Mobile Connections

Mobile Connections allows students to look at their personal connections to mobile technology and how it influences people’s choices and actions and the implications for society, the economy and the environment.

Section 5: Mobile action

Overarching inquiry question

How can I contribute to a sustainable future?

Through geographical inquiry students develop complex and deep understandings of global and local issues. Once conclusions have been drawn, students are able to propose actions, predict outcomes and, where possible, take action. This section outlines a framework for students to plan and execute individual action by following the sustainability action process (SAP). The SAP provides students with the confidence, skills and tools to take action enabling them to be global citizens that advocate for a better and more sustainable world.

Students will be encouraged to run a MobileMuster collection drive at their school.

Lesson 1: Make the case for change

Interact with the MobileMuster website. Follow the tips for running a successful MobileMuster. Support your project with a student-developed digital campaign. In addition, follow the steps within the sustainability action process to help guide your action.

Questions for inquiry:

How can I contribute to a sustainable future?

Students research
  • How many mobile phones and accessories are currently sitting inactive in our homes?
  • What current systems are in place to reuse and recycle these phones?
  • Where are local MobileMuster drop-off points?
  • Who at our school are stakeholders in this issue?
  • What have we discovered about mobile phone recycling at our school?
  • What else do we need to find out?
Define the scope for action
  • What are the steps in running a MobileMuster?
  • What resources are available to us to initiate the program?
  • What limitations or constraints may there be to running a MobileMuster in our school?
Developing the proposal for action
  • What is our MobileMuster plan?
  • How we will judge the success of the plan?
  • What steps need to be taken?
  • What resources are needed for each step?
  • Who is responsible for each step?
  • Do we have the Principal’s approval?
  • How will we communicate the idea?
  • Is our plan for action clear and well documented?
Implementing the proposal
  • Are we following the proposed steps?
  • How are we monitoring our progress?
  • How are we collecting data?
Reflecting and evaluating
  • Did we achieve our goals?
  • Have we measured and described this?
  • What were the strengths and weaknesses of our plan?
  • How could the proposal and action be improved?
  • What will we do with the evaluation information?
  • How has my/our feelings and behaviour changed as a result
    of my/our learning?
  • How well did I/we participate in any group learning activities?
  • Thinking back on what was achieved, what was the most enjoyable part of the project?
  • How can I apply what I’ve learnt to another sustainability issue?
War on Waste

The ABC War on Waste program has inspired Australians to change their behaviour and help solve our waste problems. Watch the War on Waste Series 2, Episode 2 where Craig Reucassel examines the growing e-waste problem. Watch the preview