Welcome to the Blog!

Switch Classroom is a trusted source for non-partisan, data-driven, teacher-created energy lessons and activities. In fact, 98% of our users find the information provided by Switch Classroom to be very trustworthy. Through this blog, we will share teaching strategies and tips for using Classroom from our Teacher Advisory Council, as well as insights from energy and education experts. For further information or to provide feedback, please contact us at classroom.support@switchon.org.

Essential Resource for Science News

February 12, 2024

Switch Classroom loves EurekAlert!, a non-profit science news-release distribution platform managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This helpful resource is updated hourly and will keep you up-to-date with scientific research in all disciplines. Educators and students can browse news releases by subject or use the direct links for various topics…

Lesson Planning with Switch Classroom: Fast and Streamlined

February 12, 2024

Lesson planning is easy with Switch Classroom! The Switch Classroom team is committed to ensuring that the platform is user-friendly and intuitive for educators, students, and parents. For educators getting started on creating lesson plans that align with your curriculum and goals, head to the Create Assignments page in Switch Classroom for a quick way…

Global Energy Insights in Dr. Scott Tinker’s Keynote

February 12, 2024

Dr. Scott Tinker, Founder and Chairman of Switch Energy Alliance, delved into the intricate trade-offs between climate security, energy poverty, and energy security at the 2023 ARC (Alliance for Responsible Citizenship) Conference, with his talk, “An Honest and Sensible Conversation about Global Energy”, now boasting over 1.4 million views.  This resource serves as a springboard…

5th Grade General Science and More with Switch Classroom!

February 12, 2024

Are you an upper elementary or middle school teacher, searching for energy resources and activities aligned to your instructional goals and curriculum? The 5th Grade General Science Alignment Guide is the perfect place to get a quick start on a variety of topics that get students excited about energy learning. Compiled by teachers across the…

NGSS and APES-Aligned Lesson ‘The Energy Mix’

February 12, 2024

The most popular NGSS and APES-aligned lesson in January was “The Energy Mix,” including the How We Make and Use Energy introductory video, which had over 17k views! In this lesson Scott Tinker takes students on a fascinating and compelling exploration of the different energy sources and their impacts.  Engaging supplemental materials include a bell…

Celebrating Black Innovators in Energy Science

February 12, 2024

This month we focus on celebrating the life and work of Black American inventors, engineers, innovators, and scientists who have made a difference in the world of energy research and technology. These pioneers shaped critical features of our energy landscape, often without the recognition they deserved and while confronting prejudice and injustice.  One such pioneer…

Newsletter: Fresh Energy Science Resources Each Month!

February 11, 2024

Exciting News! Switch Classroom now has a monthly newsletter full of practical, no-prep content that can be used in your classes today! Each issue promises educational resources, hands-on tools, and fascinating features to help you explore energy and environment with your students. This month, in honor of Black History Month, we celebrate the journeys and…

NEW! Switch Classroom Alignment Guides

July 13, 2023

Switch Classroom is thrilled to announce the release of five new alignment guides, providing educators with valuable resources to seamlessly integrate our activities and lessons into their 5th-12th grade courses. These alignment guides also showcase how Switch Classroom aligns with various rigorous standards, including AP Environmental Science, IB Environmental Systems & Societies, and NGSS (Next…

Using Switch Classroom for High School Chemistry

September 8, 2022

I teach Chemistry at an inner city school in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chemistry is sometimes hard for students to understand. After we have covered mole conversions (stoichiometry), my students are tired and need a break from the hard math involved in chemistry. After discovering the Switch Classroom two years ago and using it in my AP Environmental…

Using Switch Classroom in High School Physics

August 24, 2022

Switch, the full-length documentary, has been a regular component of my AP Environmental course since I received my first copy of the DVD over ten years ago. I was impressed by the balanced and fact-based tone of the film which is often hard to come by when presenting environmental issues. A couple of years later, I learned…

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