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24th May 2016 BY: johncamilleri

Activities for Computing and Office training courses

This set of activities can be included into most computing and office skills/management courses.

Activities include:

  • The black balloons video linking energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. This can be used as a conversation started for why to reduce energy use in the office and computer room.
  • Life Cycle of a Computer activity
  • Life cycle of paper activity
  • An energy saving checklist for exiting a training/computer room
  • Sample computer room checklists used by Banksia Gardens Community Services

See also energy auditing activities in the entry below.

CERES – Life Cycle of Paper Activity – Instructions

RMIT – Life Cycle of Paper Poster

CERES – Life Cycle of Paper Activity – Cards and answer sheet

RMIT – Life Cycle of a Computer Poster

Energy Saving Checklist for Training Rooms Sample

CERES – Life Cycle of a Computer Activity – Instructions

Banksia Gardens CS Computer Room Checklist

CERES – Life Cycle of a Computer Activity – Answer sheet and Cards


These teaching resource contains Six Teaching Units for adult ESL students. It contains corresponding Teacher’s notes, image support files, flash cards and the waste game. Developed by Lalor Living and Learning Centre with funding from Sustainability Victoria and support from the City of Whittlesea.

Our Environment Resource Page

Authors: Sarah Poole, Jessica Poole Jones and Michelle Morgan

Water Saving in the Home & Garden for ESL and Cald Students

This kit includes a lesson plan, handout and sample water bills. It is designed as a 2 hour session designed for any adult learners and was particularly designed with visuals and hands on activities suitable for ESL and CALD students.

Session plan Water saving in the home & garden CALD version

Water Use in the home Melbourne Graph

YVW bill sample

Gippsland Water standard water bill sample

Energy Auditing Activities

These two activities have been designed by CERES and adapted for use in adult learning groups.Please acknowledging CERES if you use or share these activities with others. They can be used in most training areas including but not limited to Hospitality, Computing and Office skills. The activities have been designed to highlight energy wastage and to help students identify ways to save energy in various work environments.

Each activity comes with group instructions and fallible work cards that can be laminated for repeated use.

The Energy Auditing Activity explores energy use for lighting and heating/cooling. Equipment required for this activity: lux meter, thermometer and a laser thermometer
CERES Education buys its equipment from our partner, Planet Savers.


Some libraries also have this equipment available for loan.

The Cost of Energy Activity explores energy use and the cost of running appliances including when they are in standby mode. This activity requires the use of an energy meter (you can buy one from most electrical and hardware stores).

CERES – Energy Auditing Activity – Instructions-adult

CERES – The Cost of Energy Activity – Appliance Audit Table-Adults

CERES – Energy Auditing Activity – Equipment Instruction Cards-adult

CERES – The Cost of Energy Activity – Instructions-adults

Cool Australia; Sustainability Education Resources

Cool Australia create units of work and learning activities that can be downloaded free of charge from their website and taken straight into the classroom. Their online Digital Library contains lesson plans, teachers notes, videos, images, infographics, research and news articles.

Although they are designed for Early Learning, Primary and Secondary School Students they can easily be adapted for adult.

Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE)

AAEE is Australia’s peak professional body for Environmental Educators.They are advocates for Environmental Education, promote best practice and contribute to skills development among educators across the country and internationally.

Environmental Educators work in government agencies, schools, businesses and community organisations. AAEE helps them stay at the forefront of sustainability education and behaviour change. It provides a network for the growing force of cross-sector environmental educators.

AAEE has a great page with Link’s and Recommendations that includes a section on Community Education Resources. See this direct link.

ESL and CALD Teaching Resources

Environmental Education Victoria created Our Sustainable Home education kit to assist adult ESL learners and CALD students in their understanding of sustainability in the context of their local community. The resource has been designed to be highly visual and participatory-based and incorporates story-telling activities to engage learners.


Green Skills Agreement

The Agreement commits the Australian and state and territory governments to working with training organisations and business to ensure skills for sustainability are an integral part of all vocational education and training (VET) and are relevant to the needs of industry.

This commitment will be achieved by:

  • embedding skills for sustainability practice and teaching in vocational education and training, within the requirements of the national regulatory framework
  • the upskilling of VET instructors and teachers to deliver skills for sustainability
  • the strategic review of Training Packages to embed sustainability knowledge, skills and principles
  • implementing a transition strategy to re-skill vulnerable workers.

The Green Skills Agreement defines skills for sustainability as ” Skills for sustainability, also known as green skills, are the technical skills, knowledge, values and attitudes needed in the workforce to develop and support sustainable social, economic and environmental outcomes in business, industry and the community.”


Seven Principles of Education for Sustainability

Seven Principles of EfS used in Swinburne Course and found in Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, “Living Sustainably: the Australian Government’s National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability”