Mobile Muster provides practical curriculum material and engaging supporting resources for the classroom. Our Mobile Connections program allows students to look at the impact of mobile technology and encourages them to take action for a sustainable future.
Teachers can download the Curriculum Guide and participate in our accredited professional learning course. Students can access our digital library and book which contains narrated videos, stunning images, interactive activities and detailed text to help you design and implement positive actions for sustainability.
Schools can run a muster in their community and take positive actions for sustainability. Use our education resources to plan, execute and evaluate your recycling action.
Mobile Connections is aligned to the Australian curriculum and the relevant state and territory curriculum. The Curriculum Guides provides an exemplar for how to develop technology rich inquiry based teaching and learning programs.
Includes over 20 lessons on the topic covering personal connections, tourism, commerce, futures and sustainability action. Provides options for assessment and fieldwork. Details stimulus material, suggested apps and online resources.
Explores the life cycle of our mobile technology and how we can take action to ensure we recycle responsibly. It uses the Sustainability Action Process to take action in your school community.
The activities enable children to learn about recycling and sustainability through sensory and play-based learning.
We have partnered with Cool Australia to create a 2 hour accredited professional learning course to support the teaching of our Mobile Connections program.
The Geographical Inquiry Made Simple course will develop your understanding of the geography inquiry process and how it applies to the development of technology rich and sustainability focused teaching and learning. This online professional development course is on-demand, so you can learn anytime and anywhere. It is also accredited in each state and territory.
In this course, you’ll learn:
New South Wales Teachers
We have partnered with the Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre to offer NSW teachers a free face-to-face professional development course available at multiple locations across the greater Sydney area.
The Geography Action course will unpack the Mobile Connections program and explore the use of technology and sustainability in the geographical inquiry process. This course will contribute 2 hours towards NESA registered professional development.
The digital library provides easy access to animations and interactive tools that will bring Mobile Connections to life in the classroom. The digital multimodal book is designed to support the Mobile Connections teaching and learning program. It is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device or ePUB on your smartphone, tablet, e-reader or computer.
The digital book contains narrated videos, stunning images, interactive activities and detailed text to help students design and implement positive actions for sustainability.
Recycling efforts — big and small have a lasting, positive affect on our environment. Enter the number of mobile phones, or the kilograms into the calculator and see the impact you made with your own eyes!
Running a Mobile Muster at your school is free and easy. Simply follow these steps:
Use our resources to run a War on Mobile Phone Waste.
The War on Waste program inspires students to solve our waste problems. It looks at the growing problem of electronic waste and encourages Australians to clean out the bottom drawer and recycle their old phones.
After watching the War on Waste episode that looks at electronic waste use our Mobile Connections digital book to inspire students to tackle mobile phone waste in their community. The book uses the Sustainability Action Process to plan, execute and evaluate action for sustainability. It can be downloaded as an iBook or ePUB version.
Teachers should allocate several weeks to allow time for a thorough investigation of the issue and provide time for implementing the action throughout the term. If you would like to run a muster at your school complete our online registration form. We will send you a Mobile Muster collection box and resources to help promote your War on Waste. Use the book or follow our guide below.
Mobile phones are pretty incredible. They help you connect to people, places, information and goods and services across the globe. But what happens when they are upgraded or no longer work. These activities have been developed to explore the sustainability issue and cover step one in the sustainability action process. Students will access the current situation for mobile phone recycling in their school and community. They will investigate concepts and ideas relating to the issue and start thinking about what needs to change.
You are now ready to define the scope of action. After watching the War on Waste discuss why it is important to recycle electronic waste and what action can be taken. These activities cover step two in the sustainability action process. They identify ideas, consider the available resources and constraints and help students to select an idea for action. To help generate ideas watch the video MobileMuster: Extending the Life of Your Phone.
A Free Trip to Agbogbloshieby Dave Hakkens. Once you have watched the videos discuss the following:
Explore what happens when mobile phones are recycled through the Mobile Muster program. Watch the video and identify three reasons why it is important to recycle responsibly through programs like Mobile Muster.
Research information about the Mobile Muster program, generate ideas and explore options for making a change. Answer the questions
Select an idea for action. As a class and considering your resources, time frames and ideas what type of action best meets your goal. Whether you create a recycling campaign, construct an awareness artwork or run a Mobile Muster the options are endless.
The next step is to develop the proposal for action. By recycling your mobile, you’ll be avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, protecting the environment and conserving natural resources. You’re also preventing potentially hazardous materials from entering the environment.
These activities cover step three in the sustainability action process. They prepare the proposal, work out how it will be communicated and who will be responsible.
View the video The Benefits of Recycling Your Phone
Identify and describe the environmental benefits of recycling mobile phones. Interact with the Mobile Muster Environmental Calculator and assess environmental benefits of recycling mobile phones.
Develop your proposal and allocate roles and responsibilities. Questions to consider:
You are now ready to take action. Mobile Muster is the product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry and is accredited by the federal government. It is voluntarily funded by all of the major handset manufacturers and network carriers to provide a free recycling program in Australia.
These activities cover step four in the sustainability action process. They cover the implementation of the sustainable action and monitor its progress.
Change starts with education. Spreading awareness and taking action in order to make a difference can be achieved in a number of ways.
You are now ready to evaluate the sustainability action process and working out how we can create a sustainable mobile future. These activities cover step five in the sustainability action process. They cover the evaluation of the sustainable action and reflect on the learning process.
To evaluate the sustainability action consider the following questions:
Identify what learning resulted from the action process. If the sustainability action involved a Mobile Muster collection event use the Environmental Calculator to measure the environmental impact of the action. Identify what you would do differently next time and possible future directions.
Present the evaluation to the school and community. You could create a documentary that describes the sustainability action and the impact.