Every Friday I’ll send you a wonderful website that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine.
This is a fun, albeit simplistic approach to carbon counting. As a teacher, I find it a wonderfully understandable way to deliver the message to students that the size of their carbon footprint matters. This site has a few easy fill-ins about family cars, travel and where the reader lives, then calculates an average carbon footprint. For example, when I answered the four or five easy questions about my home (with lots of prompts about what ‘average’ was in my area–which I can see students defaulting to), it gave me a rundown on my profile:
I’m below the national average. For those curious souls, the site provides background on this data and explains how they calculate it–great for students. You can also click around to read the latest news on carbon, with headlines like The transparency of plastics and Sorry, we’re all full (at this landfill)
Overall, a useful website for carbon basics.
Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.