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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.

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.

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.

Virtual Oil Well Game part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
This strategy game has players prospect for oil using seismic profiles on limited budgets.

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.

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.

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.

Rock/Mineral Scavenger Hunt part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
Take students into the field and give each team a list of rocks or mineral types you want found and brought back within the time limit.

Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
When the science is so clear, why is it so difficult to make agreements that will reduce our impact on climate change? This exercise is designed to help students explore that important question in an active and ...

Coral Bleaching: Making Our Oceans Whiter part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan deals with coral reefs and the recent crisis of coral bleaching. It suggests that students engage in a role-playing debate about modifying human activity to protect reefs.

Image Classification part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
An exercise to use a simple image analysis program to classify land surface types seen in satellite imagery in order to analyze changes in landscape development over time.

Looking into Earth with GIS (College Level) part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
College-level adaptation of the Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter. Students work with a free GIS program, ArcVoyager SE, to explore earthquake data and plate tectonics.

Analyzing beach sands with a SEM/EDS part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research:Example
Students pose a question that can be answered using the SEM and sand they have previously collected from beach profiles.

Petrology in the Field and Laboratory part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research:Example
In this multi-week project, students collect samples in the field, analyze them using various tools and instruments, then present their results and interpretations.

Natural Disaster Risk at Home part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research:Example
Students analyze the natural disaster threat and potential mitigation techniques of their (family) home.

Stream Gages and GIS part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
Utilize the online GIS of the USGS real-time stream gage network to introduce basic concepts of data-driven maps and GIS. This exercise can be used independently or with other hydrology exercises.

Floodplains in the field (with GIS) part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
In this GIS-enhanced lab, students measure a topographic and geologic cross-section across a floodplain by simple surveying and auguring techniques.

When is Dinner Served? Predicting the Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Maine (College Level) part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
College-level adaptation of the Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter. Students explore the critical role phytoplankton play in the marine food web.

Simple Mendelian Genetics: An interactive lecture using "DNA from the Beginning" part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
An interactive lecture that uses flash animations showing the researcher and their experiments that were used to develop the basic concepts in Mendelian genetics. Includes multiple choice questions students can answer in class.