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Seek

Secondary, Elementary, Middle

Description

The "Seek" mobile phone application enhances nature exploration by using image recognition technology to help observers instantly identify animals and plants.  This free digital tool also provides biological information and taxonomic classification for each species, along with options to participate in challenges and citizen science through the iNaturalist website. The "Seek" app turns an outdoor investigation into an interactive learning experience, where students use critical thinking to observe, identify and classify flora and fauna while discovering the remarkable biodiveristy of our natural world. 

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This digital resource supports Grade 3-10 Science investigations that are examining species distribution and abundance within local habitats and ecosystems.  Each species page includes information about taxonomy, seasonality and frequency which can assist students who are learning biological classification systems or exploring how environmental changes may impact regional biodiversity.  The app also enables pupils to practice applying technology in a scientific context to collect and evaluate data.

The "Seek" app could become the basis of a citizen science project where students partner with a community naturalist group to conduct a BioBlitz of a local wetland, forest or grassland habitat to compile a list of plants and animals found there.  The information could identify potential threats such as invasive species and also be used to support local conservation initiatives.  

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        • Scientific Methods: Investigation of the physical world is enhanced through the use of scientific methods that attempt to remove human biases and increase objectivity.
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      • Science
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        • Living Systems: Understandings of the living world, Earth, and space are deepened through investigating natural systems and their interaction
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      • Science
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        • Scientific Methods: Investigation of the physical world is enhanced through the use of scientific methods that attempt to remove human biases and increase objectivity
        • Wetland Ecosystems
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        • Living Systems: Understandings of the living world, Earth, and space are deepened through investigating natural systems and their interactions
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        • Interactions and Ecosystems
        • Plants for Food and Fibre
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        • Environment and Outdoor Education: Environmental Investigations
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        • Science 10-4 (Knowledge and Employability Science): Investigating Matter and Energy in Environmental Systems
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        • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
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        • Science 4: All living things sense and respond to their environment
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        • Senior 2 Science: Dynamics of Ecosystems
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        • Our Local Environment : Learning and Living Sustainably
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        • Experiential Science 10, Terrestial Systems: Ecology of the Land
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        • Science 3: Plants
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        • Science 6: Diversity of Life
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        • Experiential Science 10, Terrestial Systems: Ecology of the Land
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        • Life Systems: Habitats and Communities
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        • Life Systems: Interactions in the Environment
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        • :Biology: Sustainable Ecosystems
        • STEM Skills, Careers, and Connections
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        • Science 9: Decisions and Perspectives
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        • Science 6: Life Science: Diversity of Living Things
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        • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
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        • Science 4: All living things sense and respond to their environment

Themes Addressed

Ecosystems (2)

  • Appreciating the Natural World
  • Biodiversity

Science and Technology (2)

  • Alternative Ways of Doing Science
  • Appropriate Technology