Short Lessons on Geothermal Energy and Volcanoes

Iceland is one my favorite places to visit. (I hope to take my daughters there to hike and camp when they’re a bit older). That’s why I was excited to see a
new TED-Ed lesson about Iceland released last week. To say the lesson is about Iceland doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s really about why there is so geothermal energy harnessed and used in Iceland. 

Iceland’s Superpowered Underground Volcanoes is a TED-Ed lesson that explains what geothermal energy, how geothermal energy plants work, and why Iceland is a leader in the use of geothermal energy. The full video and accompanying lesson questions can be
seen here.  

National Geographic’s Volcanoes 101 explains the types of volcanoes, their shapes, common locations, and what causes volcanoes to erupt.

Applications for Education

Both of these videos are the right length and have the right style and pacing to make them an excellent candidates for a flipped lesson intended to introduce the big concepts connected to volcanoes and geothermal energy. My go-to tool for making flipped lessons continues to be
EDpuzzle. You can learn how to use EDpuzzle by watching the video that is embedded below.