|Scooped by Arlen Mayer|
This resource includes an interactive tool to use to input and compile your household lifestyle data, in a variety of areas including: transport, air travel, heating and cooking, lighting - in order to calculate your greenhouse gas emissions, and graphically compare it against a typical and green household’s emissions.
This resource could be used by students in the classroom to compile their own household data and compare it to other households, to explore and discuss how their family’s lifestyle and their own contributes to the greenhouse gas problem and its resolution and the differences to other households. Students could also perform an experiment using this tool, where they choose to modify a few key aspects, and recalculate their greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to the first, to see its impact.
To assess students’ learning, a range of questions could be given to help students reflect on their energy usage, how this activity may have changed their ideas, any lifestyle changes or things they would do differently in future in response to the findings of their energy use/level of greenhouse gas emissions, and get them to share these reflections with the class.
A more extended assessment task may include a problem based learning advocacy project to produce an information product that successfully communicates the message about what they have learnt about one aspect of energy use/ appliance use choices to reduce greenhouse gases (eg. in transport, home, food choices), to someone else, an audience of their choice (eg. politician, sibling, parents), in the form of their choice (eg. song, poster, letter to a politician).
This communication task could be used to support student’s literacy and numeracy in analysing the data represented in the comparative bar graphs, to practice interpretation and analysis of graphical data and practice literacy by using and creating a communication in various formats.
This website was selected for use as it is Australian-based, so is culturally relevant to Australian home and lifestyle energy practices. This tool is easy for students to use as it does not contain appliance jargon, and provides clear descriptions and pictorials of technologies, contains default approximate typical usages when they aren’t sure exactly how much their household uses certain appliances to give approximate results. However, a weakness could be that even though it does state the relevance of ghg emissions in this tool itself, it does not connect the theme of greenhouse gas emissions pollution with climate change and energy usage, so the concept of this relationship would need to be pre-taught, or you would need to watch a relevant video from the website to give this introduction.