EPA iWARM

[asa_item id="467669814"] EPA iWARM informs users about the amount of energy they save by recycling different household items, such as cereal boxes, aluminum cans, glass bottles, detergent containers, and the like. To find the amount of energy saved by recycling, users must enter the type and amount of item(s) to be recycled and then tap the “calculate” button. Next, users can scroll through the different appliances using the “last appliance” and “next appliance” buttons on the bottom of the screen. By doing so, users will be able to see how long they can power different appliances by the objects that…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 5.7
B. Design - 7.3
C. Engagement - 7

6.7

EPA iWARM: A Best App for Studying Energy Consumption

Summary : The Benefits of Recycling Revealed

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EPA iWARM informs users about the amount of energy they save by recycling different household items, such as cereal boxes, aluminum cans, glass bottles, detergent containers, and the like. To find the amount of energy saved by recycling, users must enter the type and amount of item(s) to be recycled and then tap the “calculate” button. Next, users can scroll through the different appliances using the “last appliance” and “next appliance” buttons on the bottom of the screen. By doing so, users will be able to see how long they can power different appliances by the objects that they recycled.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can let students experiment with this app. To do so, students should input different data about recycling to begin estimating the impact that recycling has on energy consumption. After students have had time to experiment, teachers can facilitate a conversation by asking: (1) Which objects produce the most/least amount of energy when recycled? (2) Is there a relationship between the size of an appliance and how much energy it consumes? (3) Is it more beneficial to recycle 100 sheets of printer paper or 100 business envelopes?
  2. Teachers can have students use this app as part of a “Did You Know?” recycling campaign at their school. To do so, teachers can have students hang posters made out of recycled paper that promote recycling around the school (with appropriate permission). On each poster, students can include recycling data found using this app.
  3. Teachers can extend the amount of appliances listed in this app from including only household appliances to items found in the classroom, including pencil sharpeners, overhead projectors, and smartboards. To find the energy consumption of the classroom objects, students will need to read the labels adhered to the objects or research that information online. Students can then report about how long the classroom items can be powered by recycling.
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

Screenshots

  • EPA iWARM Screenshot

Screenshots

  • EPA iWARM Screenshot