As part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students need international journal “ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.” Yet, many teachers have little to no formal training in how to teach about climate change. Along with the ever-changing research and the controversy that comes with it, it’s understandable that some teachers may shy away from the content, or even prevent students from digging in too deep.
Some have suggested that teachers might be getting climate change all wrong. While teachers often can’t rely on books to stay current with all the new research, digital resources can be an effective way to stay on top of such a dynamic field. Consider these practices when using technology to teach about climate change:
Students must use models to understand the fundamental processes that help shape Earth’s climate.
Just as scientists have long argued the causes of global temperature rise, students should be holding those same debates.
Students need hands-on time with data to practice interpreting real evidence and arriving at their own conclusions.
Here are five classroom-ready tools that incorporate these practices so you can help your students become true climate change scientists.
MIT Climate Science, Risk & Solutions is an interactive, online textbook from MIT that can be used as a supplemental resource for high school teachers approaching the topic with their classes. The site offers a historical timeline, graphs, and images to tackle the science, and the slick interactive features will be engaging to teens. Students can scroll through the entire text, or jump among the topics, which are divided into sections: Climate Science, Climate Change, Risk, and Solutions. Each chapter uses different elements to engage students; read-aloud sections, interactive graphs, and short quizzes help break up the dense text.