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 ...

School Design and Technology Competitions – A Great Way to Get Students Motivated

Don't forget teachers one of the best ways to get students motivated and on board is to utilise design and technology competitions from around the world - either as the start of a project brief (you do not need to enter), actually enter as part of a brief usually in teams to really give students a challenge. Below are a few that are around at the moment - and the classic Design Museum competition is about to open shortly: - ...

Google facing European competition inquiry

The European Union (EU) has accused Google of abusing its market position to distort Internet search results, in favour of its Google Shopping service.  The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google outlining its view that Google users do not necessarily see the most relevant results in response to search queries – to the detriment of consumers and rival comparison shopping services, as well as stifling innovation. The case is the first time that antitrust charges have been ...

Trending – Five Forces

One of the surprising omissions in the new BM programme is Porter's Five Forces at the time that a non-motivational theorist, Dan Pink, is included under motivation theory. However, Five Forces remains in the BM programme until 2015 examinations and could still be used legitimately in internal assessments and extended essays after that. Porter's Five Forces model is a useful tool that is not really understood by many students, which is possibly why it has been dropped! Five Forces is used ...