Reflection: Student Feedback Using Student Carbon Footprint Data to Connect to the Climate Change Debate (Day 2 of 2) - Section 3: The Classroom Flow: Connecting with Students Across the Globe


Student Feedback:

1.  Students shared that the experience of seeing their city represented on the world map of the ISCFC was 'cool' and that they pulled up the graphic to show their families and friends.  I was excited to hear about the conversations that this simple tool inspired for them at home and at school.  

2.  I also found that students enjoyed reading what students from other countries thought about climate change and their ideas for improving our situation.  They told me that they were so surprised and curious when other students from a variety of countries replied to their posts in real time.  I loved that this activity allowed student collaboration across many miles and borders!

Take Two!  Tweaks I will be working with this year:

1.  In order to document student postings during our pilot last year, I had asked each student to take a screen shot of their posts and share them with me through our shared Google drive folder.  We encountered many issues with this approach ranging from our inexperience using Google features for schools and how to increase the font size for screen shots so that I could actually read the submissions.  

2.  Going forward, I think it would be better for us to either share selected posts out loud (perhaps each lab group could choose their strongest entry to present to the class), have students copy their work onto a Word document to share with me, or simply have me go around the room as students work, checking posts while they are on the computer screen.  

I'll be interested in hearing how you and your class engaged with each other and kids across the globe on the subject of climate change! :)

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Using Student Carbon Footprint Data to Connect to the Climate Change Debate (Day 2 of 2)

Unit 3: Unit 3: Basic Chemistry in Biology
Lesson 2 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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Science, Climate Change, acid rain, Ecology, ocean, Chemistry, Carbon, Life Science/Biology, carbon cycle, discussion norms/protocols, fossils, water, pH
  55 minutes
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