Exemplar Projects Published Reminder on the OCC

HLProject - Criteria E I am sure you have all used the IB's new exemplar projects for Design Technology by now - but if not this is simply a reminder that they now have 4 Standard Level projects and 6 Higher Level projects to review, download in PDF etc. These are pretty useful, for looking at assessment and as guides/exemplars for students not knowing what to aim for. They are also particularly useful for the final two criteria which are still ...

Major Project Blues – How About Some Furniture Design?

Hi students, are you struggling with thinking of some ideas for your Major Project. Well - if you have read my posts before as a Design Technology teacher I am a fan of Product Design and Furniture design. So see below for some great links and inspiring ideas that could get your creative design juices flowing :- Could you design a better laser cut - Foldable table that could be carried easily around and yet be structurally stable for two ...

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 ...

3D Printing – DT IB Diploma and Continued Technology Push

Hi Students, Summer is coming - and for DP1 first year DT students this is usually a time to start bringing together ideas for their Major Project noting that these days a major part of this project is the Commercial Production unit and an understanding of how to mass produce your project idea. So here to get your pulses racing is some of the latest developments in 3D printing which are not only supporting designers but in many ways changing the ...

Simplicity of an Idea is Often the Key to your Major Project – the Shopping Bag Handle Anyone?

Hi all, For those of you coming to the end of your DP1 year over the next few months you may well be starting to think about what you will do for your Major Project. And if there is one piece of advice that I can give you as an experienced Design Technology teacher - is KEEP IT SIMPLE. The best ideas are always simple - and come from a thorough understanding of an issue and good old 'constructive discontent.' So I ...

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 ...

Design for Learning and Play – A Great Design Based Project

Hi all, Further inspiration for choosing a Major Project - yes I know I have posted before about this but it is really important to ensure that the problem you solve is a good one. I compare it to the Extended Essay - without a good question in the Extended Essay you do not write a good essay and get high marks. The same is true with your major project! One good area to look into showing some 'constructive discontent' is in ...

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 ...

Inspiring DT Articles to get you thinking…the Simplest Design Ideas are often the best!

Hi DT Students, I hope all is going well for you in the new Academic Year. As always hear is one of those 'inspiration' posts which I hope enables you to get beyond some of the more mundane study of content and units in the DT syllabus. Remember Design Technology is one of the most exciting subjects and involves creativity and innovation - and guess what the only way to be creative and innovative is to get inspired by some amazing ...