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ISCFC Teacher Planning, September 2011

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We have now established the five student conversation topics, and they are open and ready for student discussion! They are linked in Jason's post below and also on the right side of this page under “DISCUSS…”

Please continue to use this forum to discuss any issues, report problems, or ask any questions about the ISCFC or the carbon footprint calculator.

Note that there is now a November session, so this project is now closed and superseded by the November project.
 
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, September 2011
Jason Hodin, Sept. 20, 2011

Here are the conversation topics for September 2011 (they are also now linked on the right side of this page under the titles “DISCUSS…”):

off the table (continued from April 2011)
wants or needs? (continued from April 2011)
nukes post-Fukushima (new teacher-proposed topic)
home grown (new teacher-proposed topic)
reuse & repurpose (new teacher-proposed topic)

These conversation topics are now open for student discussion!

Happy equinox everyone!

Jason Hodin
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, September 2011
Irena Lauzadiene, Sept. 15, 2011

Hello everyone,
the topics from the last ISCFC session all ae really interesting and good.It is quite difficult to think something new. I can suggest discussing the topic ” The consumptional society: the idea of exchange market”( if you do not need something you do not throw it away but try to apply it somewere else or sell/ give it to someone who needs it. We all have ( I think) so many unnessecary stuff in our homes. The idea of reusing things. Students also could discuss the idea of pool driving and cycling.

Irena Lauzadiene
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  • Géraldine Fauville Géraldine Fauville Sept. 16, 2011
    Welcome back Irena, I love your idea, a brilliant new topic! Really looking forward to reading the discussion on this topic!
  • Vicki Soutar Vicki Soutar Sept. 16, 2011
    How about carbon dioxide issues related to the oceans such as ocean acidification?
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Sept. 18, 2011
    Hi Vicki - yes discussions about Ocean Acidification would be very interesting. I know that some other ISCFC teachers also plan to talk about Ocean Acidification in their classes later in the term, also using our online acidification resources & virtual lab. Maybe there can be a “post ISCFC” planning group among interested teachers to see if the conversation can continue about Ocean Acidification?
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, September 2011
Pam Miller, Sept. 12, 2011

We are excited to open the school year with classes from around the world participating in the September 2011 ISCFC!

Please let us know what topics/questions you would like your students to discuss with this international group of students. The thoughtful responses of last year’s students might give you some ideas. Just click “Post” and give us your “brainwave”.

http://footprint.stanford.edu
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, September 2011
Jason Hodin, Sept. 10, 2011

Welcome Sept 2011 ISCFC Teachers! First of all, please check out the improved carbon footprint calculator (updated last week) if you have not done so already:

http://footprint.stanford.edu/calculate.html

The next step is for us, as a group, to discuss possible conversation topics for the September 2011 ISCFC session.

To get this discussion started, you might want to look over the topics from our last ISCFC session (April 2011). Note that these student conversation projects are temporarily closed to comments to avoid confusion:

Off the table
Family footprints
Wants or needs?
Sustainable city
Clean development
Food and hunger
Student footprints
Green products (teacher-initiated discussion topic)
People vs. earth (student-initiated discussion topic)
Public transportation vs. cars (student-initiated discussion topic)

We could simply re-use some of these same discussion topics, edit them somewhat, or even use entirely new topics in this round. What do you think?

Jason Hodin
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  • William Donato William Donato Sept. 14, 2011
    How about school gardens and purchasing local food
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Sept. 14, 2011
    Welcome back Will ! I like this topic for many reasons. I am big advocate of local food production, but, as it turns out, the “food miles” component to the food footprint is relatively small compared to the food itself. In other words, eating less meat has a MUCH larger impact on your footprint than eating local. This info came from an excellent paper by Weber & Matthews (2008) that we referenced in the footprint calculator in the local food question (#39). Nevertheless, there are many excellent environmental reasons to eat local, and within a given diet, eating local certainly does reduce your footprint - more so for vegetarians & vegans.
  • Pam Miller Pam Miller Sept. 15, 2011
    To follow up on William's idea, it would be great to hear what schools have done to support local gardens. For example, Carmel's High School's Habitat has done amazing things to promote organic gardening and outdoor education.

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