Constructive Discontent, Dyson and G-Shock Watches

Another year is almost over and it would be remiss of me not to post a final Dyson focused article of the year as yet again he can be an excellent inspiration to all IB DT Diploma students. However to begin with I came across another inspiring designer who like Dyson had for many years produced 100's of prototypes before he came across a design that given time would become a design classic:- "I threw more than 200 prototypes out of ...

Socially Aware and Environmental Design Spotlight

When the new year of teaching starts - I always find it is good to do a design spotlight with students to get their brains thinking about the world of design again after a great winter break. Normally I pick one of my favourite areas of design either socially aware or environmental design ideas - often loosely based around the syllabus but hopefully gets them thinking about what design can lead to - and the infinite possibilities it presents. Here ...

News, reminders and pointers from the OCC and IB…

Hi teachers, This is a quick post to remind you to always check the OCC - as Design Technology teachers and the IB are always posting useful items and resources there for you to utilise. I the last few months - Information regarding the online submission and upload of Design Technology IA MAjor Projects from May 2017 -  A must read Paul Clarke has taken on the role of Design Technology Deputy Curriculum Manager and has some really interesting discussion points ...

Some new videos to use in your IB Design Technology classes

Hi all, Welcome back to a new school year and I hope your students are looking forward to another exciting year in Design Technology. To start off the year here are some useful videos I have recently come across that you can use as starters to certain units or topics. Don Norman: The three ways that good design makes you happy - Great video to get your students really thinking about their target market and clients in the design process and how ...

CAD Software – is Autodesk Fusion 360 the Way Forward for IB DT Schools?

Hi there, Please note this is not a product plug or placement - but just a flag up that this may be useful for schools. As another year draws to a close - I was speaking with my Head of Design Technology about CAD software and what would be the best way forward. I have come from an era when ProDesktop was the go-to software at one stage, as it was free and with some work reasonably easy to utilise and teach ...

Socially Aware Design for a Purpose – Project Inspiration

Hi all, Struggling to be inspired or inspire - well here are some wonderful socially and ethically inspired recent design prodiucts which should get you thinking of some great ideas for upcoming projects to do in the IB Diploma. Remember projects especially the major project should come from the analysis of a situation and issues that are being faced - and I think these examples demonstrate this admirably! Students from the Royal College of Arts design a wearable dwelling for Syrian refugees ...

Should there be student manufacture in IB Design Technology?

Hi there, I came across a great question in the OCC IB DT forum and thought it worthwhile discussing here - whether the Diploma Design Technology course should ensure that students are involved in the making and manufacture of a product? With the recent change in syllabus the guide states the following, and I suppose the question is whether this is educationally sound for student not to manufacture their product in whatever form: “Students are not required to manufacture their own prototype; however, ...

Resources for the new DT course are developing – Don’t miss out!

Hi all, Just a few resources that have had some major developments or just been released by the IB and will really help with Major Project support or Topic 2. Do not hesitate as always to check the OCC forums for DT and the Resource Exchange as many teachers are sharing excellent resources on the new syllabus now - which is great news. Just remember if you have created some resources to share those too. The more we share the better ...