Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Using Student Carbon Footprint Data to Connect to the Climate Change Debate (Day 1 of 2) - Section 3: The Classroom Flow: Compiling and Analyzing Personal Student Data

 

Once students have entered their data into the online calculator, they will each receive an email with feedback about their carbon footprint in each of the four categories discussed in their activity documents.  The website instructions tell students to email/share their individual summary with their teacher.  

There are additional instructions for the teacher to input each student's data into a spreadsheet so that the ISCFC staff can download student data onto their website and have it show on the carbon footprint world map on their homepage.  Students love seeing their city and data represented on such a public resource!  However, this felt a bit overwhelming for me as a teacher juggling many other responsibilities and limited prep time.  

In order to streamline the process on my end, this year I am going to experiment with inputting only one class' data into the official ISCFC spreadsheet for inclusion on the webpage.  Alternatively, I might pull a random and/or larger sample from all of my biology classes.  By reducing the number of data entries, I hope to be able to effectively use my planning time while maximizing the benefits my students reported getting from connecting both personally and internationally through the ISCFC website.  

  Managing the Teacher's Role in Data Sharing
  Adjustments to Practice: Managing the Teacher's Role in Data Sharing
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Using Student Carbon Footprint Data to Connect to the Climate Change Debate (Day 1 of 2)

Unit 3: Unit 3: Basic Chemistry in Biology
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to analyze their own carbon footprint, share their data on an international website, and engage in conversations with students across the globe concerning the human impact on climate change.

Big Idea: Use a carbon footprint calculator and an online discussion forum to get your kids talking about climate change and how they can help!

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Biology / Life Science, Science, acid rain, Climate Change, Ecology, ocean, Chemistry, Carbon, climate change, carbon cycle, discussion norms/protocols, fossils, water, pH
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