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CIS Secondary Library: Y9: The Energy Efficiency of "Things"

CIS Secondary Library: Making the Virtual Visible

Assessment (Criteria D) Details

Technologies are being designed and improved to make existing machines and appliances more efficient. We should examine the advantages and disadvantages when considering purchasing new technologies. Efficiency relates to using the input energy to "transform" a different form of useful energy. Identifying the input and output energies as well as the "non-useful" form that are also produced by the technology is a good starting point.

Your task is to research and consider the pros and cons and the energy efficiency of a new technology compared with what is currently done. You will write an article drawing out the comparisons and presenting a logical argument as to which is optimal.

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Big6 Research Skills

The Big6™ Skills are six stages of the research process. You should consider these steps as you plan your research. Sometimes you will need all of them, at other times you may only need two or three. Use these steps as your guide. 


1. Task Definition

   1.1 Define the information problem

   1.2 Identify information needed

2. Information Seeking Strategies

   2.1 Determine all possible sources

   2.2 Select the best sources

3. Location and Access

   3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically)

   3.2 Find information within sources

4. Use of Information

   4.1 Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch)

   4.2 Extract relevant information

5. Synthesis

   5.1 Organize from multiple sources

   5.2 Present the information

6. Evaluation

   6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)

   6.2 Judge the process (efficiency)