Ecuador Endures Massive Quake

WORLD This region, where the Pacific seafloor is shoving underneath South America, also produced the biggest earthquake ever recorded—and built the Andes mountains. (Scientific American) Use or video to better understand South America’s earthquakes. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas In our video “Earthquakes 101,” we learn that most … Continue reading Ecuador Endures Massive Quake

Volunteers Search Photos for Missing Jet

WORLD A new crowdsourcing platform is using satellite imagery to allow the public to help experts solve the mystery of what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (CNN) Use our resources to get acquainted with the Gulf of Thailand and Malacca Strait, where the missing jet may have veered off-course. Watch this video to see how planes and helicopters are searching for the missing plane … Continue reading Volunteers Search Photos for Missing Jet

Crisis Mapping the Philippines

TECHNOLOGY When disaster strikes, chaos can ensue—especially on social media, where thousands of Tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagrams can overwhelm human capacity to get a clear picture of who needs what. “Crisis mapper” Patrick Meier is harnessing the information-gathering power of social media to improve the speed and effectiveness of typhoon-relief efforts in the Philippines. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn more about … Continue reading Crisis Mapping the Philippines