Below are a few links to excellent Earth Science educational animations, video lectures, and other electronic resources for Educators.
The Earth Science Animations from IRIS contain text, graphics, animations, and videos to help teach Earth Science fundamentals. Topics include hazards, plate tectonics, Earth structure, earthquakes and volcanoes.
These Earthquake Video Lectures from IRIS are short-segment video lectures to give rudimentary background information on the Earth and plate tectonics to teach how earthquakes happen and how they are studied.
The Birthquake webpage pulls from an earthquake database and displays all the earthquakes on a person's birth date, including their "birthquake" (the largest magnitude earthquake of the day). Note that many earthquakes that occurred around or before the year 1975 may not display, or often have unknown or estimated magnitudes. Better instrumentation in more recent years has improved this.
This activity designed by Sally McGill at CSUSB teaches students about tectonic plate motions using GPS data. Students will be able to: graph and analyze the position of a survey benchmark over time, interpret the rate and direction of motion of the underlying tectonic plate, determine the magnitude and velocity of the resultant horizontal velocity vector from its north and east components, and analyze the pattern of motion across the San Andreas fault as measured by GPS.
Vector Lab (PDF 755 KB)
Vector Lab Key (PDF 542 KB)
Educational Software - Interactive programs to study earthquakes on your personal or work computer. Programs are available for PC, Macs and mobile devices.
Lessons and Resources – Lessons and resources for standalone and integrated instruction, activities and poster are also available.
Seismic Monitor – This is a real-time monitor of global earthquakes.
Teachable Moments - Teachable Moments presentations capture that unplanned opportunity to bring knowledge, insight, and critical thinking to the classroom following a newsworthy earthquake.
REV (Rapid Earthquake Viewer) – This gives you access to data from seismograph stations around the world. REV monitors the earth and posts information about recent earthquakes so you can see where they happened and view the seismograms from global seismograph stations for every notable earthquake. REV even lets you check up on seismograph stations in your area, so if you think you felt the ground shake
IRIS Earthquake Browser - is an interactive map service for viewing Earthquake Epicenters superimposed on a map of the world. The IEB is useful both educationally and as a research tool.
Wave Visualizations - Animated ground movement of seismic waves. The visualizations show how the ground moves as seismic waves sweep across about 400 earthquake recording stations in EarthScope’s Transportable Array.
Handouts on Earthquakes and Seismology –The one-page handouts are related to seismology for use in the classroom or public information forums and provide additional resources for earthquake lessons.
Handouts and additional materials on GPS and Geodetic Studies – The one-page handouts are related to GPS and geodetic studies for use in the classroom or public information forums and provide additional resources for earthquake lessons. (UNAVCO website)