LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Essential Earth.
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
What resources are available for my students?
AnimationsThese 50 animations allow students to explore key geologic processes via art from the textbook and audio and textual explanations.
e-BookLaunchPad’s e-Book offers the complete textbook with all of the interactive study tools specific to the book and the course linked in at point of use--plus easy customization and personalization for students and instructors. Students can search and highlight, making it easier to access key content and organize studying. Teachers can customize and rearrange chapters, add and share notes and discussions, and link to quizzes, activities, and other resources.
Expedition VideosAdditional Expedition Videos by Dr. Jerry Magloughlin of Colorado State University explore real world geological phenomena to further understanding of concepts taught in the book.
FlashcardsTo make sure students understand the language of the course, virtual flashcards are available for every key term. Students can view these in stack mode, table mode, definitions shown, terms shown, or use quiz mode to test themselves.
Geology in Practice ExercisesGeology in Practice Exercises give students real world geological scenarios and ask them to work through solutions in essay format.
Google Earth ProjectsGoogle Earth Projects guide students through focused explorations of key geologic locations. Balancing observation,core geologic concepts, geographic awareness,guided inquiry,and active learning,students work through a series of questions aimed at producing a unique and insightful experience.After navigating to the appropriate location and checking their position with the image provided,students may answer the questions that reinforce students’ understanding of what they are seeing, driving them to see what a geologist would see.
Google Earth TutorialA guide for Google Earth software that covers the basic functions students will need to complete the projects in the book is available to you and your students.
Image Map ActivitiesThese activities use figures from the text to assess key ideas, helping students develop their visual literacy skills. Students must click the appropriate section(s) of the image and answer corresponding questions.
Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter or module of the text.
LearningCurve provides a unique learning path for each student, with quizzes shaped by each individual’s correct and incorrect answers. The less a student knows about a topic, the more LearningCurve focuses on it. And the better a student does, the more difficult the questions become. Feedback for each question includes live links to e-Book pages relevant to the topic at hand, guiding students to the reading they need to do to address areas that are giving them difficulty.
Because LearningCurve is a formative assessment and not graded on a A-F scale, many instructors have found it to be an ideal source for pre-lecture assignments, with students coming to class more prepared to participate. LearningCurve is equally effective when used as a post-lecture review. Instructors have also found that making LearningCurve a small percentage of the overall grade further incentivizes students to take advantage of it when preparing for class.