Initial Publication Date: October 20, 2011

In the Trenches - October 2011

Volume 1, Number 4

In This Issue

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RoomQuake!: Turn Your Classroom into a Seismic Fault Zone

The authors describe an immersive learning experience for teaching seismology. The activity transforms a entire classroom into a working laboratory where students interpret seismograms and determine the location of earthquake epicenters.

  • RoomQuake!

A Changing of the Guard at Journal of Geoscience Education

IRIS Teachable Moments
Educational Aftershocks: Engage Students with Rapid-Response Resources

IRIS Teachable Moments are rapid response resources to empower educators to respond spontaneously following large, newsworthy earthquakes. 

Recognizing Top Geoscience Educators: The NAGT and GSA Education Division Awards for 2011

PolarTREC: To Antarctica in the Name of Research and Teaching!

Author Lesley Urasky describes her trip to Antarctica with the PolarTREC program and how it influenced her teaching by providing her with scientific research experiences in an interdisciplinary environment.

Field Cognition and Behavior
Practical Lessons from Research on Field Cognition and Behavior

Libarkin et al. discuss how research data can provide insight into ways training can be improved, including providing novice students with explicit instructions for how to spend their time in a field and for transferring knowledge onto a map.

Geo2YC Becomes First NAGT Division

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Web Features

NAGT, its members, and its sponsored projects have produced a number of resources related to the topics addressed in this issue.

Teaching About Hazards in Geoscience: Earthquakes
This topical page from the Teaching About Hazards area of On the Cutting Edge provides access to teaching activities, data sources, visualizations, information about individual earthquake events, and ideas for innovative ways of teaching about earthquakes in the geoscience classroom.

Earth and Mind: The Blog
The Earth and Mind blog aims to facilitate discussion and discovery about how humans think and learn about the Earth and environment. Earth & Mind explores the intersection between Geosciences, Education and Cognitive Sciences. The geoscientists who post here are interested in the thinking of expert geoscientists, novices, and everyone in between. They are also interested in how education shapes students' knowledge, understanding, motivations, and actions concerning the Earth.

Visualizing Seismic Waves for Teaching and Research
This topical resource from On the Cutting Edge grew out of a workshop in 2011. Participants and presenters developed teaching activities, topical resources, and presentations on the state of the art in visualizing seismic waves as well as how to incorporate this cutting edge research into the classroom. Related Cutting Edge topics include: Teaching Geophysics in the 21st Century, Understanding the Deep Earth.

DataSheet: Exploring Broadband Seismic Data in the Classroom
This DataSheet aims to help educators navigate and use the data available through the Broadband Seismic Data Collection Center in their courses. There is information about the sources of the data, its relevance, educational uses for it, as well as additional information. DataSheets are a part of the Using Data in the Classroom portal sponsored by NSDL.

Teach the Earth: Seismic Data Teaching Activities
The projects that are available through the Teach the Earth portal have created a large number of teaching activities dealing with aspects of using seismic data. On this page you can browse and search through the collection for ones matching your needs.

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