Learning objects Tectonics investigator: hot spots [ESL]

TLF ID L9469

Identify how the movement of tectonic plates produces features of the Earth’s surface. Investigate hot spots and volcanic chains. Predict the formation of seamounts and new volcanic islands. This learning object is the third in a series of three objects.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students observe how hot spots can create seamounts and island chains, and deduce how this process supports tectonic plate theory.
  • Students apply tectonic plate theory to predict island formation.
Educational value
  • Allows students to control plate movement to demonstrate the action of hot spots.
  • Demonstrates how tectonic plate theory can explain the formation of seamounts and volcanic islands.
  • Tests student understanding and interpretation through multiple-choice questions.
  • Provides structured feedback to student input.
  • Features modified language for English as a Second Language users.
  • Includes a glossary of terms used in the activity.
Year level

8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • science
Strand
  • Science/Earth and space sciences
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
  • Science/Science understanding
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Denis Goodrum
    • Organisation: Australian National University
    • Address: Canberra VIC 2600 Australia
    • URL: http://www.anu.edu.au
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    • Script writer
    • Technical implementer
    • Technical implementer
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    Browsers
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: x - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
    • Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256 kbit/s or faster. This object may not display correctly on the Mac OS X platform in Safari unless viewed with Flash 9 Player 9, 0, 24 (for Safari). Use of earlier increments of the Flash 9 Player may result in playback issues on both PowerPC and Intel based hardware. Indications of an incompatible player are looping and/or flashing animations which are likely to relate to flawed interaction with the API or rendering engine
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.