Citizen Science with Mobile Apps

Science doesn’t always take place in a lab (or classroom). With the help of mobile devices, we can take students outdoors to participate in real world science and data collection. Citizen Science is a growing movement where “citizens” can participate in research that is relevant locally and globally. Many of these projects allow our students to collaborate with scientists. In this session, you will learn how citizen science can inspire students to get involved in global investigations. We will explore iNaturalist, Project Noah, and others, in the classroom and “in the field”.


I based this project off of Julie Byrne's work at Montgomery High School.  Here is her website with information about how she used iNaturalist with her students.





Helpful Equipment:






*The eBird apps are expensive - if using it for my classroom, I would just use the website.

Presentation for Students:

Student Handouts:

Carlmont High School Biology Project:



Student Samples:

(Some students did this as an extra project at the end of the school year.  Next year, I would have students create blogs to use all year long, not just for iNaturalist, but for labs, current events, etc.)  Here are my instructions for students to set up their blogs using Blogger.


Ideas for Classroom Use: