|Comments and Teaching Tips given for Paleomap Project||Comment on this resource|
Nov 7, 2010 by Clotia Johari, Eastern Michigan University
This site provides useful animations for use in teaching students how the current positioning of continents and other land-bodies were formed. I would suggest that educators teaching in the classroom produce these animations on a projector screen, as they are provided in small dimensions which are easy to navigate but hard to see on the average size computer screen. It may be the case that superior Java skills would allow a more proficient user to change these settings.
Nov 2, 2008 by Adam Skyles, Eastern Michigan University
This is a great activity to teach plate tectonics and integrate technology in the class room. This is also a great way for students to understand that we can create models to better understand the world and possibly create predictions in the future. From my experience, it is difficult for students to visualize how the plates have moved throughout the history of our planet. This activity provides a visually interactive activity for them to understand.
Nov 20, 2003
I used this website in an in-class activity on Continent-Continent Collision. I pointed students towards this website and two other sites with paleogeography-type information on them, and had the students map out the occurences of cont-cont collisions in space and time based on what they could figure out from the websites. I asked them (a) to make a list of which mountain ranges of the world formed by continent-continent collision, (b) to mark and label the location of each of these cont-cont collision mt ranges on a world map, and (c) to mark each mountain-building event on a geological time scale. I think it worked pretty well. Some collision events were hard to see in the animations and sometimes it was hard for the students to figure out where the colliding fragments had ended up in the modern continents. They definitely came awa with the sense that cont-cont collision was an ongoing and widespread phenomenon in Earth history.