What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
- collecting data
- analyzing evidence
- meeting challenges together
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.