Give students a brief introduction to earthquakes using Eye in the Sky. Next, have the students look at maps of recent and historic earthquakes using MapMachine. Then have the students use the maps to discuss plate tectonics and plate motion over time. Finally, have the students create a map of what the world will look like in a thousand years, extrapolating from what they have learned about plate motion.
Have each student choose a particular business from a teacher-generated list (e.g. a surf shop, a ski resort, a farm). Then have students use Eye in the Sky to examine the hazards facing different regions around the world. Each student will then use MapMachine to determine the five best locations (on at least three different continents) to have their business. Each student will then write a paper outlining the features that are necessary for such a business to succeed.
In groups of four or five, have students investigate various problems facing different regions of the world. Have the students use MapMachine and Eye in the Sky to choose a particular region and the main threats facing that region (e.g. tornadoes in Kansas, infant mortality in Africa). Finally, have students brainstorm ways to address the problems.