share images and locations of organisms they spot. Specific missions let kids collect data as part of a global scientific community. Together, this data forms a more detailed picture of species diversity in various parts of the world. Kids can chat with other users as well as comment on and follow their \"spottings.\" By submitting photos and joining missions they can earn patches. A field guide displays photos submitted by others and can be filtered by wildlife type.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Project Noah is a vehicle for users to share their nature explorations. It can be used by anyone, from elementary students to seasoned scientists, to collect data about species diversity. It's best used to get kids engaged in conservation and scientific inquiry.  Kids will feel empowered that data from this site is used in actual research. It will also help them recognize the ecological diversity that is present in their own community. 

While Project Noah reflects how scientists collaborate and share data online, users are limited to taking pictures and describing organisms. Some kids might not find this very exciting. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the benefits and risks of social networking sites. How can you participate in sites like Project Noah while still staying safe?

  • Explore your own backyard and document the organisms you find as part of the Global Urban Biodiversity Mission or the International Spider Survey.

  • Enjoy the biodiversity that currently exists on Earth and talk about ways we can preserve it.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature, Wild animals
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Educator and Parent Written bykdwyer4 July 11, 2013
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9
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Worth a look

This website would be a great research tool for a student doing a research project on something in the environment. There are links for some of the organisms so that students can find more information out about the organisms from other quoted sources. I can't see children spending a lot of time on this website unless they were really into finding a specific organism, as there are just pictures and some comments for each one and this may not captivate a child's interest.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old May 21, 2013
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2
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love it!

This site is amazing I love the pics they are SO real it is a great learning source I love it it really shows and teaches them about the wild! I love it!
What other families should know
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Safety and privacy concerns
Parent Written byBinghamKeiser August 22, 2013
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10
QUALITY
 

Fun blend of nature, science and the great outdoors for kids and adults

This app is wonderful for getting the kids outdoors! Most kids have at least a camera on their mobile phone so all they need to do is just be kids and find critters and plants to take photos of. The online community helps the kids identify what their uploaded images. This app introduces them to organisms from around the world, different habitats, scientific names, and unique facts about organisms. Entire classrooms can sign up as part of their science class. My two teenagers love it and I'm addicted!
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