Help for Teachers


The Philly Scientists App webpage is for teachers working with our biodiversity curriculum and iPad app. This site allows teachers to create groups and assign a unique code for each group to login to the iPad. Teachers can also create locations to identify parks or school yards that students will use look for evidence of plants, insects, and animals.


To begin, teachers must register and create an account with Philly Scientists. Besides supplying the basic name and email address, teachers need to select the school or program that they are with as well.
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Groups: Teachers can see the list of their Groups on this initial group page.
Add Group: Teachers add groups to identify a set of students. A Unique Code that the students can use to register the group on the iPad app.
Edit Group: Edit any group in the list by clicking the "Edit" button or link.


Locations allow teachers to add alternate parks or school yards for their students to collect data from. Otherwise, the default location will be the primary school or program that the teacher is identified with.
Locations: Teachers can see the list of locations that they have added.
Add Location:Teachers can use this to add new locations to their list for students to use.
Edit Location:Edit any location including the name and address. Editing a location after data has been collected will not effect the map coordinates for past data.


The menu has a few different links that allow you to view observations, add groups and locations.
  • Home:  This will take you back to the main splash page of the website.
  • Observations:  This link will display the observation data for all of the programs and classes using the Philly Scientists app.
  • Groups:  This link takes you to the groups page.
  • Locations:  This link takes you to the locations page.
  • My Observations:  This link allows you to see the observations just for your groups.

You have three different views of the observation data. You can switch between the views using the small menu at the top of the page.
  • Data:  This is a simple data view where you can sort and filter the different observations as well as see the images associated with them.
  • Map:   This allows you to see where each observation was taken. The map is more useful to programs that take observations in multiple places.
  • Chart:  The chart view replicates the example that students have in the curriculum. This allows you to take the actual data you collect it and use it in your classroom.