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Wednesday, May 23 • 11:00am - 11:35am
Using Smartphone Technology in Geoscience Education

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Many interesting topics are hard to demonstrate in classes without costly equipment and logistic hassles. Good examples of such topics are ad hoc polls, making measurements, and performing calculations. In fact, many instructors will have thought “Darn! I wish we could do that in class.” Smartphones, which students own and are (perhaps unduly) comfortable with, have many otherwise expensive instruments like built-in sensors that are used for phone operations such as navigation, screen rotation, and personal customization of apps. But they are also nifty tools that make class activities easier, faster, and more fun. We present applications that illustrate the potential for using smartphones in a wide variety of geophysics teaching. Instructors have two options: Forget about these nifty tools and keep doing labs the old way, or benefit from smartphones as mini-computers and tiny, powerful instruments. Our advice to instructors is to see whether smartphones work in their applications.

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Amir Salaree

PhD, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University
I am a seismologist and I am interested in working on tsunamis, earthquakes, and landslides. I am also interested in developing innovative tools in geoscience education.

Wednesday May 23, 2018 11:00am - 11:35am CDT
MC 195

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