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The "Atlas of Living Australia" is an app and a website that aggregates data on all Australian species of flora and fauna and provides a capability to analyse the data geospatially. Once registered, you can provide feedback about the atlas and record an observation of a species, upload a photograph or share information on a species. You can search by species and by location or you can join a citizen science project.
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Ecolinc's "Biodiversity of the Western Volcanic Plains Flora and Fauna Field Guide" features images, information and maps about the region's species. It also includes a mobile survey tool that allows users to upload images of organisms that they come across in the field and add them to the data base with GPS location, date and other local observations.
Ecolinc are also producing a mobile survey tool called 'Quadrats Online', which will investigate both virtual and actual plant quadrats. This will be available in September 2013.
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" Explain Everything" is a recording app that allows you to record wrtiting, drawing and audio on the screen of your iPad. It is very useful for recording explanations of concepts that require chemical symbols or diagrams, as you are not restricted to text.
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The "Field Guide to Victorian Fauna", produced by Museum Victoria, includes images, maps and information about common and threatened species found in south-eastern Australia. It includes animal types from birds and butterflies to snakes and spiders, with it's endangered status and taxonomy.
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The "Field Guide to Pest Animals of Australia" includes sections on toads, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles. For each animal type it has images, common and scientific names, maps, history and biology, habitat, origin and other information, as well as links to further resources.
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"Leafsnap" is an electronic field guide for tree and plant species in New York City and Washington, DC. Although it is not for Australia, I think it is a great idea and perhaps something that could be considered for our native trees and flora. This app allows the user to identify trees by taking a picture of a leaf, which is digitally matched to the database.
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"Project Noah "is an app and a website that allows the user to explore and document wildlife. But it also acts as a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere, by helping scientists with ongoing research.
"For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process." ~ Wall Street Journal.
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"Flickr" is the most popular online photo management and sharing application in the world. If you have a school or class account (or even if your students sign up individually) they can share their photos with the world. When you take students on excursions they can immediately upload their images to the site, or submit their images to a group that you have set up.
For example, you can set a theme, such as "Water" or "Geology" and students add their images from home or holidays.
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"Dropbox" is a free app that allows you to save photos, docs, and videos from a computer or mobile device and share them easily. Access any file you save to your "Dropbox" from all your devices and set up public folders that are accessible to students.
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"Skitch" is an app that you can use to annotate images - adding text, arrows, diagrams, shapes and highlights. Great for anatomy (circulatory system, flowers, brain).
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Thinglink is a site where you can create interactive images - you create a 'hotspot' on an image you have uploaded and you can link webpages, YouTube videos and any other URL to the image.
You could add an image of a wind turbine, a combustion engine or a motorbike for example, and link it to pages that explain how it works, where it is made etc.
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WordFoto allows the user to create attractive images using an image and up to 10 different words.
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The "360 Panorama" app allows you to take wide shots of landscapes that can be saved as interactive images and sent in emails or uploaded to Twitter.
"360 Panorama turns your device into a full featured 360 degree panoramic camera. Easily capture immersive panoramas in seconds and instantly share your 360 view with the world. Simply pan the camera and watch as images are stitched seamlessly. 360 Panorama captures the scene in a way you never could with a traditional camera." ~ iTunes.
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There are many camera apps for android and ios devices, with a range of features. The standard camera in any mobile phone will allow the users to take images that can then be cropped, enhanced or altered with apps such as "CropSuey", "Instagram" (also for sharing images) or "HDR for free".
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Any of the many weather apps are useful when planning an outdoor excursion, but also for recording the conditions on the day - some have location, temperature, wind speed, humidity, UV index and animated radar loops showing approaching rain showers.
Voice_recorder
Any of the voice recorder apps are very useful in the field to record audio - bird calls, frog calls or the student's own voice as they describe the habitat, weather conditions, location or other important information. These audio files can then be emailed directly to the student or teacher or saved to a class Dropbox.