From November 18 to December 19, 2014, I attended a MOOC conducted by Google for Education entitled Google Basics for Teaching. A final requirement for the course was to create a final project that incorporates the skills learned in the process. For this, I chose to create a project-based learning (PBL) activity for my grade 9 students in our IT class in collaboration with their Chemistry teacher.
For the PBL activity, I wanted my students to raise awareness on the existence of E-Waste and how to make necessary steps to battle against this growing global problem. The Solving The E-Waste Problem (StEP) initiative describes E-Waste as “a term used to cover almost all types of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that has or could enter the waste stream. Although e-waste is a general term, it can be considered to cover TVs, computers, mobile phones, white goods (e.g. fridges, washing machines, dryers etc), home entertainment and stereo systems, toys, toasters, kettles – almost any household or business item with circuitry or electrical components with power or battery supply.”
In a nutshell, the final output of the PBL was the creation of infographic posters about E-Wastes: its types, the presence of both dangerous chemicals and valuable elements in E-wastes and the practical action steps that can be performed by students to battle against E-Waste. My students’ lesson in electrochemistry through their Chemistry subject greatly helped them in the content creation as well.
I will be sharing my experiences in this PBL activity through a three-part blog series. Part One will talk about the planning phase based on my submitted final project of the Google Education MOOC. Part Two will talk about the implementation phase of the project. Part Three will talk about the conduct of the E-waste campaign and the lessons learned in the process.
When I created the project during the Google Education MOOC, I divided the PBL into four major phases. I also included the Design Thinking Process that I got from the Habi Education Lab.
Disclaimer: This was the submitted project plan last December 2014. Some aspects of the PBL were either altered or removed in the actual implementation. It will be further discussed in the second part of the blog series.
Phase 1: Project Description and Analysis of the problem
Design Thinking Process: Himayin ang problema (Problem analysis)
In this phase, the students will be introduced to the concept of E-Waste. They will see the big picture of how E-Waste is becoming a global challenge. They will gather additional information through the Google search and Youtube videos. In addition, the chemistry teacher will provide input on the content and content creation later in the project.
Google Apps/ Google Apps extension used: Google Search, YouTube
Phase 2: Brainstorming and Survey
Design Thinking Process: Ambagan ng ideya (Brainstorming)
In this phase, the students will contribute ideas in how to raise awareness among the school and the community. Then, they will conduct a survey among the students on what are the existing e-Wastes in their own home.
Google Apps/ Google Apps extension used: Google Forms
Phase 3: Design and Redesign
Design Thinking Process: Bumuo ng prototype (create the prototype)
In this phase, the students will design a campaign poster to raise awareness on e-Waste. It will also be an infographic to show the current state of E-Waste in the different homes of the students. The teacher will provide suggestions on the elements that need improvement before the final printing of the posters.
Google Apps/ Google Apps extension used: Google Drawing, Pixlr, Drive
Phase 4: Presentation
Design Thinking Process: Ipakita, Suriin at Ayusin (present the prototype)
In this phase, the students will showcase their project to the class and also, conduct a campus-wide collection of e-Waste
Google Apps/ Google Apps extension used: Google Slides
Coincidentally, Globe Telecom is currently conducting an E-Waste campaign called Project 1 Phone.
I wrote a letter to their CSR Manager so that my students can participate in their campaign too.
The CSR Manager
Globe Telecom Philippines
Greetings of Peace!
I have read about your E-Waste Recycling Campaign through the Project 1 Phone. Our high school, Integrated Developmental School of the Mindanao State University- Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan City would like to participate in the said campaign. Our school has a population of 560 high school students and 11,000 college students.
In relation to this, we would like to adopt recycle bins and get campaign materials from your company.
Currently, my Grade 9 students are creating infographics and posters on E-Waste. We plan to culminate the activity on the last week of February 2015.
I hope to hear a positive response from your CSR team.
Gladly, the CSR Manager promptly responded to us and sent a recycle bin during the last week of January 2015.
In the next part of this blog series, I will talk about the implementation phase of this PBL.