By Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc.
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Puzzling Plates provides an interactive, engaging experience that inspires you to explore the large, tectonic plates that make up the surface of Earth.
The app includes three levels, each with a hands-on activity and a bonus round. In Level 1, you'll first learn how tectonic plates fit together by moving them into position like a jigsaw puzzle. Get it right on the first move or you lose points! See where earthquakes and volcanoes form on Earth's surface and explore Earth's interior in Level 2. In Level 3 you first see how plate boundaries collide and split apart and then you actually move tectonic plates in different directions to find out what type of boundary is shown.
To make learning fun, the app includes scoring when exploring these topics:
•types of plates and plate boundaries
•Earth's layered structure
•motion at plate boundaries
•causes of earthquakes and volcanoes
•maps and world geography
What's New in Version 1.1
Allow replay of activities without quitting.
Improved globe control.
a perfect scrore!
The update allows you to replay activities without quitting. So, you can replay until you get that perfect score. Everything I siad before is still true: The app does an excellent job of exploring plate tectonics while keeping students motivated by making the science into a game with scorekeeping. To get the best possible score, students learn how tectonic plates interact. At the simplest level, the plates are presented as a jigsaw-like puzzle, but students are learning how the plates make up the continents and oceans (and using their knowledge of geography to solve the puzzle). Advanced levels introduce the plate boundaries and how interactions at these boundaries cause volcanoes and earthquakes. Animations help explain what happens at these boundaries and the activities test their understanding. Appropriate for grades 5 to 12; contains 6 scored activities, complete all 6 for a final assessment.
Great app for science class
I downloaded this app on my students' iPads and they loved playing it. It's difficult enough to challenge them, but they are also learning about plate tectonics. They of course liked the game aspect to it. I could probably use this app for a few lessons it has enough content. Also, it's very interactive and not just text on a screen.
I teach 5th grade science and this is exactly what I need. Love the Interactive learning. I start this unit next week and I hope I can persuade my school to purchase this for the school IPads too.
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- Category: Education
- Updated: Jan 11, 2012
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 106 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc.
- © 2011 Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.