Mobile Connections teaching and learning program

Explore our education pages that provide practical curriculum material and engaging supporting resources. Our Mobile Connections program allows students to look at the impact of mobile technology and encourages them to take action for a sustainable future.

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Curriculum Guide

Mobile Connections is a Geography teaching and learning program in the Interconnections content area. It covers personal connections, technology, trade, production and consumption all through the lens of a mobile phone.

Mobile Connections - High School

  • Addresses key inquiry questions in the Geography of Interconnections content area.
  • 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.

Download the Mobile Connections Curriculum Guide (68 pages)

Mobile Connections has also been linked to the relevant state-based curriculums.

Mobile Connections - Primary School

  • Created to support the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority and links to the Humanities and social sciences subject area.
  • Explores the life cycle of our mobile technology and how we can take action to ensure we recycle responsibly.
  • Use the Mobile Connections digital library and book to support the teaching and learning program in the classroom.
  • Provides options for undertaking a MobileMuster collection event using the Sustainability Action Process.

Download the Mobile Connections Curriculum Guide (Primary) (9 pages)

Mobile Connections - Early Learning

This resource provides educators with information and resources about sustainable practices that can be promoted within the early childhood setting. The activities enable children to learn about recycling and sustainability through sensory and play-based learning.

Participating in these activities will provide children with greater understanding of their relationship with the world and the impact of their actions on the environment.

Digital Library

The digital library provides easy access to animations and interactive tools that will bring Mobile Connections to life in the classroom.

Digital Book

The digital multimodal book is designed to support the Mobile Connections teaching and learning program. It contains narrated videos, stunning images, interactive activities and detailed text to help students design and implement positive actions for sustainability.

Mobile Connections iBook

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.

Mobile Connections ePUB

You can download the Mobile Connections ePUB file and read it on your smartphone, tablet, e-reader or computer. This freely available e-book standard supports uses the latest version EPUB 3.1 in fixed format. It supports embedded interactivity, audio, and video.

How to Open an ePUB File

  • Readers: EPUB files can be opened in most e-book readers.
  • Apps: Plenty of apps exist that allow viewing of ePUB files. Gitden Reader works well.
  • Browser: Use the Firefox Add-on (EPUBReader) and Chrome app (Simple EPUB Reader) that allow you to read EPUB files in the browser just like other documents.
  • Google Play Books is another place you can open EPUB files by uploading the file to your Google account and viewing it through the web client.

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Teacher Professional Learning

The accredited professional learning course explores the development of teaching and learning sequences based around the Geographical Inquiry Process that are technology rich and can result in action for sustainability. The course unpacks the Mobile Connections teaching and learning program, explores the use of the Sustainability Action Process and the integration of technology into teaching and learning in meaningful ways.

We are offering NSW teachers free professional development courses through the Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre in Sydney. The course will contribute 2 hours towards NESA registered professional development.

Courses are being conducted by the Field of Mars Enviromental Education Centre in Sydney in Term 3 2018. Register to attend the free professional learning course.

Schools Program

Running a MobileMuster at your school is free and easy. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Register your school
  2. Plan & Promote your MobileMuster
  3. Arrange a Pick Up
  4. Let us do the recycling
  5. Celebrate your achievement

Run a Muster

Follow the steps within the Sustainability Action Process to help guide your MobileMuster event.

Make the case for change.

Undertake a survey on how many old mobile phones they have in their home. Design and distribute a survey to your school community or class.

Define the scope for action. Plan how you will record the number mobile phones are collected during the muster. Set on what you think could be collected.

Developing the proposal for action.

Organise a collection unit from MobileMuster or make your own by reusing a cardboard box or bucket. Work out where is the best location for the MobileMuster collection unit and make sure the area is visible and secure and the unit can be stored for the duration of the muster.

Implementing the proposal.

Create a poster to advertise the MobileMuster event, this can be done individually, in groups or as a class. Explore other ideas for promotion. For example writing articles for the school newsletter and social media, sending an article to the local newspaper, announcing the event at the school assembly, sending an email to class parents so that it can be distributed around the school.

Reflecting and evaluating.

At the end of the muster it’s important to think about how effective or successful your school’s muster was. Write a brief report for the school newsletter communicating the results of the MobileMuster.

  • Were the goals reached?
  • Was the promotion successful?
  • Did the event create awareness about recycling?
  • How could you improve the muster for next year?

Try to conclude the muster experience with some sort of celebration, thanking the students for their efforts. Share any records broken, or any rewards reached. Thank the students for making a difference. Encourage them to put these recycling practices into their everyday life. Share your student work and stories with MobileMuster.