Webquest: The First Animals?
The NAI Advent of Complex Life Team at MIT has produced self-contained education activities that can be used to help teachers address specific parts of the National Science Education Standards. These educational activities are known as 'webquests,’ since most of the research is obtained using the Internet. The activities are supplemented by resources created by the team. The first webquest covers fossil evidence of the earliest known animal life on Earth, and asks students to learn more about the geological period of time known as the Ediacaran in order explores issues surrounding preservation of scientific discoveries vs. economic development.
The activities are designed to be inquiry-based, such that students seek information to solve a problem or complete an activity. The problems do not have right or wrong answers, but rather require exploration, research, and discussion to come up with arguments and further questions.