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Citizen Science in the Classroom - The Fun and The Failures
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Poster Title: Citizen Science in the Classroom - The Fun and The Failures
Submitted on 16 Nov 2015
Author(s): Michelle Neil
Affiliations: Australian Citizen Science Association
This poster was presented at Maximising the Capacity of Citizen Science for Science and Society: A Fenner Conference on the Environment
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Abstract: Many Australian teachers are unfamiliar with Citizen Science, how it is related to the National Curriculum and how they can fit it in to their science class.

Citizen Science, at its basic level, fits perfectly into the national curriculum under the areas of “Science as a Human Endeavour” (exploring and observing the world) as well as “Science Enquiry Skills” (make observations, processing and analysing data).

Both students and teachers are amazed at the possibilities when told about them and are eager and excited. But it isn’t all fun and games. Sometimes there is difficulty with the school structure itself or the area in which a school is situated in. How do we tell teachers about citizen science and the wonderful ipad apps they can use in their classroom when schools are 1. new to apps / ipads and 2. new to citizen science?

The Fun:

•Showing students how to take a picture correctly. (This is often overlooked on Citizen Science portal’s training sessions)

•Exploring the macro and micro scales (Bowerbird)

•Discussing the ecology of a stream or even the school oval (birds and bugs)

The Failures:

•No school wifi signal down at the watercourse / creek / school oval to upload results

•Blurry pictures from enthusiastic students

•OH&S requirements of the school system (permission slips, hazard forms etc.)

•Cameras disabled on ipad / tablets

•Tablets / ipads not used at the school

•Emailing teachers who can’t receive HTML format or picture files

This poster aims to be an informative look from the other side of Citizen Science – The Citizen.
Summary: This poster aims to be an informative look from the other side of Citizen Science – The Citizen. References: 1. Australian National Curriculum – Science http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/science/content-structure Accessed 14/7/2015 9:47 PM

2. Educating Deborah Website http://educatingdeborah.com/the-australian-national-curriculum-with-programming-summary/ Accessed 19/07/15 11:14 PM
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