See the world through Siftr: Field Day Lab’s widely used citizen-science tool goes mobile

Think of the world as one big classroom. That is the concept behind Siftr, an online citizen-science platform created in 2015 by David Gagnon, director of Field Day Lab at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, to help promote fieldwork in schools.

Siftr encourages people to learn more about the world by actually observing it, documenting discoveries through photographs and sharing their projects online at

“Siftr helps teachers engage students more in the learning process by blurring the line between school and not school,” Gagnon says of this free digital teaching tool.

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