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ISCFC Teacher Planning - April 2011

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This was a forum to brainstorm and discuss possible conversation topics to engage students with their peers worldwide in meaningful discussions about carbon footprints and related issues. This project is now closed and is being archived. For teacher planning for the current ISCFC project (Sept 2011) please visit:
 
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swaroop suresh, April 18, 2011

Dear Friends,
Feeling good to complete the carbon foot print calculation, inspite of several obstacles.Students felt really intresting as they got chance to do self study. Ocean acidification activity and Virtual lab at isi home page was also informative and intresting.
Looking forward

swaroop suresh
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin April 18, 2011
    Hi Swaroosh- welcome back to the site, and we are really excited to meet your students here!
  • Pam Miller Pam Miller May 4, 2011
    Hi Swaroop,
    We're so glad to receive your data! We look forward to seeing your students participate in the discussions.

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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning - April 2011
Pam Miller, April 18, 2011

Hi ISCFC teachers,

It’s wonderful that we’ve received data for 16 classes so far! We’re anxious to hear what other classes have discovered.
We would love to see posts and comments on other students posts from each of your students. Please make sure to encourage your students to join and explore the 8 topics under “Discuss…”
Please send us a photo (or photos) of your class so that we can post them on the site.

Cheers,
Pam, Jason, and Geraldine

Pam Miller
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning - April 2011
Kathryn Hedges, April 14, 2011

I sent in my school’s data and we still have not shown up on the map. Also Some of my students had problems with the footprint calculator. The screen had a lot of boxes that were all on top of one another instead of small rectangles to fill in data. I had quite a few students working at once and not all of them had the problem.

Kathryn  Hedges
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin April 14, 2011
    sorry, Kathryn, I never received your class footprint values. Could you please email them again? As for the overlapping boxes, that is odd. I haven't seen or heard of that problem before. if you encounter it again, could you please take a screenshot? Thanks!
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin April 18, 2011
    thank you for sending your data again- your class is now on the map!

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Jane Fritz, April 14, 2011

My students have finished their footprint calculations, and if all goes well, they will be joining the discussions tomorrow. We had just used the Ecological Footprint Quiz at http://www.myfootprint.org/ from the Center for Sustainable Economy when I found about this project and asked to join. That quiz, although not specifically aimed toward high school students, is a good one, and on the website they have suggestions for how people can reduce their footprint. Some of you might find it useful.

I teach Integrated Science at Seoul International School, and my students and I are excited to join the project!

http://www.myfootprint.org/
Jane Fritz
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin April 14, 2011
    Welcome! Great to have you and your students here!!
  • Pam Miller Pam Miller April 14, 2011
    Welcome to you and your class Jane! Looking forward to your students' comments. We'll add the Ecological Footprint Quiz to a list of resources that is posted on the ISCFC website.

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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning - April 2011
Pam Miller, April 13, 2011

Teachers check out this website for classroom resources for celebrating Earth Day 2011.

http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2011
Pam Miller
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Franklin Bell, April 12, 2011

My students have finished their footprint calculations and will be joining the discussions shortly. I gave them a preliminary assignment to count calories for a few days, research the flights they have taken in the last year, count light bulbs at home, etc. I think this helped to make a more accurate picture of their footprints. I would be more than willing to share this with anyone interested.

The one area my students struggled with most was the transportation to and from school, for shopping, etc. as life at school (boarding) and life at home can be very different. I also noticed that because of a very varied student population that travels quite a bit, the standard deviation was very high for our average. I also included the median for my students to look at when I gave them their class averages.

Franklin Bell
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin April 13, 2011
    Dear Franklin- Wonderful! Can you please share that assignment with us at I2I? We will happily post it on the footprint.stanford.edu site. The issues you encountered with your students who live at school is something we have seen with other students using our calculator. We still have yet to come up with a good method to make the calculator flexible in this regard. Any advice would be welcome.
  • Pam Miller Pam Miller April 13, 2011
    Franklin, Thanks for giving us this clear explanation. I do agree with your observation about the standard deviations for transportation. I've seen air flight choices outweigh very careful choices in other areas.
    Please give us a copy of your assignment.

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Anna Tauson, April 12, 2011

Another question: how come there are already shown results for footprints (from my school) on the “compare” page athttp://footprint.stanford.edu/ when I have not sent any of my students’ results yet..?

Anna Tauson
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  • Géraldine Fauville Géraldine Fauville April 12, 2011
    Hi Anna,

    We didn't post your results. There is indeed results from a school in Göteborg but it is Porthällagymnasiet, not Teoretiska.
    Let us know if you have any further question

    Cheers
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin April 13, 2011
    …and now your students' results are up!
  • Anna Tauson Anna Tauson April 15, 2011
    great! :)

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Pam Miller, April 11, 2011

I asked Marco how to post drawings or photos and this was his suggestion-

You can post drawings or photos on Flickr and then place the link to it in a post (along with some text, maybe a description). The drawing will show up in a post since Flickr is an “oembed” site, meaning its content gets embedded in our posts.

http://beta.einztein.com/user/TJF/post/sears-tower-44/
Pam Miller
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Jason Hodin, April 8, 2011

If any of your students encountered an “NaN” error in place of their footprint total while calculating their food footprint, my apologies, but this is now solved. It was a problem with the equation behind the fire question (Question 42) that is now fixed. Many thanks to Marita and her two students for alerting us to the problem!

http://footprint.stanford.edu/calculate.html
Jason Hodin
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Anna Tauson, April 8, 2011

One of my students found a strange thing in the calculator. When you are done with the calculation you have a possibility to compare your footprint depending on chosen country. The students’ personal carbon result changed depending on which country she chose. Very well, this can probably be explained with that similar actions give different results in different countries. However, when she chose country back to Sweden again, her personal result (total CO2) was different than before starting to compare countries. I guess that’s a bug?

Anna Tauson
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  • Marita Batsiou Marita Batsiou April 8, 2011
    It happened to me too. It seems that the students' numbers tend to be replaced by the country's average; not sure about it, anyway. So to be on the safe side I asked kids first to write down their results and then start experimenting.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin April 14, 2011
    After experimenting last night again, I recreated the problem, and it does seem to be directly related to the airlines question, which is giving some error when you change the country (and still in error when you change the country back again). Our programmer has been notified about this, and hopefully he will find a solution soon! Thanks for your patience!
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin April 14, 2011
    This problem should now be fixed (please check if you have a chance)! Thanks Anna, your student and Marita for pointing out the bug.
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