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Energy Issues: What you need to know

Switch energy, Bureau of Economic Geology at University of Texas / State of Texas

These five short videos are an introduction to the pros and cons of energy issues, including cost, choices, efficiency, environmental impact, and scale. The videos are segments of a feature documentary entitled, Switch: Discover the Future of Energy.

Videos are about 2 min long each.

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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.
  • Several related educational materials available in the CLEAN collection https://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html.

About the Science

  • Videos provide a basic introduction to some of the key issues concerning energy choices and uses.
  • Dr. Scott Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the State Geologist of Texas, narrate the documentary.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    The videos in this resource provide a valid introduction to energy-related issues and stimulate interest in getting to know more about renewable energy sources.
    No deep scientific knowledge is presented, so this should only be used as (valid) introduction.

About the Pedagogy

  • Videos could be viewed in sequence as presented, or each as a stand-alone.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Video offered in high definition and in a variety of sizes for viewing ease.
  • A trailer to the full length documentary is available on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/channels/303773.
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