Reflection: Conferences Measuring Kilowatts - Section 4: Evaluate


What is the best professional development you have ever experienced? This lesson is one of my favorites from the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED). I went to a NEED one- day training though one of my utility companies. They provide free teacher training and even provide substitute pay.

"The curriculum provides comprehensive, objective information and activities on the energy sources that fuel our country, including economic and environmental impacts. Students explore the history of energy, energy in current events, and consider future energy development opportunities and challenges.   They understand that certain energy sources may be better choices for specific energy needs, and they discuss and debate the energy sources we use today and will use in the future.  NEED believes in teaching about all energy sources and helping students understand that there are many things to consider when making decisions about resource use." 

I walked away with great materials, inspiring lesson plans, and wonderful resources (free Kill-a-Watt devices). The NEED Project offer booklets for families also and several years ago my class conducted a community investigation. Many families completed the booklets and we compared data. It was a great way to get families involved with the school.

Though the NEED Project, I can provide my students with hand-ons, standard based learning activities. 

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Measuring Kilowatts

Unit 4: Measuring Energy
Lesson 2 of 4

Objective: SWBAT examine personal use of energy as measured in kilowatts by creating a spreadsheet to easily analyze data.

Big Idea: How much energy do we really use? Authentic technology integration is supported in the lesson as students create an Excel spreadsheet to analyze data. Students analyze the spreadsheet to determine a personal contribution to climate change.

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