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 ...

The Dyson Challenge – A Great Learning Tool

A simple reminder that sometimes the use of a competition like the Dyson Challenge can really get IB DP students thinking and pushing themselves to be the best DT students they can. As always Dyson goes above and beyond and provides resources including the great 'ideas box' along with many other great resources. They provide a brief and what is great it is extremely broad and could easily fit into the constructive discontent method of beginning a DT IB Major Project ...

May 2015 – Exam Reports : A lot to Take In to Support Students

Although the last year for the old syllabus in terms of assessment - the May 2015 examination reports always give some great feedback to teachers and students alike. It is available on the OCC as normal and below are a few of the highlights. I always share this with my students when it comes out to give them specific guidance - that comes from the EXAMINERS so hopefully they will take the advice on board. Project Advice This advice is similar to ...

A Whole New Mind – How to Communicate and Persuade Parents and Your School that Design Technology is a VERY Important Subject!

Do you work in an academic school and often find yourself as a minority subject fighting for students? Do you find that even though you have very talented design students coming into the Diploma years they often in the end do not choose Design Technology as it will not help them get into University or parents even persuade them it is not a useful subject? Well how about this for a quote to get people thinking:- Lawyers. Accountants. Computer programmers. That’s ...

Design Inspiration over the Summer Months…

Those summer holiday months are dwindling away - and it is a great time to collect and archive some great insiprational links and design news ready for teaching in the new academic year. It is always great to keep these as lesson starters, discussion points that can link to any part of the syllabus and if nothing else as a great way to inspire students ready for their own design projects. Below are some of my favourites over the last ...

Sustainability – Get Your Students Excited about Unit 2 and AHL Unit 8

The new Design and Technology syllabus has a renewed and more comprehensive focus on sustainability and sustainable design, The core Unit 2 - Resource Management and Sustainable Production and the High Level Unit 8 Sustainability mean that teachers need to ensure students know in a much greater depth the importance of sustainability in every area of design from the moment a design is thought of and sketched for the first time through to manufacture and ultimately being marketed and sold. ...