Option 1 – Is the internet damaging the environment?

Here is an investigation topic that could form the basis of an inquiry about computers or networks that relates to the cross curriculum priority sustainability. 

As we know the Internet is a network – a network of computers connected together from all over the world.  It delivers a tremendous wealth of information and applications for countless activities, and it is available all the time, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Knowing this, do you think the internet is damaging the environment?

Resources or ways that the students might be able to investigate an answer to the question…

  1. Students could first ponder question and identify their current understanding, and articulate via a poster, paragraph or audio recording what they think prior to research.
  2. Students first break down the components of the network and find out what could possibly contribute to environmental damage
  3. Students could interview and record their families and friends in different age groups to find out what they think.
  4. Students could investigate books, scientific reports and articles on the topic
  5. Students could compare statistics from invention of internet to today
  6. Students could use the internet itself to research the topic
  7. Incursion or excursion or both to a facility or speaking with an expert

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