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KeyToNature: a new e-way to discover biodiversity

One of the first steps in discovering and understanding biodiversity is to identify the organisms around us. Traditionally, this has been done using paper-printed keys which enable us to correctly name an organism. Most of them, however, are "difficult" and hardly usable for educational purposes. KeyToNature is developing a range of new, much easier and paper-free identification tools, for use within schools and universities across Europe. They are available on a variety of platforms including laptops and mobile phones and can be tailored to individual requirements.

The project mobilizes 14 partners from 11 EU countries, including leading centres in biology, pedagogy, education, and information technology.


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Tools

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Search for identification tools
Search for identification tools

Search for images and other media
Search for images and other media


KeyToNature has produced more than 1000 identification tools, which are searchable here. They are being tested in schools of all levels (from primary schools to universities) in 11 European countries. Associate Members willing to share their identification tools or to collaborate in involving schools are welcome.
Collaboration with schools

(How to join?)

Austria
Austria

Belgium
Belgium

Bulgaria
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(Bulgaria)

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Estonia

Germany
Germany

Italy
Italy

Netherlands
Netherlands

Romania
Romania

Slovenia
Slovenia

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Spain

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United Kingdom


KeyToNature is working with teachers and educators across Europe. If you are a teacher, the national portals will tell you how can you join the KeyToNature community.
Teacher's handbook

(How to use the tools?)


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Teacher's handbook (English)


In the teacher's e-handbook area you will find detailed information on KeyToNature and its tools. You will get pedagogical advice for the use of the tools in your teaching activities and see examples of pedagogical scenarios. KeyToNature is interested in receiving feedback from users: (Evaluation of tools)




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This project is funded under the eContentplus programme, a multiannual Community programme to make digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable. — Contract no. ECP-2006-EDU-410019

Disclaimer: Information on this website is provided at the sole responsibility of the KeyToNature Project Consortium. It does not represent the opinion of the European Community and the European Community is not responsible for any use that might be made of it.

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