Amy Connell ePDP

ENERGY – LEARNING LOG

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During our energy input, we discussed fossil fuels and the different ways in which we use them in today’s society i.e. coal, oil and gas. Before this input, I was aware of what fossil fuels are but never really thought of how much we rely on them on a day to day basis in terms of our petrol for cars and when we cook our meals etc.  It has been predicted that these fuels we depend on so heavily, will not be around forever and are rapidly diminishing.  As our lifestyles are changing and becoming more industrialised, we are burning more and more fossil fuels and releasing more fumes into the air, causing global warming. “Temperatures have already increased by nearly 1° in the past 100 years and are projected to rise more quickly over the next hundred years”.  As a result of this, we have to find different ways of generating energy in terms of electricity, powering our vehicles and making materials. We spoke about Wave Power Scotland, and the ways in which it is helping to change the way in which we produce our energy. The Scottish Government has set ambitious targets for electricity generation from wave and tidal resources to contribute to its target of securing 100% of Scotland’s electricity requirements from renewable sources by 2020. Following on from this, we had an in class debate about wind energy and if we were for it or against it. Some of the pros that came up during the debate was that it can provide lots of jobs for those who build them and design them etc., it can be a nice addition to the landscape, and most importantly they can produce energy without burning fuel. However, the other side to the debate stated that it can look unpleasant in the landscape and can kill wildlife i.e. birds in the sky etc. During Andrews session, we looked at different activities involving electricity and energy and we discussed ways in which we could use these in the classroom. We followed some notes on circuits and how to light the lightbulb, and we also looked at ways solar power can trigger energy and other resources such as water etc. This was very useful as it isn’t something I was particularly interested in before and I know that if I was to teach this prior to this input, the outcome would not be half as beneficial as it would be now. I also learned that it is important to check your experiments before doing them with the kids. It is necessary to check that everything works and that all the materials are correct in order for your lesson to be successful.

 

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