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Energy Security: But Not Independence

Switch Energy Project

This video is a segment from the Switch Energy Project focusing on energy security. Switch Energy Project is a multi-pronged effort designed to build a balanced national understanding of energy.

Video length is 1:42 min.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Switch Energy Project website has great potential for student research projects.
  • Consider using the 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.
  • Video will easily enhance a well-designed energy lesson or unit.
  • Video is appropriate for interdisciplinary and/or social studies classrooms and projects.
  • Video will spark discussions about energy and its relation to global politics, economies and cultures.

About the Science

  • This video is an introductory video about the key points of obtaining energy security in the United States.
  • Dr. Scott Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the State Geologist of Texas, narrates the documentary.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Dr. Tinker presents scientifically credible material.

About the Pedagogy

  • Future lessons to accompany these videos are planned for this website.
  • Video presents one perspective, which can foster discussion. Could be useful for a role-playing activity (views are weighted toward the energy supply point of view).

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • This video is easily used and accessible for students.
  • Video may not work in all browsers - test your browser before screening to students.
  • Teachers must create an account to access resources from this organization. Membership is free and the only information that needs to be provided is name, email, and a password.

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