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ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014

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ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014

Moderated by Jason Hodin
Welcome teachers!! Please JOIN and then use this discussion to introduce yourself to the other teacher participants in the ISCFC. In so doing, you can practice posting and commenting on other posts.

If you have any Footprint resources to share among the group post them here!

To find all of the ISCFC discussion topics, go to the ISCFC Learning Group page:
http://einztein.com/user/jason/the-international-carbon-footp-12645/

To find all the teacher resources related to the ISCFC go to the ISCFC “Teacher Participation” page (external site).
http://footprint.stanford.edu/participate_teachers.html
 
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014
Annika Ruohonen, April 24, 2013

Hello,

My name is Annika Ruohonen and I am a teacher from Porvoo, Finland. My pupils and I have now participated in ISCFC, a bit ahead of the schedule due to the May 1st national holiday next week here in Finland. We will be posting a couple of comments in the groups today, and we’re hoping to participate in some discussions May 8th when we return.

Here is a link to our blog http://9englishclub.wordpress.com where we have written about earth and water (among other things) earlier this term. We will be posting about our ISCFC experience later as well.

We are thankful for Geraldine for contacting us and introducing this project to us. We will most definitely participate in the upcoming years as well.

Looking forward to connecting with other students and teachers!

Annika

http://9englishclub.wordpress.com
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  • Annika Ruohonen Annika Ruohonen May 8, 2013
    Hi Bill, Great to meet you too! I'm also very interested in getting to know teachers from other countries. Our results are in the ISCFC map already, you can see them there. I only had a few students participating this year. It also seems that they are a bit shy about posting here on Einztein, but I already have plans how to make our participation more active next year. Hope to see you here then as well!
    Annika
  • Annika Ruohonen Annika Ruohonen May 8, 2013
    Hi Géraldine, thank you! I think we have learned a lot with our participation this year. I only had a few students involved this year, but I intend to bring in more students next year. Thanks for inviting us to join!
  • Annika Ruohonen Annika Ruohonen May 8, 2013
    Hi Géraldine, thank you! I think we have learned a lot with our participation this year. I only had a few students involved this year, but I intend to bring in more students next year. Thanks for inviting us to join!
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014
Pam Miller, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!
48 schools are already enrolled for the ISCFC beginning on April 29th. Participating will be schools from Bangladesh, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.

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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014
Jason Hodin, Feb. 8, 2013

Hello Feb 2013 teachers!! We now have pins on the map from our first Feb 2013 classes.

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

First, we warmly welcome our first classes from Guatemala (Claudia María Lezama Santana’s AP Environmental Science class from the American School of Guatemala City) and Bangladesh (Animesh Kumar Saha and his Biology students from St. Joseph Higher Secondary School in Dhaka)! We’re also quite pleased to have returning ISCFC teacher Jen Mortensen and her Science/Technology students from Waterloo Intermediate School in Wisconsin, USA. We also have three new US participants: Bhavna Rawal and her Science Club & Science class students from Quest Early College High School (Houston, Texas, USA), Lorraine Perez and her Zoology students from Russellville High School (Alabama, USA) and Jared Lewis and his Environmental Science students from Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (Connecticut, USA).

Fantastic! Whose classes will be next?

Jason Hodin
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  • Claudia Lezama Claudia Lezama Feb. 28, 2013
    Hi, everyone, during this february, my students completed the ISCFC Carbon footprint calculator, and the results were amazing. They didn't expected the huge amount of carbon footprint and they recognized that their life style is upper to the average guatemalan people. We discussed about the results and they made a reflexion on an essential question ,What do you think about your life style, can you improve and make more efficient your activities to reduce your carbon footprint? How?, some of the student answers are on http://einztein.com/user/claudia-lezama/ discussion. I would like to invite you to read their solutions about their life style.

    Thank you, for share with us this interactive tool and share with other schools interact in this activity. We keep in touch,
    thank you.
    Claudia Lezama
    Guatemala, city
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin March 4, 2013
    Dear Claudia-
    many thanks for your participation and that of your students! They made very thoughtful comments! I added your discussion to our learning group so that other students around the world would be inspired.
    best
    Jason
  • Claudia Lezama Claudia Lezama March 4, 2013
    Thanks, Jason, I really appreciate your time, and comments I'll communicate to my students your comments about their contributions to the ISCFC project. Regards, Claudia Lezama
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014
Bryan Smith, Dec. 1, 2012

I’d like to see a discussion started around the limits of consumer activism. Yes, it’s important to normalize conservation behaviors, but it’s also critical to consider the power of collective action, especially when dealing with problems of the commons. To prompt this point, I’ve asked my students to calculate their carbon footprint twice as described below.

After you’ve calculated your carbon footprint, it might be instructive to imagine a low-carbon life and see what’s possible based on your personal choices as a consumer. Imagine everything you could reasonably do to lower your carbon footprint and enter that low-carbon lifestyle into the carbon footprint calculator. How close does that get you to the 1000 kg annual output that would be the global average emission required to stabilize atmospheric CO2 concentrations at about 450ppm? (Note that the 2007 IPCC report Table SPM 6 suggests that stabilizing at 450 ppm would lead to an equilibrium temperature increase of about 3 C, still a major and very dangerous degree of warming).

If personal choices as consumers (even if everyone were to make these same choices to conserve) aren’t enough to lower CO2 emissions to a still-disastrous-but-not-catastrophic level, what other options are there?

What do you predict for the future?”

I’d love to see this discussion engaged by students around the world, but couldn’t figure out how to start a new discussion in the ISCFC page myself.

Bryan Smith
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014
Pam Miller, Nov. 16, 2012

Dear ISCFC teachers,
Wow! Your students are making phenomenal contributions to the discussions! There is such strong participation that we would like to extend the discussions through next week for those who would like to continue.

Pam Miller
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014
Jason Hodin, Nov. 16, 2012

Dear ISCFC teachers, I wanted to let you know that I found a small mis-calculation in our footprint calculator last night. The math behind the light bulb question (question #15 in the survey) did not match the wording of the question. The result is that some students will have overestimations of their home footprints, if they have a lot of light bulbs or put a large number of total hours used.

I have reworded the question asking for an approximate average number of hours used per bulb. I also include a note on that page for how to correctly enter the data if they want to be more accurate than that. In any case, if your student saved their data by registering with the calculator, they could go back and recalculate their home footprints by adjusting qustion 15.

Sorry about the error!

Jason Hodin
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014
Pam Miller, Nov. 12, 2012

This November, climate change scientist Bill McKibben and 350.org are hitting the road to build the movement that will change the math of the climate crisis. Check the schedule to see if you can go to learn about the program.

http://math.350.org/
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Pam Miller, Nov. 12, 2012

This November, climate change scientist Bill McKibben and 350.org are hitting the road to build the movement that will change the math of the climate crisis. Check the schedule to see if you can go to learn about the program.

http://climate change
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014
Bryan Smith, Nov. 12, 2012

Hello from Anchorage, Alaska. My Climate Science class for 14-17 year old students is working on making the projected effects of climate change a little more emotive by composing speculative fictional stories set in the not too distant future. After that project, we’ll be ready and motivated to begin thinking about carbon footprints and policy options to mitigate climate change. An international student-centered discussion would be a wonderful opportunity for these students.

Bryan Smith
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Nov. 12, 2012
    Sounds great Brian, we'll look forward to welcoming you and your students to the ISCFC and Einztein in the near future!
  • Pam Miller Pam Miller Nov. 12, 2012
    Hi Bryan,
    It's really encouraging to hear that your school has a Climate Science class! The proposed National Science Education Standards barely mention climate change, and that's probably something we should all address.
  • Paolo Jacomelli Paolo Jacomelli Nov. 14, 2012
    Hi Bryan,
    Great idea! I hadn't thought about fictional stories set in the future as a task. We are doing the carbon footprint project at the moment and for me the fictional stories can also be done as a sequel.

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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014
Jason Hodin, Nov. 8, 2012

Welcome Nov ISCFC teachers! Please post here to introduce yourselves to your teacher colleagues worldwide.

Our first class footprint data is in from two classes: returning ISCFC teacher Ian Heathcote and his Environmental Studies students from Escuela Campo Alegre in Caracas, Venezuela has an updated map pin, and first time ISCFC participants Henderson High School in Aukland NZ are now on the map with data from Cherith Telford’s Science & Chemistry students. Fantastic!

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

Which November ISCFC classes will be next?

Jason Hodin
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Nov. 10, 2012
    Paola Caponi and her English students from ITC Pacinotti in Pisa, Italy are now on the map! Wonderful!
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Nov. 12, 2012
    Hello all! Today we have 2 new and 2 updated map pins. We welcome new ISCFC participants Anita Pugh and her Computing/Wales Baccalaureate students at Coleg Sir Gar in South Wales UK, and Dolores Dang and her AP Environmental Science strudents at Dana Hills High school in Dana Point, CA USA. Weare also please to welcome the new students from returning ISCFC teachers Paolo Jocomelli (English; Liceo Lugano 2 in Savosa, Ticino, Switzerland) and Darlene Roy (Environmental Systems; Lincoln Community School, Accra, Ghana).

    Terrific!
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Nov. 16, 2012
    Today we have one updated pin map and one new one! Previous ISCFC participant St Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas, USA is back this term with students from 4 sections of honors biology (teachers- Ms. Scoville, Coffey & Rygh), and we welcome Shannon Bartholomew's Biology & Living Environment students from Saranac Lake High School in Saranac Lake, NY USA! Marvelous!
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