As part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students need to "ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century." 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 suggest that teachers might be getting climate change all wrong. Since teachers often can't rely on books to stay current with all the new research, digital resources are the only 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 or six tools that incorporate those practices and can be used immediately in the classroom to help students become true climate change scientists.