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eCards

Research, write, design and send!

Secondary, Middle

Description

eCards is an online, interdisciplinary activity designed to teach about energy use.  The students research a topic on energy use, create a visual message with text, and then send the messages to people they choose.  The website is secure, easy to use, and allows the teacher access to student work from any computer.  The activity allows for student choice and creativity, and includes all of the elements necessary for learning. 

eCards enables our youth and future leaders to learn and share their knowledge in the online environment where they enjoy learning and communicating most.

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

  • This resource explicitly teaches students to communicate information and their ideas with respect to energy use and creation.

Strengths

  • This resource will appeal to middle school students as it is internet based.  All of the necessary materials are provided, including a communication letter for parents and assessment rubrics.  There are many other links provided for the teacher and the students to do further research.  The project will cover many outcomes in many disciplines.
  • This is a teacher-created resource.  The teacher's guide is very complete.

Weaknesses

  • As a teacher, it took me quite a bit of time to familiarize myself with the resource and how it works, and to create my own example of an eCard.
  • This resource is lacking in formal reflection opportunities.

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • Ecological Footprint
  • Energy (3)

    • Alternative Energy
    • Energy Generation
    • Energy Use
  • Science and Technology (1)

    • Appropriate Technology
  • Waste Management (1)

    • Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle