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

Aug 1, 2007
It was very interesting and fun.

Aug 1, 2007
Maybe a tutorial for people less computer savvy.

Aug 1, 2007
Make the instructions more clear.

Aug 1, 2007
Don't make it so complicated.

Aug 1, 2007
The directions could have been clearer.

Aug 1, 2007
It is something fun to do and you can learn a little or a lot of different things from this website.

Aug 1, 2007
I've used single sections of the program on the overhead in my classroom to illustrate various aspects of the earthquake locating process.

Aug 1, 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.

Aug 1, 2007
This is a great website and will help you a lot.

Aug 1, 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

Mar 7, 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.

Mar 7, 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).

Mar 7, 2007
Practice on paper to calculate distances. It is useful to make graphs on "millimeter" graph paper.

Mar 7, 2007
This is a fun and useful way of learning more about science.

Mar 7, 2007
The only bad thing about this resource was that it was a bit technically confusing. But otherwise, I had fun!

Mar 7, 2007
Try to follow the directions as they tell you. It can get somewhat confusing.

Mar 7, 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.

Mar 7, 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.

Mar 7, 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.

Feb 18, 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 ..."

Dec 19, 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

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

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

Feb 18, 2005
Remember that there is a key for the symbols.

Feb 18, 2005
It would be more convenient if the boxes were given different colors.

Feb 18, 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.

Feb 18, 2005
A little more visual would make this more interesting.

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

Feb 18, 2005
Use less technical language and put in more bright colors

Feb 18, 2005
Follow instructions and take your time, this resource is not complicated

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

Feb 18, 2005
This is a great site to get knowledge about earthquakes.

Feb 17, 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.

Aug 9, 2004
Make sure the computer lab you are using is java-enabled, especially if it "worked" at home the night before!

Jul 16, 2004
Requires fairly good computer skills.