Nature: Explore IT! Part 4 – Using Apps for Citizen Science

Our society is increasingly reliant on information technology (IT) in our everyday lives. The four-part Nature: Explore IT! workshop series will familiarize you with the technology and capabilities of mobile devices (phones and tablets), using examples that build on an overarching theme of exploring nature using IT.

While each workshop builds on the knowledge gained in Part 1 – Getting Started, later offerings in this series are designed to stand alone, particularly for participants with a basic familiarity with mobile device technology.

Finally, learn about apps and widgets, particularly as they facilitate contributions to Citizen Science via mobile technology, in:

Part 4 – Using Apps for Citizen Science

  • What is an app? Where are the best places to get them, and how to know which are top-quality?
  • Common nature apps for Citizen Science, including eBirdEDDMaps, and the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas.
  • What is a Hotspot? How to turn your phone into a Hotspot
  • Downloading and broadcasting sound files using microphones, speakers, and Bluetooth technology

… other topics to be determined based on participants’ interests.

Two two-hour session options are offered for Part 4 – Using Apps for Citizen Science: April 2 (Sunday) from 1-3 pm*, or April 4 (Tuesday) from 1-3 pm*. Advance registration required. Fee is $15/person. This workshop includes a short hike to gather and document natural history information, so dress appropriately for 20 minutes outdoors.

*A 30-minute refresher on the basics, as per Part 1: Getting Started, will be offered prior to each session. $5/person.

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