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Energy resources: What powers our world
http://www.switchenergyproject.com/topics/energyresources

Switch Energy, American Geosciences Institute

This video stitches together nine separate videos about energy sources (hydro, coal, geothermal, nuclear, wind, biofuels, solar, natural gas, and oil) from the Switch Energy site. Videos can be viewed as a group, or separately, each under their own title.

Video length is 1:55 min.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

A combination of strategies is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The most immediate strategy is conservation of oil, gas, and coal, which we rely on as fuels for most of our transportation, heating, cooling, agriculture, and electricity. Short-term strategies involve switching from carbon-intensive to renewable energy sources, which also requires building new infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Long-term strategies involve innovative research and a fundamental change in the way humans use energy.
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Energy Literacy

Energy comes in different forms and can be divided into categories.
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1.5 Forms of energy.
Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Human use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.
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4.2 Human use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.
Fossil and bio fuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.
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4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
Humans transport energy from place to place.
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4.4 Humans transport energy.
Electricity is usually generated in one of two ways.
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4.5 Electricity generation.
Different sources of energy and the different ways energy can be transformed, transported and stored each have different benefits and drawbacks.
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4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .

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Different ways of obtaining, transforming, and distributing energy have different environmental consequences.
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Notes From Our Reviewers The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Consider using the Switch website 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.
  • Classes may want to include discussions of energy efficiency, transmission and conversion losses, etc.

About the Science

  • Dr. Scott Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the State Geologist of Texas, narrates the videos. Switch is part of the Switch Energy Project a multi-pronged effort designed to build a balanced national understanding of energy.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Fantastic description of the different types of energy available to the world. It lays out each with their pros and cons in an understandable manner to the lay person.

About the Pedagogy

  • Lesson plans are not currently available but the project website indicates that lesson plans will be available in 2013.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • High definition videos in Vimeo, multiple sizes for viewing situations.
  • No transcript or closed captioning available.

Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEAN

http://www.switchenergyproject.com/topics/alltopics

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