GSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, USA - 2019

Paper No. 230-10
Presentation Time: 4:20 PM


PFIRMAN, Stephanie, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Wrigley Hall, Tempe, AZ 85281 and TURRIN, Margaret J., Education Coordinator, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, 61 Rt. 9W, Palisades, NY 10964

It is challenging to gain access to classrooms to conduct widespread surveys to understand student literacy. Here we present analyses from a popular internet and app-based platform, Kahoot!, to map aspects of climate and sustainability literacy of students within the US, as well as around the world. Almost 50% of U.S. teachers use Kahoot! resulting in ca. 50% of U.S. students playing at least one kahoot game monthly. Many teachers use kahoots as assessment tools.

In September 2018, Columbia University collaborated with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to launch the Climate Challenge, a suite of 9 kahoot quizzes plus a survey, based on the Yale climate survey. In April 2019, Arizona State University launched the Sustainable Futures campaign, with 8 quizzes plus a survey. As of June 2019, the Climate Challenge campaign has had more than 1.3 million players, and the Sustainable Futures campaign has more than 650,000. Both campaigns have been played in more than 175 countries.

Analyzing player responses by user: teacher hosted vs. student hosted, and by geographic location: different US states as well as other countries, shows patterns of literacy that can be used to design educational strategies. In addition, assessments from the Climate Challenge and Sustainable Futures provide benchmarks for others to use as pre- and post-intervention assessment tools.