Switch Energy Alliance Education Specialist James Corboy gave an introductory tutorial on Switch Classroom during the Austin Earth Science Zoomerama conference hosted by the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) and American Geosciences Institute (AGI).
Since October 1998, AGI has organized Earth Science Week internationally to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year's Earth Science Week was held online from October 11 - 17, 2020 and celebrated the theme "Earth Materials in Our Lives." Reaching over 50 million people annually, AGI leads Earth Science Week in cooperation with local sponsors like BEG.
During his presentation, Corboy shared that his eighth grade students have done two different Switch Classroom units so far. He’s using the curriculum according to Next Generation Science Standards [NGSS] in California and plans to incorporate four or five more units into his class.
Established in 1909, the Bureau of Economic Geology is the oldest research unit at The University of Texas at Austin. BEG’s mission is to serve society by conducting objective, impactful, and integrated geoscience research on relevant energy, environmental, and economic issues. SEA Chairman Dr. Scott Tinker serves as Director of the BEG.
The full Zoomerama conference is available to watch directly on the BEG website.
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