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Comments and Teaching Tips given for Virtual Courseware: Earthquake Comment on this resource

Wed Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2007
It was very interesting and fun.

Wed Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2007
Maybe a tutorial for people less computer savvy.

Wed Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2007
Make the instructions more clear.

Wed Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2007
Don't make it so complicated.

Wed Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2007
The directions could have been clearer.

Wed Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2007
It is something fun to do and you can learn a little or a lot of different things from this website.

Wed Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2007
I've used single sections of the program on the overhead in my classroom to illustrate various aspects of the earthquake locating process.

Wed Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2007
I like using this activity...AFTER the students have completed a paper / compass epicenter lab. They LOVE printing out their certificates at the end.

Wed Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2007
This is a great website and will help you a lot.

Wed Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2007
If students are assigned to use Virtual Earthquake to learn about seismic techniques, require that they bring you their printed certificate as proof they performed the activity. Suggested for grades 8-12

Wed Mar 07 00:00:00 MST 2007
You need to be exact on the magnitude. For example you need to go to the .00 which makes it difficult because the lines are so close.

Wed Mar 07 00:00:00 MST 2007
Run the activity simultaneously with your students so you can show them how to use some of the tools on a projector (for visual learners).

Wed Mar 07 00:00:00 MST 2007
Practice on paper to calculate distances. It is useful to make graphs on "millimeter" graph paper.

Wed Mar 07 00:00:00 MST 2007
This is a fun and useful way of learning more about science.

Wed Mar 07 00:00:00 MST 2007
The only bad thing about this resource was that it was a bit technically confusing. But otherwise, I had fun!

Wed Mar 07 00:00:00 MST 2007
Try to follow the directions as they tell you. It can get somewhat confusing.

Wed Mar 07 00:00:00 MST 2007
Ask your teacher or classmates for help, it's confusing at the beginning, but when you get used to it, it's easy enough.

Wed Mar 07 00:00:00 MST 2007
More explanation for the graphs and what is being presented within them. More examples of how to complete the task being asked of the learner would also be helpful.

Wed Mar 07 00:00:00 MST 2007
I think that the students should be able to browse through the questions once again before the answers are graded. Also, the students should be allowed to go back and revisit the problems they missed.

Sun Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2007
I would have liked to see conclusions that could be drawn from the various mathematical operations, along the lines of "... so you can see that an increase in the amount of insolation in the same amount that it was DECREASED during the last ice age will cause the temperature to increase by ..."

Mon Dec 19 00:00:00 MST 2005
My daughter completed this application. It is a good learning tool (I did it with her), but suggest that you make the certificate printout in basic black and white to be easier on the inkjet printer cartridges. They have to print out the certification and turn it in. Thanks

Fri Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2005
Use the resource key, it's there for a good reason and it works.

Fri Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2005
I think this was a boring resource, maybe you can make it more fun.

Fri Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2005
Remember that there is a key for the symbols.

Fri Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2005
It would be more convenient if the boxes were given different colors.

Fri Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2005
Try and make it more fun and kid-friendly. If it had more to keep my interest I would have gotten more than I did.

Fri Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2005
A little more visual would make this more interesting.

Fri Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2005
It was interesting and fun to do. Be sure to read the directions or you won't know what to do.

Fri Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2005
Use less technical language and put in more bright colors

Fri Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2005
Follow instructions and take your time, this resource is not complicated

Fri Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2005
Make sure you get it before you start. You have know be very close befroe moving on.

Fri Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2005
This is a great site to get knowledge about earthquakes.

Thu Feb 17 00:00:00 MST 2005
Student had trouble remembering the # of minutes in a degree of latitude & longitude when graphing. I used clock time as a comparison. Students also needed guidance on saving & opening their files. They tried to open their files before they were on the site. Some students also needed help with the order in which tasks were to be done on the epicenter & magnitude section of the lab.

Mon Aug 09 00:00:00 MDT 2004
Make sure the computer lab you are using is java-enabled, especially if it "worked" at home the night before!

Fri Jul 16 00:00:00 MDT 2004
Requires fairly good computer skills.