Links to pages used in this project:

Assessment Rubric

Evaluation of Issues

Summary of Issues
eWaste - Analysis of Issues
Extracting the 'gold'
Extension of PC Life
Recycling Awareness
Digital Divide
Big Business

For the purposes of this project, eWaste relates to the waste from the production computer components and disposal of obsolete hardware and computer supplies. Students from the Year 12 ITGS course will be working together to create a resource that examines and discusses the issues.

Here are some general links from my delicious page: delicious links


The carbon footprint

Environmental issues regarding the use of computers (carbon footprints?). How much power is required for computers? Monitors? Desktops vs laptops? How can we reduce the power bill? What are the trends – do computers use more or less power these days – what about the future?


How are governments dealing with e-waste? Do governments have laws? Compare some of the laws and/or policies that are being introduced in different countries

Extracting the ‘gold’ from the computer

What components can be recycled? What are the hazardous substances in a computer? Give examples of how the recycled materials are obtained in different parts of the world. (Mick and Poom)

eWaste is big business

Compare and contrast some of the practices for disposal of e-waste. Who benefits, who loses out? (Linda and Patson)

eWaste and the computer manufacturers

What are the major companies doing about e waste? Explain some of the practices/initiatives that major global manufacturers are introducing: for example one computer company and one mobile phone company from around the world (thsm09 and Springbok (Gareth))

The digital divide

Explain the environmental issues that are arising from eWaste in different parts of the world. Which countries are most effected and why.(Dolyana, sawa09, Rozanna)

Data on Computers

What happens to data that stays on computers that are broken or taken out of use? Valuable data, software licences and other issues. (Dolyana, sawa09, Rozanna)

Recycling Awareness

Which are the organisations and countries that are aware of the issues? What are they promoting? What are their goals? How are they contributing to the reduction of eWaste? Is this on a global scale? (jied09, James)

Extending the life of a computer

What is a computer too old? Can it be used by other organizations? What are some of the initiatives that are going on around the world? (jied09, James)

Criteria (to be edited)

This is a research piece of work – students can work in pairs to investigate an area. Findings and information will be presented in the ITGS wikispaces site. Links and references are essential – get these sorted in your delicious account! Use appropriate tags (ITGS eWaste).

NOTE: Please add comments when you update the page under 'a note about this edit for the history page log'. Comments may short but show why you have changed the page: adding more content (page not complete), presentation changes (headings, fonts changes, adding links), re-organising information, re-drafting in own words.


Some students will make a significant contribution to the wiki at a number of levels. Some contributions will be technical such as editing, adding images and enhancing the presentation and applying technical skills specific to this site. Some students may only dip in now and again and although the contribtions may be significant in terms of evaluation or synthesis, they also need to contribute to this online community! All contributions need to be acknowledged. Therefore we need a grade for "contributions to making this into a living and vibrant community!". Peer review is also important.

Working through the project using thinking skills:

There will be a progression of thinking skills for this project.

Stage 1: Knowledge and Understanding of Issue

At the beginning you will be contributing information, facts and examples to explain their issue (knowledge and understanding: describing and explaining). You must create a page, link this page to the naviagation bar and add delicious links. Then in own words, you must write up your evidence in your own words and remember to add the link to the site that you have used in an appropriate place. You should have at least 4 sources each and be able to explain the issue on a GLOBAL level - not just limit to one country. At the end of this stage both of you should have your work in the same page.

Stage 2: Analysis of Issue

You will read the page and will then edit and group/contrast ideas (analysis). This means that the issue is at best described but hopefully explained on a GLOBAL level. By now, the words should be your own - not a copy from the website - although all ideas and evidence used must be referenced/cited. We will/may use the turntiin to help you - this will show you which extracts are directly copied from sources and which are your own interpretation of the source. Therefore you will turn the source's words into your own words by adding/replacing with commentary leading to an interpretation of the evidence, and grouping/contrasting of ideas. This analysis should be entered into the eWaste - Analysis of Issues page (and have links back to the page)

Stage 3: Overall Evaluation and Synthesis

Students will then read all the other issues in this eWaste - Analysis of Issues page. They make may links between the issues by grouping and contrasting ideas (analysis); offer more facts (understanding); evaluate the issues (evaluation) and some may combine or extend some of the ideas to make a new point/idea or project where this aspect of this issue is heading (synthesis).

These evaluations will be entered created in a word document first and then entered on a new page called eValuating eWaste - each person may come up with a different evaluation....or on have similar ideas....however it would be good to see what each person comes up with on the one page.

Some ideas about what will be assessed:
1. Presents and explains the issue on a global level
2. Extensive research: there is a range of evidence that gives as balanced/accurate/complete view as possible (link to delicious account)
3. Is able to analyse and evaluate the evidence (perhaps a ‘written’ discussion with the pairs – one presents a point, used evidence to back this up and the other adds to this with more evidence or contrasting evidence).
4. Is able to use Wikispaces
5. Overall evaluation: once complete, students will evaluate all the issues and present their own evaluation of the issues arising from eWaste.