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Crowdsourcing, Gamification, and Citizen Science

Started over 1 year ago by Amber Carr.


Hello Everyone! I hope that you are all doing well.
I realized that I had slides from a previous talk on informal education that I gave that might serve as an introduction to the lessons that I am working on posting for you. I'm not sure if any of you have used crowdsourcing, citizen science, or gaming approaches in the classroom, but these slides have some resources if that's something you might be interested in doing. Since my own research is in the areas of biomaterials and protein folding, I have the most experience with using FoldIt and EteRNA with students and these slides mostly focus on these areas, but there are great resources out there in other areas of science, too.
I'm planning on posting a few lessons using FoldIt and EteRNA, but if you have any questions in the meantime or want to further discuss these approaches to teaching, I am more than happy to talk about how I have successfully used them in the past.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Amber

Carr_AMNH_Informal_Education.pptx

9 Comments

  • Amber Carr

    Posted over 1 year ago

    Thanks for those links, Jodi - these sites look really cool, and I love that the students are hooked on the game aspect of the quizzes. It's been fascinating to see gaming and citizen science used in my own field of research to make scientific discoveries using FoldIt and EteRNA, and interestingly, some of the best players of these scientific games have been young people! Here is a link to a video featuring the inventor of these games and talking about how they work and their popularity with a very diverse group of people online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTlNNFQxs_A

  • Jodi Fertoli

    Posted over 1 year ago

    Reading the heading of this post - gamification - check out Quizizz (https://quizizz.com/) similar to the kahoot I mentioned in an earlier post but just a fun way to get students engaged while assessing them on content.

  • Jodi Fertoli

    Posted over 1 year ago

    A colleague of mine started a biotechnology course this year. I will share this information with her!

  • Amber Carr

    Posted over 1 year ago

    No worries at all, Lacy - this is something that I would have liked to present to everyone if we had gotten started earlier. I just wanted to make sure that you had the resources in case you were interested in incorporating any of these ideas into future courses. I know that things are always crazy at the end of the year, but I am always glad to chat!

  • Lacy Buck

    Posted over 1 year ago

    Looking at this, is almost overwhelming to digest it all, as we are trying to close up our school year.  I think it would be more beneficial to look at this together (if we can pull together a video chat) and have you walk us through some of this.  I have no experience in any of these...

  • Amber Carr

    Posted over 1 year ago

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  • Amber Carr

    Posted over 1 year ago

    Hi All! I am posting some resources on using EteRNA and FoldIt in the classroom, and a few papers on how gaming and crowdsourcing have benefitted the scientific community. If you are going to be teaching biological molecules before the end of the semester and would like to incorporate these games into your classroom, please let me know and I would be glad to help out!