Magazine article Technology and Children

Rethinking Redesign

Magazine article Technology and Children

Rethinking Redesign

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To become a "Green," environmentally conscious society, current and future generations will have to make a commitment to actively reuse, reduce, recycle, rethink, redesign, and re-imagine the way they live and produce things in order to cultivate change. Now is the time that learning communities can take the lead to educate students on ways to "Go Green" in order to limit the impacts of waste and pollution on the environment and the quality of life for all humans.

Even at a young age students can make a commitment to "redesign" family lifestyles to:

* Conserve water at home and school. Turn off water while brushing their teeth. As a class, adopt a waterway, river, or park to clean up each year.

* Conserve energy. Turn off the lights when leaving the room. Don't leave the refrigerator door open too long.

* Reduce waste. Recycle newspapers, magazines, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard boxes, and phone books. Have visible recycling bins for sorting. Visit a waste site to see where trash goes.

* Improve transportation. Walk or ride bikes whenever possible. Carpool to activities.

* Conserve land for food. Pack food in reusable food containers. Select balanced, healthy meals. Help in the garden. Even the First Lady, Michelle Obama, helped plant a garden at the White House.

redesigning recycling

Many educators are discussing recycling and creating recycling programs in their classrooms or with student organizations. There are many fun recycling activities teachers can use in their classrooms that focus on where trash goes: scavenger hunts, Jeopardy games, making recycled paper, classifying common examples of solid wastes, and identifying disposal methods, etc. Visit Greenhome.com to find Green school supplies. However, students might also have fun and learn about technology by redesigning their school's recycling program.

redesigning recycling processes

Students can launch a new recycling program in their school and community. This encourages kids to take the lead to protect the environment. First, students need to find educators, family members, and other kids who want to contribute to creating a clean world. These individuals should be committed to encouraging others to "Go Green." After learning about the importance of conserving, recycling, reducing, and reusing, and visiting a recycling site, students can launch their recycling program by promoting the plan through flyers, announcements, community service, newsletters, word of mouth, PTA meetings, student and community organizations, informative tri-fold cardboard displays, Girl and Boy Scouts, etc. It is important to communicate to everyone and demonstrate the effectiveness of the program through announcements, newsletters, periodic reports, etc. This will boost morale and encourage everyone to support the adoption of the recycling program in their school or community.

Trays and collection bins should be placed in cafeterias, teachers' lounges, classrooms, and other strategic points to collect recyclable products such as:

1 Plastics: PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate) #1--soda bottles; HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) #2--milk bottles Plastic codes (1 or 2) are located on the bottom or side of containers. Lids must be removed and bottles should be clean and dry.

2. Glass: green, brown, and clear. Containers should be clean, dry, and without caps. Labels do not need to be removed.

3. Aluminum cans: clean and dry.

4. Steel cans: soup cans, fruit cans, vegetable cans, dog and cat food cans, and juice cans. Cans must be clean and dry.

5. Cardboard: unwaxed and uncoated corrugated cardboard--shipping cartons, furniture and equipment boxes. Cardboard must be broken down fiat, clean, and dry.

6. Chipboard: gray or brown in color on the inside--cereal boxes, Kleenex boxes, cracker boxes, etc.

7. Newspaper: daily newspapers, newspaper inserts, and supermarket tabloids. …

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