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Subduction Zone Earthquakes part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend several characteristics of subduction zone earthquakes.

Translation simulation part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Conceptual Models:Examples
This module introduces students to the basics behind translation of a messenger RNA sequence into protein. In addition to text and movies, there are interactive shockwave animations that allow students to move ribosomes and tRNAs to perform translation.

Evolution, Natural Selection and Speciation part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Conceptual Models:Examples
In this out of class tutorial, students explore several examples of natural selection and speciation.

GPS Treasure Hunt part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
Students are divided into teams, each of which is given a list of instructions and a GPS unit, and sent to find certain locations. At each stop, they identify a particular building stone or a plant.

Wheel of... Geology! part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
This quiz game is intended to help students review for an upcoming exam. Topics of questions are randomly determined by spinning a wheel. Teams answer questions using electronic CPS handhelds.

An Interactive Game Approach to Learning in Historical Geology and Paleontology part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
The instructor uses a series of games to help students identify and answer questions about fossils. The game grows more complex over time as the instructors add rules and phyla to identify.

Welcome to Planet Oit! part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
This is an online adventure game in which players prospect for minerals on a virtual geologically realistic world.

Allosaur Survival Game part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
In this online computer game, players must figure out how to keep an Allosaurus from starving or being eaten until it grows to adulthood.

Shaking Ground - Linking Earthquake Magnitude and Intensity part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with SSAC:Examples
An in-class activity for connecting earthquake magnitude, shaking, and intensity.

JiTT - Dam Removal - A Good Idea or Not? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Just in Time Teaching:Examples
1) What are some of the biological effects of dam removal (good and bad)? 2) What are some of the more pressing/compelling reasons to remove a dam? Explain. 3) The Stanley and Doyle (2003) article states that, ...