Climate Hot Map

Free! The Union of Concerned Scientists’ Climate Hot Map shows different examples of climate change throughout the world. From the website’s main page, users can view the Hot Map, See Impacts, or Find Solutions option. The “Hot Map” option provides a map that highlights several examples of climate change’s impact. Users can click on an example to read about it, and each example includes a “Take Action Now!” and “Regional Solutions” link. The “Take Action Now!” link includes further information about climate change and a pre-drafted email that users can modify and send to policymakers by entering their contact information…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6.9
B. Design - 9.3
C. Engagement - 7.7

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The Union of Concerned Scientists’ Climate Hot Map shows different examples of climate change throughout the world. From the website’s main page, users can view the Hot Map, See Impacts, or Find Solutions option. The “Hot Map” option provides a map that highlights several examples of climate change’s impact. Users can click on an example to read about it, and each example includes a “Take Action Now!” and “Regional Solutions” link. The “Take Action Now!” link includes further information about climate change and a pre-drafted email that users can modify and send to policymakers by entering their contact information into the website and then clicking the “Take Action” button. The email outlines climate change’s impact and is meant to be a call to action. The “Regional Solutions” link connects users to information regarding climate change’s impact on a specific region. Next, the “See Impacts” option provides users with information about climate change’s impact on people, freshwater, oceans, ecosystem, and the temperature. Users can click one of these topics to access detailed information about it. The “Find Solutions” option connects users with information related to how different regions of the world are or could be responding to climate change. Users are able to click the different regions to learn more about their efforts.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can have students view the “Hot Map” and pick one example of climate change. Next, students can research the example online. In their research, students will have to identify the history of the example, how many people are affected by example, and ways to resolve it (if possible). Teachers can require students to find multiple sources related to the example that they can cite in their research. Students can then present their research as a paper, presentation, or video. Depending on how teachers want students to present their research, they can use an Office, Presentation, or Movie Maker app.
  2. After learning how climate change impacts a specific region, teachers can assign students a region and write a letter from the perspective of an individual living there. In the letter, students will have to explain how their individual is affected by climate change, and what their fears are if climate change is not addressed. (Students are not to name the region they were assigned.) Students can write their letter using an Office app, and the teacher can print them. Next, students will read each of their classmates’ letters, and students will have to decide on the region that the letter represents.
  3. When viewing the Hot Map, teachers can have students read the information and click the “Take Action Now!” button. Next, teachers can have students read the pre-drafted email and make modifications to it. Lastly, students can copy the text from the email to an Office app. Under the copied email that they modified, students can write a paragraph that explains why their changes were appropriate. Students can then send their teacher the email they modified along with their rationale for making those modifications using the Office app. If students wish, they can send their modified email through the website, but this is not a requirement because the website collects data about students in order to submit emails through it.
  4. Teachers can break their class into eight groups, and each group can be assigned a region of the world, which is located on the “Find Solutions” option. Next, each group is to research the impact of global warming on their region, and they will need to explain the way global warming has impacted the region, the amount of people who have been impacted, and projects what will happen to the region if global warming is not completely addressed. When ready, each group will have to teach a lesson about global warming’s impact on the region to their classmates, and the group can use a Presentation app to do so. In their lesson, students can use pictures, texts, videos, and students who are not part of the lesson will need to write down three ideas they learned from the lesson, two questions they still have, and one idea for improving the lesson.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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