|Goal||Help scientists study tree species distribution.|
|Task||Identify and locate tree species using an iPhone or iPad.|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet Washington, 20560 DC 20560|
Leafsnap is a series of electronic field guides developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. The free mobile apps use visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves, and contain beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruits, petioles, seeds and bark. Leafsnap turns app-users into citizen scientists, automatically sharing images, species identifications, and geo-coded stamps of species locations with a community of scientists who will use the stream of data to map and monitor the ebb and flow of flora. The Leafsnap family of electronic field guides aims to leverage digital applications and mobile devices to build an ever-greater awareness of and appreciation for biodiversity.
|How to Join|
An iPhone or iPad with an Internet connection.
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||On a walk, run, On a hike|
|Tags||app, flower, forest, identification, ipad, iphone, leaf, maps, park, plant, smithsonian, tree, trees, woods|
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yvonnegreene43 12/15/2016Easy to use but available data is limited to Northeastern USA.
salbury 12/15/2016Provides excellent images to help students identify the tree species, unfortunately as of right now it only has information on the trees of the Northeastern US.
SaRivera 12/15/2016Can be used as a simple activity to get students outdoors and apply their use of science processing skills (observation, prediction, recording, communicating), knowledge of living things and plant parts, and the use of technology.
pamela 12/15/2016I liked the app but my students don't have their own devices allowed during school time so I'd have to use my own, which is fine but that's ok
nikkimonique21 12/15/2016Excellent! Great hands on science project.
nkasuboske 12/15/2016Very straightforward and easy to use app. Excellent for a biology teacher either introducing or looking to extend application of classification and field study.
lenoirp23 12/15/2016This is a great project for students integrating science with reading. Students can do a compare and contrast for living things.
katespencer 12/15/2016Nature of science, science tools, obtaining data, comparing and discussing data, ios devices readily available-only problem was the signal.
jred8987 12/15/2016Simple activity to get the kids moving, but not worth the time
joannhoy 12/15/2016if technology isn't working properly students would become very frustrated
lunarangelcm 12/15/2016I could not use it because it was unavailable on my phone.
carolyn.santangelo 12/15/2016limitations of camera and photo capabilities
Axel Loredo 04/23/2015
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