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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Students struggle to understand these concepts of precession, eccentricity, and obliquity; this animated visualization will help.
- The quizzes that are included are either very simplistic or problematic to get correct answers to (this is particularly true for the one on obliquity cycles). However, the visualizations, although relatively old, are accurate and well-explained.
About the Science
- Animations are provided of the three major Milankovitch Cycles that impact global climate, visually demonstrating the definitions of eccentricity, obliquity, and precession.
- The visual exaggeration of cycles is enormous, but is acknowledged in text on the slides.
- Comments from expert scientist: The activity is a good review/introduction of the concepts of Milankovitch cycles.
- The questions posed along with the progression of the activity are a good check for understanding of the material.
- Educator should define the term "insolation" prior to use.
About the Pedagogy
- Tests of student knowledge and skills included in the tutorial range from simplistic to frustrating, as correct answers are not identified.
- Students click through 9 slides, choosing buttons to change states, with occasional self-tests.
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