Switch Energy, American Geosciences Institute
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
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- Consider using the Switch Energy website http://www.switchenergyproject.com/about/the-project to have students do a research project on the pros and cons of different types of energy sources. Then, as a class they can create an energy portfolio.
- The webpage contains links to both excerpts and complete versions of the various interviews undertaken in this project. Students could explore how the excerpts relate to the complete interview to determine whether the excerpts do reflect the opinions of the interviewees.
About the Science
- The Switch Energy project does not advocate for one technology over another or suggest how the transition from one to another should happen. It tries to determine how the transition actually would happen, based on scientifically-sound investigation and the practical realities of the world of energy.
- Discussion of geothermal heat pumps is misleading. Other resources do a better job of explaining heat pump operation.
- Comments from expert scientist: Video includes data and information that might be out of date in a few years. Information comes from US Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency, both of which are credible sources.
About the Pedagogy
- Currently no educational support materials on the Switch Energy website but expected late 2013
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- Broadcast-quality video.
- Video also available at http://vimeo.com/40102638
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