1. Unit Overview

Unit Description

During this unit, students will discover how modern technology is used to create energy from the wind, but it is also used to locate the best locations for wind farms.  Students will learn about the different types of technology used to convert wind to electricity, what geographical characteristics must be present to build a wind farm, and working in groups to develop a windmill.  The students will evaluate their designs and those of their peers, comparing the differences.

Lesson Objectives

Students will:

  • Identify how technology is used in the development of wind energy sources
  • Research how the design of windmills benefits energy production
  • Identify the energy challenges facing society
  • Contribute to a group project using teamwork and problem-solving skills
  • Define wind as “moving air” and describe wind characteristics
  • Compare and identify different wind intensities
  • Investigate and illustrate wind as a form of energy
  • Compare wind machines and recognize they all use wind to do work
  • Conclude through observations that wind is a clean, and renewable energy

Learner Outcomes

As a result of this activity, learners should develop an understanding of:

  • Wind energy
  • Interactions between science, technology, societal, and environmental issues
  • Engineering design of wind turbines
  • Working together as a group


Performance and Participation Expectations

Students-

You will be expected to use your time wisely, follow directions, work with your group, and complete all tasks assigned in the Edmodo group on time.  If at any time you have a question or do not understand directions, you are responsible for contacting the teacher in Edmodo for clarification.  The teacher will respond as soon as the message is received.  Make sure to check Edmodo daily for updates and possible schedule changes.  Edmodo will the your primary means of communicating with your teacher and the other members of your group.


Social Media Use Guidelines

  1. Give credit or attribution to sources in the appropriate fashion.  Always respect copyright laws.
  2. Think before you post.  Is what you are going to post something you would be comfortable sharing with a room full of people?  If it is not, then it is best left off of the Internet.
  3. Safety first!  Do not share personal information about yourself or other students.  Types of personal information include full name, address, phone number, etc.
  4. Follow the "Golden Rule", even online.  It is important to remember that the people you communicate with online are real people.  They have feelings just like you, so be nice!
  5. All students will sign and return the school’s Acceptable Use Policy and the teachers will keep a copy of the document in the classroom.
  6. Social media will be used for professional and educational purposes only.  These purposes will include, but are not limited to, updates on school events, communication between staff and parents, and student assignments.
  7. Social media is defined as, but not limited to include blogs, microblogs (Twitter), social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Edmodo), video and photo sharing (YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, and Google Video), wikis (e.g. Wikipedia), forums, discussion boards and groups (e.g. Google groups, Moodle).
  8. Periodic spot checks will be conducted on student accounts to ensure no unauthorized changes have been made.
  9. The principal and classroom teachers have the right to monitor all student communications created, sent, displayed, received, or stored on any school computer or accounts used at school.
  10. Students will be held responsible for their own actions when using social media.  If a mistake or inappropriate behavior occurs, the student needs to notify the teacher immediately and correct the mistake, including a personal apology if necessary.
  11. Respect and protect the privacy of others is a priority.  Staff and students are reminded to not use another individual’s account, share passwords, distribute information about themselves or others, and not respond to unsolicited online contact.  Should this occur, students are to notify their teacher immediately.
  12. The goal of social media is to increase knowledge, teach 21st century skills, assist in problem solving, and to provide educational resources.
  13. Teachers will provide parents/guardians with information regarding the purpose for the use of the selected social media.