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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1 hour to complete

Introduction & The Mystery of Geologic Time

4 videos (Total 20 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Introduction to the Course1m
How Zircons Have Revolutionized Understanding of Early Earth10m
The Rate of Decay4m
5 readings
About This Course10m
Using Radiometric Dating to Determine the Age of Rocks and Mineral10m
"Reading" a Rock to Get Its Age10m
1 practice exercise
Module One Quiz20m
4 hours to complete

Evolution of the Atmosphere

7 videos (Total 56 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Banded Iron Formation3m
Teaching with the Next Generation Science Standards: Part 112m
Teaching with the Next Generation Science Standards: Part 26m
Local Geology Assignment: Part 19m
Local Geology Assignment: Part 29m
2 readings
Early Life10m
Origin of Earth's Atmosphere10m
1 practice exercise
Module Two Quiz20m
1 hour to complete

Plate Tectonics: Mountain Building

5 videos (Total 37 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Ductility of Rocks1m
Marble Deformation2m
Scientists at Work: Mountain Building5m
Addressing Student Misconceptions When Teaching Plate Tectonics15m
2 readings
How Rocks Flow10m
Mantle Convection and Plate Tectonics10m
1 practice exercise
Module Three Quiz20m
2 hours to complete

Plate Tectonics: Earthquakes

7 videos (Total 38 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Learning & Teaching with the Teaching Case4m
Part One: Background3m
Part Two: Data Collection3m
Part Three: Results3m
Part Four: Beyond Tectonics3m
Closing Thoughts4m
4 readings
Earthquake Risk in Bangladesh10m
Opportunities for Educators10m
Support AMNH10m
1 practice exercise
Module Four Quiz20m
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Top reviews from The Dynamic Earth: A Course for Educators

By EEDec 14th 2018

Well organized and excellent resources for educators\n\nI liked the observation assignment as well because it put participants in the minds of students and gave a possible activity for completion.

By RJul 4th 2017

Very informative course. Must be attended by start ups in college. Freshers in industry too can attempt to have additional knowledge. Excellent course on Earth, its history and formation etc.



Edmond Mathez, Ph.D.

Curator and Professor
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Ro Kinzler, Ph.D.

Senior Director
Science Education

About American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition....

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