BioInteractive EarthViewer

Free! EarthViewer allows users to see how the earth has changed over millions of years. EarthViewer provides users with an adjustable timeline. As users adjust it, they can see the earth’s continents and surface shift from the Paleozoic to the Mesozoic to the Cenozoic ages. EarthViewer provides users with additional options via the buttons on the bottom of the screen. The “Chart” button lets users see changes in earth’s atmospheric composition, length of days, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, luminosity, and biodiversity. The “View” button shows geological and biological events, mass extinctions, impact events, fossils and the location of modern…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 5.8
B. Design - 8.6
C. Engagement - 8.3

7.6

EarthViewer: A Top App for Earth Study

Summary : Making Earth’s Changes Apparent

EarthViewer allows users to see how the earth has changed over millions of years. EarthViewer provides users with an adjustable timeline. As users adjust it, they can see the earth’s continents and surface shift from the Paleozoic to the Mesozoic to the Cenozoic ages. EarthViewer provides users with additional options via the buttons on the bottom of the screen. The “Chart” button lets users see changes in earth’s atmospheric composition, length of days, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, luminosity, and biodiversity. The “View” button shows geological and biological events, mass extinctions, impact events, fossils and the location of modern cities. The “In Depth” button illustrates changes related to the Greenhouse Effect, mass extinctions, animal sizes and more.

Instructional Ideas

  1. As students study different scientific or geological changes that occurred over the earth’s history, teachers can illustrate these changes using this app.
  2. Teachers can have students view changes in the earth’s landmasses (or other types of changes [e.g., temperature, oxygen levels, length of days, etc.), and teachers can then have students predict what the earth’s landmasses (or other indicators) will look like in 10, 20, 50, or 100 millions years in the feature. Students can be required to compose a short explanation that supports their prediction.
  3. Teachers can have students conduct a lab experiment that demonstrates one of the phenomena illustrated in this app. Teachers can then have students view that phenomenon in this app. Finally, students can write a short explanation that explains how the lab mirrors the phenomenon shown in this app.
  4. Students can study the different data shown in this app. Students can then be required to make a correlation between the two data sets. Students can graph the correlating data or qualitatively represent it using a Venn diagram. Finally, students can compose a justification that explains the correlation they found.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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