Stuff I Can Do

Your pictures contain a wealth of information. DEW has created software to help you use the properties of color and light and measurements to analyze features in your pictures. The sample activities, guides, and videos on this page describe some of the ways to get the most from your pictures!

Where to Begin?

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  • Citizen Science Academy

    CSA Academy

    Explorations in Educational Settings is an Online Course about Picture Post and other citizen science programs that is offered several times a year.

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    iBook: Monitoring Environmental Change with iPads

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    Available from iTunes, this iBook explains everything about using Picture Posts with students including analyzing data in pictures, and is a great reference for anyone who wants to plan and begin a Picture Post project. Authored by Apple Distinguished Educator and award-winning environmental science teacher, Nick LaFave, we are pleased to share this exciting resource.

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    Plant Monitoring Activities

    Plan and take repeated photographs for citizen science projects. Capture events, monitor a local park, a wetland, a riverbank, or even plants in the backyard!

    Projects for Educators

    DEW Picture Analysis Tools

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    DEW has created a software bundle and learning guides about color, light, and pixels, and how to use these to analyze features in digital images.

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    Included in the Software Bundle

    • ColorBasics
      Color plays an important role in the information contained in digital images. How well do you understand color?
    • DigitalImageBasics 
      Learn about the concepts behind digital image analysis and try out the features of the Analyzing Digital Images program.
    • AnalyzingDigitalImages (ADI)
      This is THE software tool: use this program for measuring spatial features in pictures such as length and area of items, for doing color analysis to view spectral features, and to measure change in two or more images.
    • MovieTracker
      Tools similar to ADI, but applied to movies instead of still images.
    • ForestAnalysis (included in Analyzing Digital Images) 
      Select an area in the USA and explore how Old Growth forests have changed. How has the forest cover changed in your region or at the location of your Picture Post?