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 ...

3D Printing Spotlight – and Manufacturing Focus

Hi all, Another 3D manufacturing spotlight - as this industry and design area moves so fast it is always important for students  to keep up to date - especially considering the commerical production parts of your syllabus now. 3D Printed Bike - Imagine How this Manufacturing Technique will change other Product Designs? Source: Dezeen Great article about how the use of CAD, 3D Printing and other technologies are helping preserve ancient statues and designs that are being destroyed by militants around ...

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 ...

Good Luck in Your Upcoming DP Design Technology Examinations – Tips and Tricks

Hi DP2 Students, This post is to wish you good luck in your upcoming DP Design Technology examinations, but as importantly to set yourself up for success with some simple tips and tricks for revision and review. Follow these steps and success will surely follow :- 1) Past Paper Practice There is no substitute for past paper practice - so make sure you get as many papers as possible from your teacher even if from the old syllabus. Make sure to practice them ...

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 ...

Kickstarter Binge – “Great Designers Steal”?

Hi all, Just a quick reminder that to be a great designer (or even a good DT IB designer) you need to be continually watching what other designers and creators are doing to gain inspiration. Watch this great video from Jeff Veen, which discusses that famous quote from Picasso who may have stolen the quote from another famous artist - Good artists copy, great artists steal? So here are some Kickstarter links to get you thinking of simple ingenious ideas that may inspire ...

Simplicity is Key – Inspiration from Africa and from the Holiday Season?

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When teaching classic design - I am sure you cover the area of functionalism where the function of any object should determine fully its materials and design. Whether discussing Mies Van De Rohe's 'less is more' architecture  or the many wonderful design objects of Dieter Rams - I think bringing the ideas of simplicity in terms of design, or design idea, or design concept are essential for a student to achieve well in their Major Projects in the Diploma. This ...

Examination Reports

Examination reports are always available on the OCC (Online Curriculum Centre). However, not all teachers have the time to divulge into them and dissect to find the most important pieces of feedback. OSC’s expert bloggers highlight these findings for you. Read on to see if your students performed against criteria, plus what they, and you, can do to ensure your next group of IB students perform. Design Technology Maths

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 ...