Citizen Science Using Jellywatch

Jellywatch lesson banner

Students will use the Jellywatch website to download and analyze raw data of sightings recorded through this citizen science initiative. Students will use a modified data set from Jellywatch to investigate the geographic distribution of the jellyfish sightings recorded. Students will also use real-time data from Jellywatch to search for recent sightings of jellies in their own region, where applicable. Students will communicate their findings for a formative assessment using an Infographic platform. Multiple extensions allow the flexibility for students to collect their own data and to demonstrate the importance of programs that collect such data.

Authors: Miriam Sutton, Robert Flores, Katie Lodes, Elizabeth Eubanks; EARTH 2014


  1. See Teacher Overview of Citizen Scientist and (PDF)
  2. See Citizen Science and
  3. See Teacher Jelly Tutorial – Key (PowerPoint Presentation)

Teacher Materials

Student Materials


  • Students will go out and collect data for
  • Students will evaluate the usefulness of the app and website. The Survey Monkey link can be found at

Additional Resources

Infographic “making” websites

Essentials of Infographics

Jellyfish Content Background

Post-lesson Survey

This Survey Monkey is designed for students, teachers or the general public to submit after they have used the mobile app and/or webpage.


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