Technology-enhanced learning in Botany: uses and functionality

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*this list is not an exhaustive, more and more botany apps are becoming available.

Use and online functionality Examples
Online identificatory keys with image galleries: digital format improves searchability
  1. University of Aveiro (Silva et al. 2010) http://www.biorede.pt/index2.htm
  2. The University of Sydney: eFlora: Vascular Plants of the Sydney Region http://eflora.library.usyd.edu.au/ (Henwood et al. 2006)
  3. La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica, wiki for students visiting the rainforest to identify 65 of the most common families based on identification of some basic morphology (Shumway et al., 2010).http://wikis.wheatonma.edu/rainforest/index.php
  4. Griffith University “Grows at Griffith”. Multi-platform iPhone and android app https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/grows_at_griffith/
Object repositories: metatags improve searchability and sharability
  1. The University of Sydney: eBot Plant Sciences Collection (Quinnell et al. 2009)
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew: KewImages http://images.kew.org/
Themed trials: these bring botanical information to the field and broaden the interest of a defined collection of plants
  1. Cambridge University Botanic Gardens “chemical trail”. Users with a web-enabled device can access, via a QR code, information on phytochemicals derived from plants in the university’s collection (Battle et al. 2012). This tool provides an interactive experience linking common phytochemicals to plants within the Botanic Gardens, which are part of the campus grounds. http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/Botanic/Trail.aspx?p=27&ix=11
  2. UNSW ‘green trail’ is an app, which includes 25 plants themed to promote the practice of environmental sustainability. Information includes descriptive text/sound files for each plant together with a location map. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/unsw-green-trail/
  3. Campus Flora University of California, Santa Barbara CA, USA, offers an interactive website that maps the plants on campus and four self-guided walking tours as print material.
  4.  City of Melbourne Urban Forest Visual
  5. Flora of Rutgers Campus as an educational research project http://deenr.rutgers.edu/FoRC Poster_Botany 2012_2012-06-20.pdf
Collaborative data gathering: broadens the base of users contributing scientific data 1. ClimateWatch (2012) App allows sightings of animals, plants, protists, fungi to be recorded with date stamped, geolocated photographs. The emphasis here is using the community at large to assist in gathering data sets for biodiversity. http://www.climatewatch.org.au/mobile

2. This could be good… “Open Foris is a set of free and open-source software tools that facilitates flexible and efficient data collection, analysis and reporting…
The initiative is a collaborative effort of numerous public and private institutions and it is hosted by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. http://www.openforis.org

3. iNaturalist.

Screenshots of iOS apps in RQ’s collection. Only free apps shown here – need to update to include links to Apps from Australia (e.g. Waite Aboretum, SA).

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