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Active Earth Monitor–IRIS

IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) hosts and on shaky grounddistributes a new computer display system, Active Earth Monitor.  Designed for K-12 schools, museums, visitor centers and libraries, Active Earth Monitor provides an interactive environment for learning earth science topics.

From IRIS’s description, “All Active Earth Monitor content can be interactive using a touch screen, mouse or trackball. The General Seismicity content can also be displayed as rotating non-interactive content using a standard monitor.”

Current topics include: Basin & Range, Cascadia, New Madrid, and General Seismicity.  USarray

Active Earth Monitor promises to be a powerful tool for visualizing Earth science processes.  Anyone with a computer, monitor,  good internet connection, and  desire to share information can establish their own Active Earth Monitor.  Give it a look.

Resource for science educators

We are always keeping an eye out for science outreach resources for educators in Arizona. Erin DiMaggio of ASU has developed a site worth highlighting called SCINEWS.

Issue 1: Large Earthquakes in Chile and Haiti

SCINEWS intro:

The purpose of SCINEWS is to provide middle and high school teachers timely, pre-packaged lessons on a science current event (such as an oil spill, earthquake, or shuttle launch) that are short (~15 min), easy to implement, and align to AZ state standards. Materials might include a slide show, videos, maps, photographs,

Issue 5: Health Effects of Volcanic Ash - an example from Indonesia

or KML files for use in Google Earth. Each current event lesson has an associated PDF document that contains a brief overview of the event and lesson, as well as a map, photo(s), and AZ standards targeted. Although using current events in the classroom is not new, the goal here is to provide simple and short lessons that associate ‘textbook’ concepts with real events in the news while allowing for class discussion.

You can find the website at

Each lesson has an associated PDF with an overview of the event and lessons with maps and photos and incorporate ppt slide shows, worksheets, video clips or other relevant multimedia. Resources like this greatly benefit from the feedback from target users. Please take the time to fill out the quick survey after using a lesson.

February 17, 2011 Lisa Linville

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