1. Students have already completed Day 1 of our two day carbon footprint challenge activity.
2. On Day 2 of this Carbon Footprint Challenge activity, start the class by asking students to reflect upon their data. After giving them 2 minutes to do this with their lab groups and then ask each group to have a spokesperson share out major takeaways from the experience.
3. Share with students students that today they will be interacting with other students across the world through a learning network platform found on the ISCFC website.
1. Before reading and posting on the online discussion forum platform, discuss as a class the requirements for today's activity: for each student to create and post online one substantive post.
2. Choose 1-2 posts from the site to read out loud together. Ask students to 'grade' them using prompts like:
what makes this post 'good?'
what is this post missing?
how could we improve this post?
3. Together, brainstorm and list out what a 'substantive' post looks like--and what it doesn't. You can use this short list of do's and don'ts for substantive posts as your rubric for grading later on.
1. Pull up the ISCFC website on the computer and show it on a projection screen to help students find the discussion forum link and log in on their computers.
2. Students will spend the rest of the class period looking at the site forums, reading the posts of other students, and creating their own posts to contribute to the discussion forums. Some students will want to work alone while others will prefer to work with a partner through this process. Support whatever individual groupings work best for students, in particular your ELL students. Remind students each individual is responsible for his or her own substantive post and that they can access and utilize this site on their own time outside of the class session today.
See the website forum page for examples of student posts and responses. You can also read on of my students' feelings about this activity. Overall, they were positively impacted by the experience. Here is more on this subject in a short video.