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New Year resolutions for D&T

It's been a mad couple of weeks which is why there was no newsletter last week. This is the final newsletter for 2014, and as we are going into a new year, it seems timely to reflect on new year resolutions for D&T. If you are a Head of Department why not use some of these reflection questions in your first departmental meeting of the new year?


A challenging time for D&T

It has been an eventful year with the new KS3 curriculum and the impending changes to GCSEs and A levels. Added to this are budget cuts and the challenges D&T faces competing with core subjects for time. There is much change ahead for D&T and many challenges for us as teachers. This was also reflected in an article this week by BBC Education (http://bbc.in/1AEKXw2) where Richard Green stated that D&T could have as little as 5 years left on the curriculum if some of the current challenges aren’t addressed. 


‘Talk up’ D&T

In the BBC article Richard Green encourages ministers to ‘talk the subject up’ and to recognise its importance among the STEM subjects. As D&T teachers we also need to recognise that we need to do this too:

● In your school, do pupils, parents, the community generally, other staff, and SLT have a clear idea of what D&T is?

● What keywords would parents, pupils, the community, other staff, and SLT use to describe D&T, each material area and the projects you do? Do those words fully reflect a dynamic, 21st Century D&T department?

● How do you promote and celebrate D&T on a weekly basis?

● Does your team present a united ‘D&T’ message by referring to themselves as D&T teachers (or D&T and then their material area e.g. D&T graphics) rather than just using their material area (e.g. graphics)?

● What links to STEM do you have and how closely do you work with science, maths and ICT to ensure D&T plays a key role in STEM?

● Do all material areas fully embrace and promote their links to STEM?


A 21st Century D&T curriculum

What we teach, how we teach it and the projects we choose create the perception that others have of D&T:

● Do projects showcase 21st Century D&T rather than reinforcing stereotypes of what D&T is?

● Are your projects different to the ones parents made when they were at school?

● Do your projects use new materials and technologies that parents have never seen before?

● Do you plan teaching and learning with a dynamic STEM approach or do you have a more traditional craft approach?


Strengthening our D&T community

One of the reasons the new GCSE puts all materials areas under one umbrella heading is to try and ensure those outside D&T understand it better and recognise the links across the materials areas. It is also important for us to consider how well D&T teachers themselves understand their own subject:

● Do D&T teachers in your department fully understand what happens in other materials areas apart from their own?

● Do D&T teachers fully value what each material area does and promote and celebrate all material areas as being equal?

● How do you celebrate individuality within the D&T materials areas whilst still ensuring you are recognised as one subject?


Maintaining a positive outlook 

It is important that the D&T community maintains a positive outlook and ‘believes’ in D&T rather than focusing on the negatives & rumours that have no substance in facts:

● Are you supportive of all materials areas in D&T?

We know about some of the changes coming at GCSE but the specifications themselves don’t exist yet and there is currently no reason to suggest that any material area is more vulnerable than any other. Although there will be significant changes to the specification schools will still be able to teach each material area separately using specialists if they wish to. The only real threat to a material area will come from individual schools who decide to exclude it for their own reasons. 

● Are you basing decisions about D&T on facts or rumour?

We must be careful of making assumptions about the new GCSEs and A levels until we have hard facts. Some material areas in D&T are already being marginalised based on rumours and assumptions, and some of these are coming from the D&T community itself. This only weakens the position of D&T overall. 


A focus on textiles

Textiles is my specialism in D&T so I can’t help but be particularly passionate about its future:

● Do you believe in textiles?

There is no reason for textiles to be seen as a vulnerable subject in D&T. The references to fashion and interiors in the proposed new GCSE, along with other textiles related references, as well the textiles references at KS3, clearly indicate there is a place for textiles within D&T. Indeed with the availability of programmable components in textiles we can cover all areas of the KS3 curriculum in textiles alone. 

● Do you challenge those who undermine textiles?

Many within the D&T community themselves, including textiles teachers, are being negative about the future of textiles and this is the biggest threat it faces. This justifies decisions some schools are taking to marginalise textiles and it is creating a self fulfilling prophecy. It is important to remember that all of D&T is at risk, & not to allow textiles to become the scapegoat.

● Do you focus on STEM textiles?

Challenge people who say textiles is a dying industry. This is completely untrue, and some of the most exciting and revolutionary technology around at the moment, as well as what will exist in the future, is textiles based, with the UK being acknowledged as world leaders. Like any other industry, it is changing and evolving, and just because it isn’t the same as 50 years ago doesn’t mean it is dying.  D&T textiles on the curriculum needs to reflect this industry and craft based projects such as aprons and toys need to be considered carefully. Do they reflect 21st Century textiles? Do they portray an image that aligns with textiles engineering, textiles technology, complex pattern cutting, CAD/CAM etc. or do they reinforce traditional negative stereptypes?

● Are you considering an art textiles curriculum?

Some schools are making the decision to put textiles with art. This is not a decision to be taken lightly, despite the importance of art, and the cross over between the subjects. Although there are strong links, D&T textiles and art textiles are different and D&T is a weaker subject overall without textiles. If you are considering going down the art textiles route remember art is just as vulnerable as D&T, more so in some ways. There are also issues around how secure textiles is within art, as it is only one aspect of the subject, along with the fact that someone who trained as art teacher may have the advantage at interview over a D&T trained textiles teacher. If you consider the move to art textiles to be right for your department avoid saying this is because it is ‘easier’ or better ‘because it has no exam’. I have heard these comments many times and they are insulting to art colleagues and under value art as a subject. They also suggest D&T textiles teachers don’t like hard work and a challenge! 


SO….

A time for New Year resolutions for D&T

● What New Year resolutions will your department have for D&T in 2015?

● What will your department do to contribute to strengthening the D&T community in 2015?

● How will your department embrace the curriculum changes and make them work for the benefit of D&T?


If you need any advice on the changes within D&T and how your school is responding to them I am always happy to answer queries. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 


And finally….

Don’t forget if you are looking for lesson ideas over the holiday all of my blogs are archived on my website along with an index that will help you find resources for individual focus areas more quickly http://goo.gl/1lwCVi 

I hope everyone has a well deserved rest and great Christmas and New Year and I look forward to continuing my newsletter updates at the beginning of 2015.


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What textiles material is Astro Turf made out of?

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Testing products, bringing out the best in boys, & high tech knitting

There are just 2 more courses left to run this year; a KS3 new curriculum course in Birmingham on 10th December (relevant to all materials areas) and an e-textiles one on 16th December in Nottingham. There are already some courses in the calendar for 2015 but I am also starting to review additional courses I can add. A couple of courses that have been recently added are at the request of individual teachers. Don’t forget if there is a course you would like to see run, either a current one on a different date or at a different venue, or a brand new one, just let me know. There is no extra charge for this and no obligation for you to attend just because you requested the course. This just helps me identify and meet the demand for courses. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk. Take a look at the current course calendar at http://goo.gl/hcaSxK  


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Testing Products

Last week the newsletter included some links to product testing and in particular a selection of resources about how bullet proof vests are made and tested. This week continues that theme with links to quality control testing.

http://bit.ly/1zZiEsv - great short video on how Audi test their cars, including some textiles testing (from Hall Cross Art, Design Technology You Tube Playlist via Product Design Surgery Facebook group)

http://bit.ly/Xec0RC - video on quality control at Bentley. This video is longer than the Audi one but is less focused on advertising and has more detail (via Emma Marshall‪ Mulsanne on Product Design Surgery Facebook group)

http://bit.ly/1ygHZhq - quality control at McDonalds quality control (from Hall Cross Art, Design Technology You Tube Playlist via Product Design Surgery Facebook group)

fastskin 4021

http://f-st.co/fYmyENl - the worst uniform fails in sports history. This includes a reference to the Speedo Fastskin LZR Racer which the article claims was unflattering. This is an interesting debate as the suit may not have looked great but it made swimmers so fast the design was eventually banned. Check the article before using it as one of the images is a little ‘cheeky’! 


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Courses aimed at any D&T teacher:

New KS3 Curriculum - 10th Dec, Birmingham (final few days to book this course)


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Bringing Out The Best In Boys

I have mentioned this book by Lucinda Neall before but it is such a good one that it is worth another mention. I have found many of the ideas & strategies on teaching boys very helpful over the years and the book has been a big influence on my own teaching. Many of the ideas and techniques are included in the training I run on teaching boys (email julie@julieboyd.co.uk if you would like one of these courses to be added to the course calendar for 2015 at no extra charge). The book is nicely laid out, is easy to read, and is something you can dip in and out of if you don’t have time to read the whole thing. It has ideas relevant to newly qualified teachers, but it's just as useful to anyone more experienced and is good for prompting reflection. At about £15 it’s not too expensive and it's a good book to buy the department as a team Christmas present, or even better, get your school to invest in a copy. 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

High Tech Knitting

Following on from last week’s newsletter theme about knitted fabric construction here are a few more ideas that continue the knitting theme.

Save the Children’s ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ is next week and it is a great way of raising the profile of knitting http://jumpers.savethechildren.org.uk. Although Christmas jumpers are very twee, and they don’t exactly present the textiles industry as the high tech industry it is, they are a great spring board for educating your school all about the high tech things knitting is used for. 

http://www.britishchristmasjumpers.com - Take a look at this British company who make Christmas jumpers and who designed a multi cultural Christmas jumper that has become a best seller. The website also has a section on how the jumpers are made http://goo.gl/QrjhIn (via Margaret Moorhouse)

Why not balance out the more traditional aspects of knitting with something more high tech and have a display showing some of the technical uses of knitting? Use some of these links to find images and information for your display.

http://goo.gl/biMT1r  knitted medical implants for repairing aortas. Use keywords like ‘knitted’ and ‘knitting’ in the search box to come up with a variety knitted medical implants. 

http://goo.gl/aCDzJI - Nike Flyknit, a knitted, lightweight trainer

http://bit.ly/1tw44n3 - video about the development of Nike Fly Knit

http://goo.gl/4UqcZm - whole garment knitting developed by Shima Seiki which produces a whole product with no stitched seams & no waste

Why not follow up the day with a trip to The Fashion & Textiles Museum in London to see their current exhibition on knitwear (Channel to Westwood, on until 15th January) http://ftmlondon.org/?p=4434  The exhibition showcases the use of knitwear in fashion as well as showing up to date new knitwear technologies and high tech design innovations. 


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Courses for textiles teachers taking place before Christmas. See the bottom of the newsletter for the full list or visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 

E-textiles: From the basics to more advanced techniques - 16th Dec, Nottingham 2 weeks left to book 

Programmable E-textiles components (including KS3 curriculum content) - 16th January, Nottingham

An Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles - 21st January, Nottingham  


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Speedo IQFIT ergonomically designed swimming goggles

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Testing products, AfL, & cool knitting

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Testing Products

When students are testing and evaluating their products show them this great article on 10 insane ways people proved their products worked. http://goo.gl/Lb7FLJ  

One of the products listed in the above link is a bullet proof vest whose inventor in the early 1900s allowed himself to be shot in order to test the vest. This is something that the CEO of Uk based company PPSS has also done along with similar tests on other protective wear the company makes. Take a look at the product videos sections on the website http://www.ppss-group.com for high impact videos that will generate great discussions on performance materials such as kevlar. Make sure you watch the videos first to make sure they are appropriate for your students. 

If the videos on the PPSS website aren’t suitable for your students this video might be more suitable. It has a great explanation of the materials a bullet proof vest is made from along with clips on how it works http://bit.ly/1FxtqHz. If you just want to see the bit on how the vest actually works this clip has just that section of the video and is much shorter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgBzqzSLdlY  


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Courses aimed at any D&T teacher:

New KS3 Curriculum - 10th Dec, Birmingham (less than 2 weeks left to book this course)


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Assessment For Learning

The importance of Assessment for Learning as an assessment and progression strategy continues to increase, particularly with the removal of levels from the new KS3 curriculum. This book by David Spendlove has lots of easy to implement ideas for AfL. It’s small and easy to dip into, with each idea clearly explained and summarised onto one or two A5 pages. At about £15 a copy it is a good investment for a department, or a good book to persuade your school to buy as a staffroom resource. 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Cool Knitting!

Whilst out shopping I saw some Cadbury Christmas chocolates packaged in boxes decorated with images of knitted fabric. The looped construction of the fabric is very clear to see in the images. Why not use the packaging as a lesson starter where students have to identify the technique? 

This could be followed up with a homework activity where students have to take photos, or collect magazine images, of products using knitted fabric construction. For more challenge students could also do research on knitting e.g.finding out the difference between weft and warp knitting, finding out what the key terms course & wale refer to, and finding out what a spacer fabric is. For something a little more challenging get students to research the use of knitting in the technical textiles industry.

Cadbury aren’t the only company using textiles as part of their marketing. The other brand that springs to mind is Comfort using images of people made out of fabric in their adverts for fabric conditioner. 7UP have also just launched an advertising campaign featuring urban knitter Magda Sayeg, who is considered to be the mother of yarn bombing. 

http://www.magdasayeg.com - Magda’s website showcasing her work http://bit.ly/1zZhH3x - short video with Magda talking about the 7UP advert
http://bit.ly/1xTiqnD - Video showing Magda yarn bombing a Routemaster bus 

What could your students yarn bomb? What other examples of packaging and advertising can students find that use fabrics, or some other sort of textiles link, in their marketing?


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Courses for textiles teachers taking place before Christmas. See the bottom of the newsletter for the full list or visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 

E-textiles: From the basics to more advanced techniques - 16th December, Nottingham

Programmable E-textiles components (including KS3 curriculum content) - 16th January, Nottingham

An Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles - 21st January, Nottingham  


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Name a textiles fabric that is bullet proof. What textiles fibre is it made out of?

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Good & bad design, outstanding learning behaviours, & values issues in textiles

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Good Or Bad Design?

In last week’s newsletter I focused on product design and how the everyday world that students interact with is a useful learning tool that teachers can draw upon. 

This was at the forefront of my mind later in the day, not long after I sent out the newsletter, when I visited my local Hungry Horse pub chain. On the menu was a new burger meal that left me both intrigued and shocked at the same time! The burger consisted of 2 beef burgers, topped with cheese, 4 rashers of bacon, and BBQ sauce, all sandwiched in between 2 donuts! Is this creative product design or a bad design particularly based on the current focus on obesity?

The idea of what makes good and bad design makes a great focus for discussion. Discussions don’t just have to focus on one materials area but could look at design generally. The burger would be a good example to get a discussion going and it could be followed up with a homework identifying products with good and bad design. 

Here are web links you can also use when focusing on good and bad design.

http://bit.ly/1xp2tqb - Rotating park bench that turns after it has rained so you don’t have to sit in the wet

http://inhabitat.com/?p=692816 - cardboard surfboard that doesn’t disintegrate when it goes in the sea

http://miito.de - innovative kettle design

http://www.dutchbydesign.com - Dutch design company with some quirky products (also has a page about what inspires the designers)

Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Courses aimed at any D&T teacher:

New KS3 Curriculum - 10th Dec, Birmingham (less than 3 weeks left to book)


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Outstanding Learning Behaviours

I like this video via Steve Hewitt-Richards on the TES website focusing on outstanding learning behaviours. It is based on year 6 primary pupils but the idea is just as useful for secondary teachers. We often assume young people know how to behave and learn but this is not always the case. Being explicit and identifying what these behaviour are is a good idea and gives young people boundaries to work within and target. This also puts the responsibility for learning and behaviour back onto the pupils rather than it being on the teacher. The video is a bit set up in places (I don’t know many year 11s that would talk about their learning being consolidated let alone a year 6!) but it is good nevertheless. 

This would be a great video to show on open evenings to showcase how your department works. Why not set yourself the target as a department over the next few months to identify what makes an outstanding D&T attitude to learning and then create a similar video?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGVuNp3xv8s 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Social, Moral & Environmental Issues In Textiles

Over the summer holiday I visited Snibston Discovery Park in Leicestershire who claim  to have one of the biggest fashion collections outside of London (the park is currently under threat of closure so if you intend to visit don’t wait too long!). One of the displays focused on t.shirts being are used as a fashion item as well as a tool for getting noticed and protesting. On display to illustrate this were an anti poll tax t.shirt from 1991, a Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm MacLaren bondage t.shirt from 1976, and contemporary fashion t.shirts from Top Shop. 

Fashion is often the focus for protest, both because, like the poll tax t.shirt, it can be a tool for rebellion, but also because the world of textiles often generates protests against how things are made and sold.

Take a look at these links related to the social, moral, and environmental aspects of the textiles industry:

http://goo.gl/U79U5a - M&S schwopping campaign 

http://goo.gl/URGhai  - a recent article on fashion being used as a platform for ‘protest’ by Karl Lagerfeld

http://ow.ly/wenRT  - How knitting could prevent the spread of disease in tropical countries ‪

http://huff.to/1fXN7Pu  - the reality behind snakeskin products (check it before using it because of some of the images)

http://goo.gl/ruqzoQ - a debate on the V&A website about ethical fashion (via Margaret Moorhouse)

http://goo.gl/Mt4xeA  - Top Shop’s ‘Reclaim to Wear’ collection made out of fabrics left over from previous collections. This is a great resource to use if you are doing projects using recycled materials or if you have a lot of oddments of fabrics left over as it shows how a large company is using this as an approach to design (via Margaret Moorhouse) 


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Courses for textiles teachers taking place before Christmas. See the bottom of the newsletter for the full list or visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 

E-textiles: From the basics to more advanced techniques - 16th December, Nottingham

Programmable E-textiles components (including KS3 curriculum content) - 16th January, Nottingham

An Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles - 21st January, Nottingham


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Seasalt socks made from organic cotton & bamboo. What are the properties of the materials that make them suitable for use as socks? What is the environmental impact of these fibres? (interesting packaging deisgn too!)


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Product analysis, lesson planning & high tech textiles

Final Week For Feedback On The GCSE Consultation

Don’t forget to have your say on the GCSE consultation as the deadline is next week. For information on where to find the consultation documents, and what you might say, look at last week’s blog at http://goo.gl/RK47aK. It is really easy to do and doesn’t take too long. We have no right to moan about the changes if we don’t submit any feedback!


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Developing Product Analysis Skills

I love browsing in shops looking at products; thinking about how they have been designed, how they work, what inspired the design, who the user might be, good or bad design, environmental and other issues to do with the product etc. Encourage your students to do this more as it enables you to focus on products you don’t have access to in school. It also helps immerse students in the design world so that they automatically look at products even when you haven’t prompted them to. Here are some tips on things you might encourage students to do:

1  Set shopping homeworks! This is a fun, active homework that most  students can do even if they only visit a supermarket. It enables you to focus on products you don’t have access to in school and helps immerse students in the design world. Give students something to focus on when they do the task e.g. looking at particular types of products, themes such as ergonomics, design themes from past exam questions. Also give them some type of outcome they have to produce e.g. a collection of images, a product analysis, drawings to develop a design, a comparison chart. 

2  Encourage students to look at products outside of the materials area they are studying. Encourage them to think outside the box using inspiration from products they aren’t familiar with to design products in their own material area. Students feeding back on products they have seen also makes a great starter as well as being good for discussion prompts. Maintain interest using ‘product of the week’ displays and by displaying product photos students have taken, along with work the images were used to inspire.

3  Develop your own bank of product images. If you don’t have time to take your own photos create collections using other people’s images using things like PinterestInstagram and Flickr. To get you started take a look at my own boards by clicking on the links. Those of you who follow my Instagram and Flickr accounts will also know that I try and post a daily D&T image and many of these are product related. If your students take photos get their permission to use the images to create teaching resources. Crediting their name on the resource is a great way of making students feel valued. 

4  Keep a note of websites that showcase unusual products. Pinterest is a good way of storing these links. Take a look at my ‘Dare to be Different’ board as an example. Here are a few website links to get you started:

http://wp.me/p3lRK9-3uo   - 10 inventions that were created due to World War 1

http://goo.gl/Lb5e3U   - Everyday gadgets and products but with a difference

http://goo.gl/rAxPYd    - Useful inventions you never knew you needed!

The images show interesting products I have seen recently: ergonomically designed peeler, unusual tea pot, musical ruler, spork, pizza cutter, fruit infusion drinks bottle, hat and bag made from Coke cans & gun shaped book ends. All of these products can be found on my  Instagram and Flickr. Also take a look at the free download this week for another product image.














Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Take a look at these courses aimed at any D&T teacher:

New KS3 Curriculum - 10th December, Birmingham


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Lesson Planning 

Ofsted don’t require a formal lesson plan using a particular structure (see http://goo.gl/DSXkHW). They will, however, be looking for how effective lesson planning is and the impact it has on learning. This will mean different things to different teachers and if you (or your school) prefer something written Ross Morrison McGill’s (@teachertoolkit) 5 Minute Lesson Plan is a good starting point, particularly as this has been acknowledged by Ofsted as being a good format to use if teachers choose to use one. 

To find out more about the original 5 minute lesson plan visit http://wp.me/P2HFBD-iS. Ross and other teachers have developed the plan into a range of other areas including one for behaviour, well being, meetings and many more. These can be found at http://wp.me/P2HFBD-1f5. The most recent development is a digital version of the 5 minute lesson plan http://goo.gl/l5fqtN.

 

Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

High Tech Textiles

I am currently preparing for a 2 day course running at the STEM Centre on 5th & 6th December (http://goo.gl/lwz5Dv) as well as a basic e-textiles course on 16th December and a more advanced one on 16th January (http://goo.gl/rC8c2L). This means much of my focus at the moment is on smart, modern and electronic materials. These links below are interesting things I have found whilst doing this preparation:

http://bbc.in/115gxa6 - Radio 4 programme on wearable technology including Asha Peta Thompson, an ex student from my last school. Sadly I never taught her but she did several talks to students and her passion for textiles was second to none. The programme is quite long but worth a listen (via Margaret Moorhouse). 

http://www.squeasewear.com  - an inflatable pressure vest designed to calm and reduce stress levels particularly for those with sensory disorders and autism

http://goo.gl/hYWFt9  - tips on washing wearable electronics

http://goo.gl/uTqvMo  - Astroskin shirt that monitors astronauts health and how this has real world applicaitoions for people living in remote areas with doctors monitoring their health remotely 

http://blog.seymourpowell.com/?p=5778  - Seymour Powell smart jacket for extreme environments

http://goo.gl/q95T2y - hoodie designed so that headphones can be worn on top of the hood. The hoodie uses a fabric that won’t muffle or distort sound

http://goo.gl/fOWZUo - footwear that allows you to keep track of your child

Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Take a look at these courses for textiles teachers taking place before Christmas. See the bottom of the newsletter for the full list or visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 

KS3 New Curriculum - Planning a Successful Textiles Course - 29th November, Nottingham

E-textiles: From the basics to more advanced techniques - 16th December, Nottingham

Programmable E-textiles components (including KS3 curriculum content) - 16th January, Nottingham

An Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles - 21st January, Nottingham (NEW) 


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Post It note door hanger. A new twist on an old product.

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New exhibitions, cars & bikes, & tailor’s dummies

Exciting New Website Developments

Over half term I have been working on my websites. There are two main changes; firstly my D&T blog (which is basically a copy of this newsletter) is now hosted on this website. This is all part of my long term aim to use this as my main website. 

The Textileshotline website, where the blog used to be hosted, is now being developed as a student learning platform for textiles focusing on revision and things to support KS3, 4 & 5. I am not totally sure what direction the student website will take at the moment, so it is verymuch a work in progress! It takes a long time to do (and is unpaid!) so how it grows will depend on how much time I have. Some of the content on there at the moment is taken from my teacher website just to get things started. The aim is to have something more detailed up and running ready for the exam season in 2015. Visit the website at www.textileshotline.co.uk


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Cars And Bikes

Here are a few links related to car and bike design:

http://youtu.be/SUfRNAuPSbw - the creation of McLaren's F1 handbook. 

http://bit.ly/1tE3974 - a BMW concept car that questions the traditional use of materials when designing (via Abbie Joanne on the Textiles Teachers Centre)

http://bit.ly/1tE3974 - the BMW museum

http://goo.gl/UBZSHR  - from 4 wheels to 2 with this short animation on the evolution of the bicycle (via @GTaylorSTEM‬) 

http://goo.gl/v8RGRu - resources on the National STEM Centre website about Brompton Bicycles. There are a range of resources aimed at different strands of D&T including food, graphics, textiles, RM & systems

Inspired By Warhol

A couple of weeks ago my newsletter featured the work of Mondrian and ideas on how his work might be used to inspire product design. This week, Andy Warhol, another artist whose work has been very influential on the design world, has an exhibition opening at the Tate Liverpool called 'Transmitting Andy Warhol'. It showcases more than 100 pieces of work including art, media, music, and fashion (until 8th February 2015). 

http://www.tate.org.uk/node/290827 - for more information on the Tate Liverpool exhibition

www.warhol.org - the Andy Warhol Museum website

http://goo.gl/abLWhP - my Pinterest board on Pop Art

Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Take a look at these courses aimed at any D&T teacher:

Maximising Progress in D&T Using Higher Level Thinking Skills - 19th Nov, Bristol

New KS3 Curriculum - 10th Dec, Birmingham


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

The deadline for having your say on the GCSE consultation is 19th/20th November. It is our subject so it is important all D&T teachers have an input no matter how brief your comments. Why not get together as a department to submit feedback? It’s a good opportunity to reflect as a team on where you see D&T in your own school heading in the future.  

If you need something to prompt your thinking and discussion the D&T Association have some feedback taken from some of their recent branch meetings on the consultation. You can see these at http://goo.gl/j2QbqR 

The D&T Association also have documents on their website that explain some of the thinking behind the proposals, as well as some of the pros and cons. There are also some questions for you to reflect on to help you organise your thoughts. http://goo.gl/0ruLWS 

Links to the consultation documents can be found at http://goo.gl/UH9Tqm. Note there are separate documents for Cooking and Nutrition and D&T (closes 20th November). Depending on how much you want to write this one is quite quick to fill in. 

To complicate things assessment is in a separate consultation document so don’t forget this one as well. It can be found at http://ofqual.gov.uk/?p=12075 (closes 19th November). This one takes longer to fill in as there are more sections. Both documents took me about 15 minutes to fill in all together. 

Remember we have no right to moan about the changes that happen if we don’t submit any feedback!


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Free 2 Day Course On STEM In Textiles

In December I am playing a lead role in a 2 day course at the STEM Centre in York focusing on smart and modern materials. The course is run by me but is organised by the STEM Centre. It looks set to be an exciting 2 days with an external trip, a visit from a designer specialising in STEM textiles, as well as activities and ideas for getting STEM into your classroom. The course is over £650 but all delegates can apply for a bursary which covers both the cost of the course as well as overnight accommodation and meals. You will also get a bit of change from the bursary to use back in your department! Freebies like this are rare and it promises to be a good couple of days.  For more information visit http://goo.gl/lwz5Dv  

Modelling On A Tailor’s Dummy

With the focus on iterative design at KS3, and the likelihood of this continuing at KS4, having at least one tailor’s dummy in a textiles department is an increasingly important piece of equipment. Although they aren’t cheap, if you don’t have space for a full size dummy, a half size one might be the answer. See  http://halfscaledummies.com/?p=26 (via Thelma Kwabi on Textiles surgery Facebook group). 

If you can’t afford a tailor’s dummy invest in some duct tape and make your own using these instructions http://wp.me/pLMd2-fy 

New Exhibition At The Design Museum

Clothes are a powerful form of self expression and the new exhibition at the Design Museum celebrates this (until 26th April). 'Women Fashion Power’ claims to be one of the most wide ranging presentations of modern fashion ever shown in the UK. It focuses on how 25 key female figures across 150 years have used fashion as a form of self expression, empowerment and authority. This exhibition might be a particularly good one to encourage A level Product Design Textiles students to go to to support the fashion history elements of the specification. For more information http://goo.gl/9p6VrR (via Margaret Moorhouse)

Course Updates: For Textiles Teachers

Take a look at these courses for textiles teachers taking place before Christmas. See the bottom of the newsletter for the full list or visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 

A Level Textiles - Focus on Unit 1 - 20th November, Bristol

KS3 New Curriculum - Planning a Successful Textiles Course - 29th November, Nottingham

E-textiles: From the basics to more advanced techniques - 16th December, Nottingham

Programmable E-textiles components (to meet KS3 curriculum content) - 16th January, Nottingham

An Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles - 21st January, Nottingham (NEW) 


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Costa Coffee recycled pens sold for their charity. What other examples of company social responsibility can you think of? More info www.costafoundation.com  

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Careers in D&T, free behaviour management course & free STEM in Textiles course

Happy Holidays - For Some!

I know some schools break up for half term this week so happy holidays if that applies to you! If you are looking for some D&T related things to do take a look at my list of places to visit at http://goo.gl/GMcLzJ 

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Careers In Design & Technology

Have you seen the DFS ‘who’s behind your sofa’ advert? It shows all the people that are involved with a sofa from the designer, trend spotters, buyers, frame builders, sofa tailors  to the sales reps. The website also has more information on these roles as well as on how the sofas are made. As well as being a slightly different way of approaching careers in D&T it is a great way to show the different types of thinking and skills needed to create a product range. 
See the advert at 
http://bit.ly/ZZTNJd 
See the website information at http://www.dfs.co.uk/content/behind-your-sofa

http://tastycareers.org.uk - jobs, case studies, and resources for teachers on different careers in the food industry (via Jessica Loxley on Sarah Middleton - Food Technology Teachers Network Facebook Group) 

http://bit.ly/ZulLLQ - video on careers in engineering, from developing devices for monitoring a baby’s heart rate, to developing sports gear (via Bren Hellier on Facebook)

Health And Safety

http://goo.gl/SHjYOA - These 50 examples of people ignoring occupational health and safety will generate both discussion, amazement and amusement. Great as a starting point for discussing health and safety in the classroom (via @GTaylorSTEM) 

http://youtu.be/rvZHYvmWaDs?a - this video isn’t as much fun as the images above but it gives a good background to the Health and Safety at Work Act and helps explain why some of the images are so dangerous. (via @TuxfordDESIGN) 

Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Take a look at these courses aimed at any D&T teacher:

Maximising Progress in D&T Using Higher Level Thinking Skills - 19th November, Bristol

New KS3 Curriculum - 10th December, Birmingham


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Free Behaviour Management Training

Paul Dix is well known for his behaviour management training and he is now running a free online behaviour management course through the National Science Learning Centre. Although run by the centre, and therefore targeted at STEM subjects, it is also open to non STEM subjects so it may be relevant to other areas of your school. It consists of 15 hours of online taught time along with action research you do relevant to your context. If you have difficulty getting released from school to do CPD this could be a good alternative. 

http://bit.ly/1p7gUWj - to hear Paul Dix talking about the course

http://goo.gl/TF0fLp  - for more information on the course on the National Science Centre website 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Free 2 Day Course On STEM In Textiles

In December I am running a 2 day course at the STEM Centre in York focusing on smart and modern materials. The course is run by me but is organised by the STEM Centre. It looks set to be an exciting 2 days with an external trip (venue yet to be confirmed), a visit from a designer specialising in STEM textiles, as well as activities and ideas for getting STEM into your classroom. The course is over £650 but all delegates can apply for a bursary which covers both the cost of the course as well as overnight accommodation and meals.  For more information visit http://goo.gl/lwz5Dv. This is one not to be missed, especially as it is free!

STEM In Textiles

On the STEM theme take a look at these links:

http://www.ecouterre.com/?p=99587 - an eco friendly pair of sunglasses made from a hemp and flax composite

http://www.ecouterre.com/?p=99791 - how the US Navy are experimenting with welding seams together using sound waves 

Night Light Doorstop Project

Get STEM into your classroom with this e-textiles night light doorstop project currently featured in the November issue of Sewing World magazine. Just like the other articles I have had published in Sewing World the project is aimed at the target market of the magazine rather than schools. This means it is a bit more ‘crafty’ and ‘girly’ but it might provide some inspiration for an e-textiles project where the LEDs have a function rather than just being decorative. The magazine is available from WH Smiths, larger supermarkets and craft shops. You can also order a copy online at http://goo.gl/dPWdRQ. Take care to check the date when you buy the magazine as it is the November issue even though it comes out in October!

Course Updates: For Textiles Teachers

Take a look at these courses for textiles teachers taking place before Christmas. See the bottom of the blog for the full list or visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills - 10th November, Nottingham 

A Level Textiles - Focus on Unit 1 - 20th November, Bristol

KS3 New Curriculum - Planning a Successful Textiles Course - 29th November, Nottingham

E-textiles: From the basics to more advanced techniques - 16th December, Nottingham

Programmable E-textiles components (to meet KS3 curriculum content) - 16th January, Nottingham

An Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles - 21st January, Nottingham (NEW) 


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What textiles shaping technique has been used on the knee of these jeans? How would you explain how to do this technique using notes and diagrams?

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Mondrian, GCSE consultation, & another use for denim

A Fab Day At The Textiles Teacher Event

Last weekend more than 30 teachers attended The Textiles Teacher Event. It was a great day with lots going on and lots of enthusiastic and hard working textiles teachers. Next year’s event is already booked so put Saturday 3rd October in your diary. Visit http://goo.gl/IHWgj7 to see more about the event.








Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Inspired By Mondrian

The KS3 curriculum has an increased focus on students investigating design movements and designers in order to inform their own thinking. Mondrian was an artist rather than a designer, but his work has been very influential in the design world. Mondrian’s work is a good starting point to use with students when looking for design inspiration as it is easy to relate to. Take a look at these resources to support your teaching, and don’t forget, if you want a cheap Mondrian inspired product, check out your local supermarket for a Kleenex tissue box with a Mondrian design.

http://goo.gl/4lPZ3c - Article discussing how Mondrian has become a brand influencing everything from fashion, furniture, footwear, architechure and decor

http://bit.ly/1v7Vlxi - Until this week the Tate Liverpool had an exhibition on Mondrian and, although it has finished, you can still access the related resources designed for schools   

http://www.piet-mondrian.org/ - website dedicated to Mondrian and his work

http://goo.gl/ujNfpi - Yves Saint Laurent’s famous Mondrian day dress

http://bit.ly/18dIA5s - cake designer Caitlin Freeman talks about creating art inspired cakes including a Mondrian cake

http://bit.ly/1vUnI0U - video on the making of a Mondrian cake

http://goo.gl/My84sH - my Pinterest board on Mondrian


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Take a look at these courses aimed at any D&T teacher:

Maximising Progress in D&T Using Higher Level Thinking Skills - 19th Nov, Bristol

New KS3 Curriculum - 10th December, Birmingham


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Have Your Say On The New GCSE Proposals

Following on from the release of the proposed GCSEs for D&T there is a consultation process that goes on until 20th November. This means that you have a chance to have your say on the proposals. Don’t assume this is a waste of time as the KS3 consultation proved changes are possible even at this stage. If you agree with the proposals it is still important to respond in order for areas of the proposals that have support to be recognised. 

The D&T Association have documents on their website that explain some of the thinking behind the proposals, as well as some of the pros and cons. There are also some questions for you to reflect on to help you organise your thoughts. 

The links to the consultation forms can also be found on the website. There are separate documents for Cooking and Nutrition and D&T, and to further complicate things, these are subdivided into one for the subject content and one for the assessment objectives. http://goo.gl/E3GWFo 

Things are very busy but this is our subject, and whatever your opinion, it is important everyone has their say.


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 Another Use For Denim 

Denim is a fabric every student knows and there are lots of ideas on the internet for ways of using old denim to create new products. Did you know, however, that denim can be recycled in to insulation material for buildings? Find out more in this article http://goo.gl/wdWdca

http://www.bondedlogic.com - a company who product Ultratouch insulation made from recycled denim

http://goo.gl/aygvLq - a range of insulation materials made from waste textiles including Denimite, made from denim, and Marblus, made from cotton/polyester scraps 

Nike Grind

Continuing on the recycling theme take a look at Nike Grind where customers are encouraged to return shoes after they are no longer needed ready for them to be ground up for use as sports surfaces and a range of other products. http://goo.gl/DXZJo7 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=havv5H6RMWA - video about Nike Grind

http://goo.gl/H9j6kF - Ecore flooring collection made from Nike Grind and tyres

Course Updates: For Textiles Teachers

Take a look at these courses for textiles teachers taking place before Christmas. See the bottom of the newsletter for the full list or visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills - 10th Nov, Nottingham

A Level Textiles - Focus on Unit 1 - 20th November, Bristol

KS3 New Curriculum - Planning a Successful Textiles Course - 29th Nov, Nottingham

E-textiles: From the basics to more advanced techniques - 16th December, Nottingham

Programmable E-textiles components (KS3 curriculum content) - 16th Jan, Nottingham

An Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles - 21st January, Nottingham (NEW) 


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‘The Waitrose Way’ poster. What social responsibility commitments do companies make? How does this add brand value?

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Some inspiring D&T products, & some useful textiles links

It’s been a busy week as this Saturday it is my big annual event for textiles teachers in Nottingham. Over 30 teachers will be having an exciting day with lots of hands on activities, displays and freebies. This means the blog is slightly shorter than normal as I haven’t been able to spend as much time on it as usual. For more information on The Textiles Teachers Event visit http://goo.gl/YuJShO 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

D&T Is Amazing. But You Knew That Already!

With the constant change in education at the moment it can be hard to remain positive and upbeat. Last week saw the proposed new GCSEs which signal lots of potential change, and with change comes extra work! One of the key things we need to do is remain passionate about the value of our subject and the difference it makes. It is frustrating that not everyone understands this, but that just makes it even more important we keep reminding them!

Here are a few amazing products that remind us how important Design & Technology is:

http://bit.ly/1vB7k4l - Metaklett, a steel velcro-like substance created by Josef Mair at Technical University of Munich. One square metre supports up to 35 tons at temperatures up to 800 degrees Celsius.

http://bit.ly/1vdMuGP - Video about self-healing plastic inspired by blood clotting  (via ‏‪@theDTguy‬)

http://bit.ly/1sPjCIt - self stirring saucepan

http://mahabis.com/pages/the-slipper - An innovative and new style of slipper

http://goo.gl/dvl8mN - a whole room stored in a box, including a bed, wardrobe, seating & storage

Following on from last week’s focus on cool ways to carry your packed lunch, this week how about a new snack product to put in it? Oloves are a new product with flavoured olives in a handy snack pack. The website has details on the product as well as packed lunch suggestions www.oloves.com 

Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Take a look at these courses aimed at any D&T teacher. See the end of the newsletter for the full list of courses or visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 

New KS3 Curriculum - 15th October, Newcastle & 10th December, Birmingham

Maximising Progress in D&T Using Higher Level Thinking Skills - 19th November, Bristol


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Some Useful Textiles Links

It may be a short newsletter this week but hopefully these links will save you some time and be useful over the next few weeks:

http://goo.gl/3U0tPD - Some useful H&S information for the textiles industry

http://goo.gl/HMy0h5 - The secret history of 5 famous Hollywood film costumes including some fascinating insights into what inspired them, and how they were designed and made

http://bit.ly/1hvxmBx  - A great 2 minute video on 100 years of fashion 

http://goo.gl/Lx8SBf - 22 textiles related infographics which would make great posters for your classroom (via Sarah Lyons on the Textiles Teachers Centre Facebook group)

Course Updates: For Textiles Teachers

Take a look at these courses for textiles teachers taking place before Christmas. See the bottom of the newsletter for the full list or visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 

Outstanding Teaching & Learning in Textiles - 8th October, Nottingham

A Level Textiles - Focus on Unit 1 - 16th October, Newcastle & 20th November, Bristol

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills - 10th November, Nottingham

KS3 New Curriculum - Planning a Successful Textiles Course - 29th November, Nottingham

E-textiles: From the basics to more advanced techniques - 16th December, Nottingham


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Health & safety signs

Health and Safety in the workplace; what do the signs and symbols mean?

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Cool packed lunches, revision, new D&T & Cooking & Nutrition GCSE, & Remembrance Day ideas

New You Tube Channel

I have been busy this week setting up my new You Tube channel. This includes videos I have created myself as well as playlists of good clips to make resources easier to find. There are a small number of videos uploaded at the moment and more will be added as I get time. My own videos are mainly textiles based but the playlists cover different areas of D&T. 

To see my channel visit http://bit.ly/Z2hCiN or search for julieboydonline on You Tube. Subscribing to the channel means you will be updated when new clips are added. 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Rethinking The Traditional Packed Lunch

Take a look at this range of packed lunch products that rethinks the idea of a packed lunch and makes it much cooler. I am not mentioning the brand name as one of the words in the name will get all of the security settings on your school emails going crazy! You can however see the name in the photos. Not only are the products themselves clever in their design, but the brand name and marketing is very clever with strap lines such as ‘rubbinsh free lunch’. The products are for sale in a number of outlets including Sainsburys. The website is also worth a look at http://goo.gl/7VRoN8










Continuing the theme of cool products for packed lunches www.reusablebottle.co.uk has a range of collapsible drinks bottles. This folding bottle by Wham is another collapsible bottle that can be found in lots of shops at the moment. 

All of these products are great for focusing on how a traditional product has been revamped and cleverly marketed. They would provide a great starting point for pupils to think about what everyday products they might redesign to make them cooler and more appealing. 


New D&T and Cooking & Nutrition GCSE

A new D&T and Cooking & nutrition GCSE has been announced. The specifications are now up for consultation until 20th November. Find out more and how to have your say about the proposed GCSEs at http://goo.gl/q9sajl.  

Keep up to date with developments in Cooking and Nutrition at both KS3 and 4 by joining the Facebook groups http://on.fb.me/1rnHL6h  (open page so anyone can join by liking it) & http://bit.ly/1rvoOim  (a closed group where you request membership - keep an eye on your 'others' folder on your Facebook page for a reply telling you how to join). Both groups are led by Louise Davies and are really great. Also look at the website of the same name www.foodteacherscentre.co.uk 

Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Take a look at these courses aimed at any D&T teacher:

New KS3 Curriculum - 15th October, Newcastle & 10th December, Birmingham

Maximising Progress in D&T Using Higher Level Thinking Skills -19th November, Bristol


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Time To Start Revising Already?

We aren’t long into the new term so it seems far too early to be thinking about exam revision. Regular readers of the newsletter will know, however, that I am a big fan of ‘drip feed learning’ and ‘5 minute revision’ (visit http://goo.gl/U4urCl for more information). These are quick revision activities that are just a few minutes long but which are done on a regular basis over a long period of time. The idea is to develop a learning habit where revision becomes an every day activity rather than being something crammed into the week before an exam. 

One of the best ways to get students to engage in this type of learning is via Social Media. Lots of teachers are wary of this, and for good reason, and there are often restrictions in schools. It can, however, be a powerful learning tool that can engage students in D&T thinking every day.My own Twitter and Facebook accounts regularly have information suitable for students. Pinterest is also a useful platform as it allows learning through images, as well as providing a great place to catalogue learning. Newer developments for me are Instagram and Flickr where I am aiming to post at least one D&T photo a day including a new set of 5 minute activities called #ThinkDo. These two platforms are particularly targeted at students and learning. 

Whether or not you decide to use social media as part of your drip feed revision toolkit I definitely recommend you consider the drip feed idea generally as a way or raising achievement and encouraging student engagement. 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Last Chance To Book Your Place On The Textiles Teacher Event 2014

Just one more week to book your place on the Textiles Teacher Event on Saturday 4th October. It is a one day course at a fraction of the normal price at £35. There will be loads of freebies, prizes along with practical workshops that include E-textiles, STEM textiles, iPads, 3D printing, as well as with a small display of inspirational work from schools. For booking details visit http://goo.gl/YuJShO . There are only a few spaces left so book soon to avoid disappointment.


2 of the prizes to be won on the day at the Textiles Teacher Event





E-Textiles In Ikea

I love this Ikea rug with LED lights in it. It is a great example of how mainstream e-textiles is becoming. See it in action on my new You Tube channel http://bit.ly/1yrqHl1 . The rug is called Vantad, measures 75 x 160 cm and costs £35.


Remembrance Day

With remembrance Sunday just over a month away now might be a good time to start thinking about how pupils might get involved. Why not make poppies to sell and raise money for charity? Take a look at this project by Veronica Dixon from King’s School in Germany on my ‘Featured Schools’ page at http://goo.gl/XPX2u7 . Veronica’s poppies are made using felting but other techniques could be used. 

The National Museum of the Royal Navy also have a ’Sea of Poppies’ community project with poppies being knitted and made into an installation around local heritage sites near the musuem in Portsmouth. Find out more details and download a poppy knitting pattern at http://www.nmrn.org.uk/node/1174  


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Who is the target market for these products? What would you design?

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Courses & Events Updates

The Textiles Teacher Event - 4th Oct (Nottingham)

KS3 New Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (for all D&T teachers) - 15th Oct (Newcastle), 10th Dec (Birmingham)

KS3 New Curriculum: Planning a Successful Textiles Course (textiles only) - 29th Nov, (Nottingham)

A level Textiles - 29th Sept (Nottingham), 16th Oct (Newcastle), 20th Nov (Bristol)

Outstanding T&L in Textiles - 8th Oct (Nottingham)

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills - 10th Nov (Birmingham)

Maximising Progression in D&T Using Higher Level Thinking Skills - 19th Nov (Bristol)

E-Textiles: A Basic Introduction - 16th Dec (Nottingham)

Programmable E-Textiles Components for Textiles Teachers - 16th Jan (Nottingham)

STEM in Textiles - 7th Feb (Nottingham)

GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam - 9th March (Nottingham)

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Open evenings, food glorious food, dealing with conflict & sustainable textiles design

One Week Left To Enter My D&T Competition

It really is easy to enter my competition to win a copy of The Design Student’s Handbook. All you need to do is summarise your career path into being a D&T teacher. You can use any format you like e.g. poster, short movie and it doesn’t have to be long and detailed. You can also focus on your team or someone in your department rather than just on yourself. See an example entry and find out more details at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z  


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Open Evenings

With lots of open evenings coming up for many schools at this time of year it is a time when you might be looking for video clips to show to prospective pupils and parents. If you are looking for something for Graphics this series of short videos by the Design Council provides a good explanation of what Graphic Design, is and what Graphic Designers do http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/node/2936  

If you are looking for something a little more quirky try this video with the same theme http://bit.ly/1uJSU1g.  Although entitled ‘What is Graphic Design’ the video is actually relevant to design generally. 

If you are looking for ideas generally on putting on a good show for pupils and parents take a look at Sandbach School on the ‘Featured Schools’ page on my website. This page showcases a video of the work of years 9 -11 in the school's Spring exhibition (via Vicky Henshaw at Sandbach School). 

Why not take photos of any open evening work and have your own page on my ‘Featured Schools’ page? Email me any photos at julie@julieboyd.co.uk (note permission will be needed if photos have pupils in them) 

Food, Glorious Food

I have previously mentioned the Food Teachers Centre Facebook group which is an excellent forum set up by Louise Davies for sharing resources and ideas. With over 2000 members there is always someone that can answer your queries or help out with resources. There is also now a website of the same name http://foodteacherscentre.co.uk which is well worth a look with lots of information on up and coming events, links and resources, including some exciting ones coming up in October. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Conflict Resolution & Motivating Others

Last week I focused on the challenges facing new leaders as the new term begins. A signifcant challenge when new to any leadership role is how to handle people, and in particular, how to deal with conflict situations.  This article gives some useful tips on conflict resolution when working with others http://wp.me/p3Dxgw-arM (via @RogerFrancis1).

Along the same theme of working and dealing with others is this article with some tips on motivating people in the workplace http://goo.gl/UCuK7h . 

As well as being useful to new leaders these 2 articles are useful for anyone looking for tips for creating a positive working environment. Some tips are also very relevant for working with young people in the classroom. 

Keep Up To Date With Ofsted Changes

It’s a new term and yet again there are Ofsted changes. If you are finding it hard to keep up take a look at Peter Monfort’s website where you can find the most recent Ofsted handbook along with a useful document where he has annotated the original report to indicate the changes. http://wp.me/p3K3gW-2X  


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 The Textiles Teacher Event 2014

Saturday 4th October will be a day full of exciting textiles related things including E-textiles, STEM textiles, iPads, 3D printing, prizes, freebies, and a small display of work. There are still a few spaces left but book soon as this event has been popular. There will be lots of hands on practical work and lots of ideas to take back into your classroom. The event is heavily subsidised by the sponsors listed below and is a bargain for a day’s training at £35. The venue in Nottingham is a 15 minute walk away from the main line railway station (2 hour journey from London St. Pancras, under 2 hours from Manchester & just over an hour from Birmingham). The town centre is just round the corner from the venue which is a large sewing shop with lots of goodies to explore (with discount on anything you buy while attending the course). For booking details visit http://goo.gl/YuJShO 








Sustainable Design In Textiles

If you are looking for resources on sustainable design within textiles check out this great website called Textiles Environment Design (TED for short - note this is different from the TED website that does TED Talks). 

In particular check out ‘TED’s Ten’ which are 10 sustainable design strategies for textiles and fashion designers. The aim of creating TED’s Ten was to create a toolbox for designers to help them navigate the complex area of sustainability. 

http://www.tedresearch.net  - the main website link

http://www.tedresearch.net/teds-ten/  - 10 principles; click on each one to find out more

http://goo.gl/LDuP2a  -  resource worksheets 

The website is probably most suitable for A level students but it is also a good teacher resource and could be used to prompt discussion at all key stages, including perhaps getting students to come up with their own version of TED’s Ten based on the views of a class. 

If you are looking for a good book to support work you are doing in sustainable design in textiles take a look at ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ by Alison Gwilt. This is a brilliant book that is easy to read and one of my ‘must have’ books. As well as information it has suggested exercises, lots of pictures and references for further research. 


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Courses & Events Updates

The Textiles Teacher Event - 4th October. See the Textiles section for more information 

A Level Product Design Textiles - 29th Sept, Nottingham (other dates & venues available)

Also look out for courses in October on the new KS3 curriculum (for all D&T teachers), A level textiles, and Outstanding Teaching and Learning in Textiles

For more information on all courses visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK


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User centred design, new leaders & a focus on wool

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The Textiles Teacher Event

The Textiles Teacher Event on 4th October has just 10 spaces left (out of 40 spaces) so book soon to avoid disappointment. One of the competition prizes is a copy of my GCSE book published by Folens which retails at around £185!  


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

User Centred Design

With the KS3 curriculum in place there is now a greater focus on user centred design and the following might be useful resources to support your curriculum development in this area. 

http://www.mprove.de/script/00/upa/poster.html - Take a look at this free to download infographic that gives a good outline on user centred design in the real world. Much of the website is in German but the posters themselves are in English. 

http://www.spotless.co.uk/user-experience  - A company that helps businesses focus on user centred design.

For courses on the KS3 curriculum, both for all of D&T as well as a specific one for textiles teachers visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 

Food Design Inspired By Nature

Continuing on the KS3 curriculum theme I have mentioned lots of useful links on biomimicry in previous newsletters. Take a look at my blog index at http://goo.gl/IAqVZE and scroll down to the biomimicry section to see the newsletters where the links originally appeared. 

I haven’t, however, really mentioned much on biomimcry and food in the past. I have recently come across an Australian chef called Peter Gilmore who uses nature as his inspiration when designing menus and dishes for his restaurant ‘Quay’. Take a look at his food philosophy at http://www.quay.com.au/page/food_philosophy.html and watch various videos about how nature inspires him at http://www.quay.com.au/page/videos.html

Also visit http://goo.gl/BYM0vf for a video about a fish dish Gilmore designed after snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef (link via Louise Davies on Food Teachers Centre Facebook group)

Gilmore also has also written a book called  'Food Inspired by Nature’ and details about this can also be found on his website. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

New To Leadership?

If you have started a new leadership role this term you will be facing the responsibilities of your new role, along with the challenge of going from being a team member to a team leader, all at a time when there is lots happening in education. The following might help you reflect on your new role. 

These two articles have some useful tips for new leaders to reflect on no matter what their new role is http://bit.ly/10ICQPV & http://bit.ly/1lUl1u7

This fun quiz might also help you help you evaluate your change management http://goo.gl/eORr. It is something I have included in a previous newsletter but it is worth another mention and is a useful reflection tool. 

Something else I have included in previous newsletters is this video clip which is one of my favourite leadership videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO8MwBZl-Vc. It shows a man dancing alone at a music festival. He stands out as being different and a little odd. He is joined by a ‘first follower’; someone who is willing to follow someone else’s lead even when it makes them look a little silly. After the second follower joins in more and more people quickly join the group to the point where it is the people who are not joining in that are the odd ones out. The voice over on the video stresses the importance of the ‘first follower’ and other early followers, and how it is them that creates change rather than just the leader themselves. 

This video shows the importance of a leadership team as opposed to an individual, along with the importance of a leader valuing the input of first followers. As a new leader it might also remind you that part of being a leader is about the courage to have the conviction to dance alone whilst others get used to new ideas and ways of doing things. 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 A Focus On Wool

I have been busy this week preparing for my AQA A level Product Design Textiles course on 29th September. Part of the focus will be to look at how to make some of the theory content more engaging and below are some of the links I will be using in relation to fibres. Although I will be using them for an A level course some of the links and resources might also be good for use at KS3 and 4.

www.britishwoollearning.co.uk - This is a fabulous newly launched website by The British Wool Marketing Board. It is a cross-subject, teaching and learning resource aimed at deepening understanding of the British Wool Industry. Some resources are aimed at primary students but even these can be used as a starting point to develop your own resources. Both the science and art and design categories on the website have some great activities and resources. Also take a look at the numeracy and literacy sections; most of the resources in these sections are aimed at younger students but they are still worth a look. 

http://bit.ly/1lXX19D - video on spinning  (via Amber Reeson the Textile Teachers Centre Facebook group)

http://bit.ly/1uov9wB - video with some good explanations on S and Z twists, ply, texturing, Tex system, core yarns, fancy yarns (via Wellington School Textiles on Pinterest)

To find out more about the A level course on 29th September along with A level courses visit http://goo.gl/LPhyUj

Kaffe Fassett

Over the summer I was lucky enough to see Kaffe Fassett at the Festival of Quilts show where I had a stand. As a designer, he has an interesting background as he started out with no traditional textiles training. Hear him talk about his work, inspirations and current exhibition at http://vimeo.com/102243242

Kaffe currently has 2 exhibitions running; one at Aberdeen Art Gallery until 27th September so there is just enough time to catch it before it finishes http://goo.gl/gqCuIA as well as one at the American Museum in Bath which runs until November 2nd. If you can’t visit either exhibition take a look at his website http://www.kaffefassett.com for more information about his background. Kaffe’s work with colour and pattern would make a great starting point for inspiring students to design their own work, either as a homework or as part of a bigger project.


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Courses & Events Updates

Courses

The Textiles Teacher Event - 4th October. 

A Level Product Design Textiles - 29th Sept, Nottingham (other dates & venues available)

Also look out for courses in October on the new KS3 curriculum (for all D&T teachers), A level textiles, and Outstanding Teaching and Learning in Textiles

For more information on all courses visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK

You’ve Got To Be In It To Win It!

It really is easy to enter my competition to win a copy of The Design Student’s Handbook. All you need to do is summarise your career path into being a D&T teacher. You can use any format you like e.g. poster, short movie and it doesn’t have to be long and detailed. You can also focus on your team or someone in your department rather than just on yourself. 

See an example entry and find out more details at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z   


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Free women in engineering poster, seating plans, & the link between lions, suits & football

I hope everyone had a good summer break and that you are settling into the new term without too many hiccups. 

Over the holiday there have been a few changes to my website including some new resources, particularly for e-textiles, so take a look to see if there is anything that will help save you time over the next term.

As well as my Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts I have also now joined Instagram over the summer where I am aiming to post at least one D&T related photo a day. Those of you who are familiar with my ‘drip feed learning’ will recognise this as a great way to get students to think about D&T as a habit and a good way to revise even when exams aren’t on the horizon. Visit www.instagram.com/julieboydonline 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

There’s Still Time To Enter My Competition

Why  start the new term by celebrating your D&T team and at the same time stand a chance of winning a copy of The Design Student’s Handbook? 

Create a poster, short movie, or use any other format of your choice, to summarise the experience of one or more members of the D&T department. This is a great way of raising the profile of your team and showing off their experience. As well as being inspirational to students, parents & other staff, it will also be useful for display at Open Evenings you might have coming up this term. 

See an example entry and find out more details at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z 

Free Women In Engineering Poster

Continuing the theme of careers download this free poster celebrating women engineers http://goo.gl/qwdZ2i . Along with the competition entry mentioned above this will also make a great poster for any open evening or careers events you might have coming up this term (via @TheIET ‪@Tomorrows_Eng)


The Great British Make Off

If you are looking for a competition to enter this term take a look at the Great British Make Off. This is open to 11-14 year olds who work in teams or as individuals to design a cycling related product. The competition is relevant to all D&T materials areas. Winners get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a day working with a major UK designer or product developer to refine their design concept. Winning designs will also form part of a national exhibition run by the Design & Technology Association. Find out more about the competition at http://gbmakeoff.co.uk 


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

How Do You Organise Classroom Seating Arrangements?

There are lots of arguements for and against using teacher led seating plans. Ultimately this is down to personal preference and certainly for D&T, in particular, it can often be difficult to have one set seating plan because of the different types of activities that take place in a lesson, especially with the nature of practical work. When starting with a new group it is, however, important to learn the names of students quickly as this helps the teacher to be more in control, makes behaviour management easier and helps the teacher personalise the learning for individuals. Using a seating plan can be useful on these occasions even if this is just to record where students have chosen to sit if you prefer not to dictate the actual layout. It is usually easier to enforce a teacher directed seating plan when you meet a new group but they can be introduced at any time and are a useful tool if you feel some students disrupt others, if you want to get students to interact with others they would not normally work with or if you want to regain control of a group whose behaviour or work has deteriorated. 

The following resources on seating plans might be useful for anyone thinking of using one: 

http://goo.gl/mVY78c - the pros and cons of different table arrangements in the classroom

http://wp.me/P3GoGY-1db - similar information to the above link but the information is also presented as a short video

http://goo.gl/8lRZN9 - a Pinterest board with lots of posts on different classroom seating arrangements

http://goo.gl/PNu3 - A free seating plan tool that allows you to draw out your classroom adding in tables, windows, doors and any other key features


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Getting A Level Groups Off To A Good Start

This 5 min video is produced by Ryerson University in Toronto and it focuses on the transition from school to uni as a fashion student. Although it is aimed at degree students it may be of some use with A level students to help them understand the skills they need to develop over the next 2 years ready for uni (as well as the workplace). In particular the video makes reference to getting work in on time, backing up work done on the computer, buying the right supplies, collecting magazines, spending lots of time on campus working, getting to know your peers & collaborating. http://bit.ly/1xcmiSj (via @modeconnect @RyersonFashion)

Original Designs

‪Use this article ‪http://wp.me/p2GWFQ-1eJ to encourage your students to avoid just copying a design or logo that already exists. It features a design by Marks and Spencer that is remarkably similar to one by independent designer Tootsa MacGinty (via @Modeconnect @wigsandgowns). It might be a useful discussion point before starting the design work for a new project. 

The Lion, The Suit & Football

Get students interested in fashion and marketing, especially boys, with this marketing video from men’s fashion brand, Van Gils. They have teamed up with Kevin Richardson, known as the ‘lion whisperer’, as their brand ambassador. He is shown wearing Van Gils suits whilst playing and working with his trademark lions. The lion is the national symbol of the Netherlands and it is also endangered so this marketing plays on the heart strings with donations being made for every suit that is sold. Van Gils also have a contract to provide the clothing for the Dutch national football team, including at this year’s World Cup, and the link to football has been included in the marketing with Kevin Richardson being shown playing football with his lions in a Van Gils suit. 

http://www.vangils.eu/en/blog  - explanation of the ideas behind the marketing strategy

http://bit.ly/1Bc3p0q  - photo shoot of Kevin Richardson wearing a Van Gils suit whilst playing with lions

http://bit.ly/1r3dyVV  - 3 minute video showing Richardson wearing a Van Gils suit while playing with lions


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A bag design based on a hand grenade as seen in the Royal Artillery Museum - good or bad design?

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Courses & Events Updates

Courses coming up in the next month or so are:

KS3 Curriculum (all D&T teachers) - 18th Sept, London (other dates & venues available)

A Level Product Design Textiles - 29th Sept, Nottingham (other dates & venues available)

The Textiles Teacher Event - 4th October. Book soon as this is already getting booked up as it is a very cheap course (£35 compared to the usual £275). 

For information on other courses visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK. Don’t forget if a date, venue or course title doesn’t suit you it might be possible to add others into the calendar at no additional cost. Email at julie@julieboyd.co.uk 


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The final blog of the academic year

The Final Blog Of The Year

With the end of term finally in sight for everyone this will be the last blog for this academic year. Thanks to everyone over the year who has taken the time out to give me feedback on the blog. It takes a lot of time to do but it’s worth when teachers tells me how useful they find it.  

I hope everyone has a relaxing summer no matter what you have planned. Don’t forget there are lots of free resources & ideas on my main website that might save you time www.julieboyd.co.uk.  My blog website www.textilesholine.co.uk has all my blogs archived and also has an index where subject content has been catalogued. This might help you if you are looking for a particular resource but can’t remember which blog it was in. 

Over the summer I am hoping to develop my website further along with producing some new resources. I will also be preparing for my Textiles Teacher Event taking place on Saturday October 4th. Find out more at http://goo.gl/YuJShO 

Bookings for all of my courses can still be made over the holiday and I am happy to deal with any enquiries about future courses. You are also welcome to email me with any queries over the summer at julie@julieboyd.co.uk.

During the holiday I will be continuing to update my Twitter (@julieboydonline), Facebook (julieboydonline) and Pinterest accounts (textileshotline). Keep an eye on those for up to date D&T news over the holiday.


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Why Not Enter My Competition Over The Holiday?

Why not take a bit of time out during the holiday to enter my competition for all D&T teachers? There are several copies of the Design Student’s Handbook to be won. Entry is easy, all you have to do is outline your career move into being a D&T teacher. You can use any format and it doesn’t matter whether you went into teaching straight from uni or if you have industrial experience as I am looking for a variety of entries from different types of teachers. The aim is to inspire others to join the profession and to show the different routes that can be taken. See an example entry (along with some bad haircuts!) at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z    

Want Your School On My ‘Featured Schools’ Page?

Have you seen the 'Featured Schools' pages on my website? There is one for D&T Textiles (http://goo.gl/74WS0J) and one for D&T as a whole (http://goo.gl/9LJOzm) although the last one is currently empty. If you have any high quality work that might be suitable for including on the website let me know. Take a look at http://goo.gl/xp0l7G to find out how to get your work featured.

The Great British Make Off

Get the new term off to a good start by entering pupils into the Great British Make Off competition. This is open to 11-14 year olds who work in teams or as individuals to design a cycling related product. The competition is relevant to all D&T materials areas. Winners get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a day working with a major UK designer or product developer to refine their design concept. Winning designs will also form part of a national exhibition run by the Design & Technology Association. Find out more about the competition at http://gbmakeoff.co.uk 


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Support For NQTs & Their Mentors

Whether you are an NQT getting ready for your first post in September, an NQT reaching the end of your first year in the classroom, or someone who mentors NQTs take a look at this article which has lots of great tips and advice for NQTs http://goo.gl/YBFO3c 

For further support for NQTs and their mentors take a look at:

www.suecowley.co.uk/100-nqt-tips.html - Sue Cowley’s 100 tips for NQTs 

http://newteachers.tes.co.uk - the NQT area on the TES 

http://gu.com/p/3thjg - tips from NQTs and mentors

http://goo.gl/8VCZRj - advice for NQT mentors


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 Visit My Demonstration Stand At The Festival Of Quilts

Come & see me on a demonstration stand at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC on 7th August from 11.00am to 1.00pm. I am not sure exactly what I will be demonstrating yet but it is likely to include some e-textiles. For more details on the show visit http://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk . Please note I am only at the show for this 2 hour slot. 

Competition For London Schools

If you are a London based school take a look at the Concept to Catwalk competition at http://goo.gl/rDW35x . Pupils are required to submit moodboards to show the designs for a collection of clothing that reflects 21st Century lifestyles and technology led innovation drawing inspiration from the textiles heritage of the capital. The prize includes work being showcased at Central St. Martins & mentoring by MA students at the university. 


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Days out over the summer, assessment (again!), & the winners of the Young Fashion Designer UK competition

Have you entered my competition for all D&T teachers yet? 

There are several copies of the Design Student’s Handbook to be won. Entry is easy, all you have to do is outline your career move into being a D&T teacher. You can use any format and it doesn’t matter whether you went into teaching straight from uni or if you have industrial experience as I am looking for a variety of entries from different types of teachers. The aim is to inspire others to join the profession and to show the different routes that can be taken. See an example entry (along with some bad haircuts!) at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z   


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

D&T Inspired Days Out For The Summer Holiday

I know many schools break up this week so, for those of you this applies to, I hope your summer break gets off to a great start. For those of you still with another week or so to go, at least there is not too long left!

If you are planning any family days out over the holiday why not try out some of these D&T based suggestions:

www.at-bristol.org.uk  - Bristol Science Centre which also includes an exhibition on Food starting on 23rd July

www.artsandcraftsmuseum.org.uk - Museum on the Arts and Crafts Movement based in Cheltenham

www.thelighthouse.co.uk  - Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and Design who have a range of exhibitions over the summer including one on the Commonwealth Games

www.cat.org.uk  - The Centre for Alternative Technology based in Wales focusing on all things green. 

http://goo.gl/zOKXyH - The Hat Works Museum in Stockport for all things hats and millinery

www.thinktank.ac  - Birmingham Science Museum focusing on all things science and technology

www.visittextilescotland.com - website summarising the different places to visit in Scotland to do with textiles

More Unusual Days Out!

If you are looking for visits that are a little more out of the ordinary try:

www.lawnmowerworld.co.uk  - museum on lawnmowers in Southport (including the fact that the inventor of the lawnmover originally designed it to trim the nap on the surface of fabric!)

www.pencilmuseum.co.uk   - The Pencil Museum in Cumbria

www.museumofbrands.com   - take a trip down memory lane looking at posters & packaging from famous brands from history (London)

www.mustardshopnorwich.co.uk  - Coleman’s Mustard Museum in Norwich

http://goo.gl/PUHCMV  - The London Sewing Machine Museum (open on a limited number of Saturday afternoons in a textiles shop in Wimbledon)

www.leeds-castle.com   - an exhibition about dog collars at Leeds Castle

For other ideas on D&T inspired places to visit over the summer visit http://goo.gl/GMcLzJ  (note this is my blog website rather than my main one)

Check all venues before travelling. I have not visited them all so I can’t guarantee their quality!


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Assessment

Over the last few weeks I have included a number of links to information about assessment and the removal of levels. All of these links can be found at http://goo.gl/oWCWTa. Added to the list this week is a blog from @headguruteacher called The Assessment Uncertainty Principle about assessment generally (to see it on the original website visit http://wp.me/p2qGQb-XR). It is an interesting read and useful if you are still not convinced that the removal of levels is a good thing (via @AndyMitchell14). 

Many teachers are still confused about what replaces levels, particularly as many schools have made a whole school decision to stick with them despite recommendations from the National Association of Headteachers that schools should avoid doing this (see the NAHT document on the above link). If you need ideas on what your department might use to replace levels, along with support for the new content in the KS3 curriculum there are a number of courses running in the new academic year in venues in London (18th Sept), Birmingham (10th December), Newcastle (15th Oct). These are all aimed at all D&T teachers from any materials area. If you are looking for a similar course but targeted only at textiles there is one on 29th Nov. For more information visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK  

Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Young Fashion Designer UK Competition

Some time ago I included links to the Young Fashion Designer UK competition. The winners of the competition have now been announced and you can read more about the Midlands event and see some of the winners on my website at http://goo.gl/Jmdq0X. You can also visit thecompetition website www.youngfashiondesigneruk.com and see more details on the competition including the London winners, a gallery of images and more about the competition. Definitely something to keep an eye on and to encourage your students to enter next year.













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Courses & Events Updates

Book your place on The Textiles Event before 22nd July & get a free  resource. The cost is just £35 for the day & there will be lots to see & do as well as lots of freebies. Find out more at http://goo.gl/YuJShO 


Take a look at the course calendar for the new academic year. Courses include: 

KS3 curriculum 

A level Textiles

E- textiles 

Back to Basics (essential practical skills for teaching textiles) 

Find out about these and other courses at http://goo.gl/hcaSxK  


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Girls & STEM, life after levels, & knit a year

 

Have you seen my competition for all D&T teachers yet? There are several copies of the Design Student’s Handbook to be won. See an example of what an entry might look like and find out more on how to enter at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z    

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Girl Power!

I came across this STEM website this week which I love http://www.techgirlsmovement.org (via @mindsets_uk @GroovyLabInABox @TGAsuperheroes). It is an Australian site that aims to raise awareness of STEM careers for girls. As part of their work they have developed a range of reading books for girls with ’Tech Girls’ as superheroes. The focus of the site and the books is mainly IT although there is lots that is relevant to D&T. Maybe we should create some D&T superheroes of our own! 

Something Silly For The End Of Term

Looking for something fun for the end of term? Take a look at these products that have been deliberately designed to be user unfriendly http://twentytwowords.com/?p=105214 (via Sarah Tapp on the Product Design Surgery Facebook group). There are a range of products, many of which are amusing and all of which are a great way of getting students to think about designing and about how users use products. As well as being a fun end of term activity this is a great resource to use with the new KS3 curriculum. The accompanying Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/theuncomfortable is also worth a look for other product ideas. These ideas are similar to a previous website I have mentioned in my newsletter showing the work of Jacques Carelman and that site is also worth a visit http://impossibleobjects.com/catalogue.html 


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Life After Levels

Probably the most popular question I am asked at the moment on my courses is about what will replace levels, quickly followed by the question ‘what will Ofsted be looking for’!

Take a look at this National Association of Headteachers document on assessment to get an idea of what the NAHT is recommending to head teachers http://goo.gl/j0ebew. It is a long document but the first 10 or so pages give a good overview that will help Heads of Departments in particular. In most schools it will be the Senior leadership that decides what will happen after levels and this document might help you understand some of the decisions being made. 

Ofsted have also released a document this week outlining what they are looking for now that levels no longer exist (although to be honest even this is still a bit vague!) http://goo.gl/wV1niS. One reassuring statement the Ofsted document makes is that schools aren’t expected to get things perfect immediately and it is acknowledged it will take time for best practices to establish themselves. 

There are a number of schools who have received funding to investigate assessment without levels systems and Hiltingbury Junior School are one of those. They have developed a system of learning ladders that are used by both students and teachers to monitor progression. Although they are primary rather than secondary the idea is something that could be adapted for use at secondary level. There is a video on the approach school is taking; it is quite long but gives a good explanation of the school’s approach. You can also download the basic ladders and supporting information for free to help you reflect on what system you might use in your department http://www.learningladders.info/ 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Knit A Year

Knit a Year is a community art project by artist Beth Barlow which originally started in 2010. It’s aim was for individuals to do 2 rows of knitting a day in a colour and yarn that reflects your mood with work coming together to create a community art exhibition. Find out more about the artist at http://bethbarlow.com. This is a great idea to develop with a class as a team building project, either as a group or individual project, especially with the start of the new year. It is a great opportunity to learn about knitting, fibres, yarns, and properties and recycled and unusual materials could be used along with traditional knitting yarns. 

Modelling In Miniature

Take a look at this short video clip showing the making of a Dior dress in miniature  http://youtu.be/RuzTK1Nr05I. This is good inspiration for prototyping in miniature, which is a great end of term task or something to build into your courses for next year. Students could cut out card figures to dress or use the wooden artists dolls, or even use a jewellery stand in the shape of a tailor’s dummy.


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Courses & Events Updates

Have you booked your place on the Textiles Teacher Event yet? 

Anyone booking before 22nd July gets a free resource. The cost is £35 for the day & there will be lots to see & do as well as lots of freebies. Find out more at http://goo.gl/YuJShO

Take a look at the course calendar for the new academic year. 

There are a variety of courses including ones for the new KS3 curriculum targeted at both D&T as a whole as well as one specifically for textiles. I have had a lot of requests for a course on maximising progress in D&T using higher level thinking skills and this is a new course I have introduced for the new academic year. As well as the generic D&T courses there are the usual textiles ones including A level Textiles, e-textiles courses, ‘back to basics’ (a course on essential practical skills for teaching textiles) & many more.   For more information on new courses visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 


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STEM competition, learning objectives, & Superhero capes

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Year 12 STEM Competition

The Armourers and Brasiers Tata Sixth Form Materials Prize is a new competition supported by IOM3 designed to support schools in encouraging students develop an interest in STEM careers. The competition is open to year 12 students who are studying at least one STEM subject. It consists of 6 modules made up of 3 short activities each. The activities are designed to last about an hour and full support materials to guide students are provided. Students produce a portfolio of evidence and there is scope to do additional work if students develop an interest in the project. There are some great prizes for both winning students as well as the schools. 

This year’s competition closes on 4th July but you can still register to enter the competition for 2014-2015. This requires you to complete a short form and the actual work for the competition is then done over the next year. For more details visit http://goo.gl/Kft5pk 

STEM Resources From Audi

Continuing with the STEM theme The Audi Design Foundation have brilliant resources on their website and it is well worth a look. Resources include challenges for all materials areas in D&T, worksheets, as well as some great STEM careers information (via Anne Lenton‎ in theTextiles Surgery Facebook group). Visit http://goo.gl/2L6q3Q 

Nominate A Colleague for a Nutrition Science Communication Award

Why not nominate a colleague for a Nutrition Science Communication Award? There are 3 £500 Awards for primary, middle, special or secondary school teachers who demonstrate putting accurate nutrition science into practice in the classroom. Teachers must be nominated by their peers or employer. 

As well as attending the BNF Annual Day, the recipient will receive a prize worth £500 towards their career development (comprising professional subject association registration for one year, two years subscription to the Nutrition Bulletin and a £250 contribution towards professional development, e.g. books, training, events.) 

To find out more about how to nominate a colleague visit http://goo.gl/L0D05m  (Closing date: 29 August 2014). Via Louise Davies Food Teachers Centre Facebook group.


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

How Do You Start Your Lessons?

See how one teacher managed to think of over 40 different ways of starting his lesson and introducing his learning objectives to his classes!  He writes about the ideas he used and evaluates their effectiveness. This is good if you always do the same thing to start your lesson and are looking for new ideas. http://wp.me/p3KEoH-8u  

How Do You Write Your Learning Objectives?

I am a big fan of using Bloom’s Taxonomy for writing learning objectives and this resource from Blackfriary on the TES gives a good summary about how you might do this http://goo.gl/Knx4Ln. If, like me, you are interested in how Bloom’s and other higher level thinking techniques can help develop learning take a look at the ‘Higher Level Thinking’ page on my website (http://goo.gl/9y7jV2) for more links. You can also download a checklist teachers can use when doing peer observations to prompt discussion and reflection http://goo.gl/TrsrSK (Peer Coaching AFL Objectives)


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 Supporting Children Around The World

Many of you will already be aware of the ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’ charity project which aims to encourage people around the world to make simple pillow case dresses that are sent to girls living in poverty in the developing world. The project aims for ‘every girl to own at least one pretty dress’. I know lots of schools currently use this as a school project and you can find more out about it at http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com and via the website of the UK representative of the project http://sewscrumptious.blogspot.co.uk 

The Dress a Girl project is a great potential textiles module although the limitations are that the main focus is on creating dresses for girls. There is a pattern for shorts for boys on the website but the main target for the project is girls. A similar project, but one that is more inclusive to any boys you teach, is the ‘I am Super Capes’ project. This project has the vision of empowering children in challenging situations and like the Dress a Girl project all patterns are provided and recycled materials can be used. For more information visit http://www.iamsupercapes.co.uk 


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Courses & Events Updates

There are now just 2 courses left before the end of term (A level Textiles in Nottingham & KS3 Textiles in Bristol) but the dates for all my new courses from September are now all on my website. At this stage there is still flexibility for me to add in additional dates and venues around the country so if you can’t make a particular date or venue email me about dates and venues that suit you julie@julieboyd.co.uk .   

For more information on the new courses visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 

Have you booked your place on the Textiles Teacher Event yet? Anyone booking before 22nd July gets a free resource. The cost is £35 for the day & there will be lots to see & do as well as lots of freebies. Find out more at http://goo.gl/YuJShO

Have you seen my competition for all D&T teachers? There are several copies of the Design Student’s Handbook to be won. See an example of what an entry might look like and find out more on how to enter at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z  



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D&T Week, World Cup fever, users & design contexts

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Are You Doing Anything For D&T Week Next Week? (23rd - 27th June)

Why not get some of your students to write a few words about why they love D&T & then display their messages. There is a big trend for tweeting photos of handwritten messages being held up so take some photos and put them around the school as well as on your school and department Facebook / Twitter accounts if you have them.F

Continuing with the photo theme, take inspiration from this Flickr image http://goo.gl/A2B5bg  and use photos of your students working displayed to create the letters 'D&T’. o

As part of the week your department could also highlight to your students your own D&T backgrounds and interests. Why not use the information to put together an entry into my current competition to win a copy of the Design Student’s Handbook. Take a look at my example (with several embarrassing haircuts!) at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z   &L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

World Cup Fever

Why not use the World Cup as a focus for D&T Week? Here are some great examples of D&T in the World Cup. 

http://goo.gl/BrEaa2  - A brief history of every official World Cup football since 1930

http://goo.gl/4P7ZM8  - World Cup logos since 1930 (via @DTcanonlee @DT_Hallmead)

http://goo.gl/8rioHx  - World Cup kit designs for 2014. Take a look at the rest of the site as it has some great historical information on World Cup kits from the past. 

http://fifa.to/1lJ2X3J - the design of the World Cup trophy


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Ofsted Pilot No Grade Observations

You may have heard that Ofsted are piloting observing teachers without giving a grade. At the moment this is only in some parts of the country and the impact will be reviewed before any decision is made for it to be implemented elsewhere. Take a look at this information from Michael Cladingbowl from Ofsted about why this is being considered http://goo.gl/XnKC0W 

http://goo.gl/e1DwMu - This is a blog post by Mary Myatt from November but the advice on Ofsted observations is still relevant whether lessons are graded or not. (via Sarah Middleton’s Food Technology Teachers Network Facebook group)


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 A Focus On Users & Design Contexts

With the KS3 curriculum’s emphasis on the importance of users, their needs and design contexts these links are of particular interest. 

http://goo.gl/WWHqpH - a fashion design range designed for people in wheelchairs

http://goo.gl/Ll9WvQ - an English designer who has launched a clerical fashion line for stylish ministers  

http://www.lasso-shoes.com - who might be the user for this flat packed pair of slippers? Hear the designers talk about the slippers and the user they are designed for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWMHlZ28b_M

An article on the popularity of ‘canine couture’ and a company who design a variety of products. This raises the interesting question of who the user is and who the designer is designing for, the dog or the owner! http://goo.gl/7x810t . For more products for pets visit http://goo.gl/jGOsMY 


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Courses & Events Updates

Are you looking for training in your school over the summer holiday or for September Inset days? Book now to avoid disappointment.

Limited offer on the A level Product Design Textiles course in London on Sat 28th June, and the KS3 Textiles course on Thurs 3rd July in Bristol - book either course on and get a 'Manufacture It!' resource for free. See website for details and for the discount code to use when booking http://goo.gl/3svADF 

For more information on these and other courses visit http://goo.gl/3svADF 

Have you booked your place on the Textiles Teacher Event yet?Anyone booking before 22nd July gets a free resource. The cost is £35 for the day & there will be lots to see & do as well as lots of freebies. Find out more at http://goo.gl/YuJShO

Have  you seen my competition for all D&T teachers? There are several copies of the Design Student’s Handbook to be won. See an example of what an entry might look like and find out more on how to enter at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z  


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Planning for D&T Week, tutor time activities, & fashion design app for the iPad

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

GCSE & A Level Reform

Following on from the information in last week’s newsletter about the GCSE & A level review document, Louise Davies from D&TA, has released this guidance about Home Economics etc. It can be viewed on the Food Teachers Centre Facebook group but if you are not a member of this group (it is well worth you joining if you are a Food teacher) I have also put it on my website, along links to the consultation document itself. I don’t think D&TA have released any guidance yet on other qualifications that are under threat but I will keep you posted. 

D&T Week 23rd - 27th June 

Are you looking for something to raise the profile of D&T during D&T week, but not got much time to plan anything? Here are ideas for quick things you can do:

http://goo.gl/44wD7x - Display these great engineering quotes (via ‪@DTcanonlee‬ @WonderfulEngr). See other design quotes on my Pinterest page http://goo.gl/voa5H4

http://goo.gl/LjerBr - Do this fun quiz to find out which type of engineer you are (via ‪@Tomorrows_Eng ‪@AtkinsGraduates)

http://goo.gl/KaJSe9 - visit your local Lakeland and showcase some of these gadgets that you never knew you needed (via Jan Donoghue on the Product Design Surgery Facebook group)


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Tutor Time Activities

http://themindunleashed.org/?p=3433  - There are some inspirational messages and good discussion points in this short clip via ‏‪@FernwoodDT. The clip is‬ about not just focusing on money when planning your future but on the doing the things you are passionate about. A great clip for tutor time.

http://goo.gl/tOL6Ba  - This list of flipped phrases could also be used with the video clip to help students think about how they can have a positive approach to achieving their goals. These phrases also follow on well from the ‘Dealing with negative people’ section of last week’s newsletter (via @fullonlearning @robfmac)


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 Planning A Trip?

Are you looking for a trip for the last few weeks of term?

Martina Botros highly recommends the Jean Paul Gaultier one at the Barbican (until 25th August). Find out more and hear him introduce the exhibition at this link http://goo.gl/PnczM0 

The Fashion & Textiles museum has a new exhibition focusing on Mexican rebozos (shawls) and the role of textiles in promoting Mexican culture (until 31st August)

Visit my blog index page for exhibitions & trips to see other events

Fashion Design App For The iPad

http://pretatemplate.com - Great free fashion design app for the iPad. It is fairly intuitive (although there are a number of spelling mistakes). As well as the free app there are also additional apps available for different figure templates (via Jutka Czirok‎ on the Textile Teachers Centre Facebook group). 


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Courses & Events Updates

Course Updates

Are you looking for training in your school over the summer holiday or for September Inset days? Book now to avoid disappointment.

Looking for a course to help plan KS3 Textiles for next year? Look at the course in Bristol on July 3rd http://goo.gl/3svADF

Looking for support for A level Product Design: Textiles? Courses in London on 28th June or Nottingham on 7th July (note these courses are different but have some similar content) http://goo.gl/3svADF

For more information on these and other courses visit http://goo.gl/3svADF

Limited funding for courses? Take a look at The Textiles Event running on Saturday 4th October. This is a full day event with lots to see and do but at a greatly reduced price of £35. Book soon as places will be limited. Anyone that books before 22nd July will get a free resource (including anyone who has already booked) Find out more at http://goo.gl/YuJShO 

Competition For Teachers

Have you seen my competition for all D&T teachers? There are several copies of the Design Student’s Handbook to be won. See an example of what an entry might look like and find out more on how to enter at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z 



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GCSE & A Level reforms, dealing with negative people, & textiles inspiration

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

GCSE & A Level Reform

You may have seen articles in the press over the last week about the Ofqual consultation on the changes to GCSE & A levels, with the potential loss of a number of subjects including Home Economics, Catering, Engineering, and Electronics. You can read a TES summary of the potential changes at http://goo.gl/89bVFx. The full consultation document can be found at http://ofqual.gov.uk/news/gcse-level-reform-consultation/

It doesn’t matter whether you agree or disagree with the potential changes. As a D&T community it is important we aren’t complacent assuming that someone else will put our views forward. Everything is still at the consultation stage and this means everyone has the ability to play a part in the consultation process and it is still possible to influence things. If you don’t agree with the potential changes don’t just moan about it; fill the form in and have your say! If you think the changes are good, indicating this will help ensure key points are considered as part of the review to ensure the right decisions are made. 

Everyone can take part in the consultation via an online questionnaire, links for which can be found in the consultation document above. We have until the end of July to do this so there is plenty of time to consider a response and to get others to respond as well. The D&T Association are aiming to provide guidance on what you might write if you feel unsure how best to word your response. Louise Davies will also be putting together an example response for Food / Home Economics which she will include on the Food Teacher’s Centre Facebook group. I will try and give details of this information in future newsletters. 

Our voice does count so whatever your opinion it is important to get it heard; support from the D&T community for changes to be made to the original draft KS1-3 curriculum made a huge difference so it is worth the effort. It also gives those who are involved at the sharp end the support they need to fight our corner. 

Free Lecture By Ellen MacArthur

T ake a look at this free lecture being given by Ellen MacArthur at Cranfield University on June 26th on the circular economy.  It is free to attend. Tickets are likely to go quickly so don’t leave it too long to register! Find out more at http://goo.gl/iiMRur (via Colin Webster’s Circular Economy in Education group http://goo.gl/FHGvcp)

Time For Your 15 Minutes Of Fame?

Continuing on the circular economy & Ellen MacArthur Foundation theme, if you have used any of the Foundation’s resources from the website, particularly System Reset, Made to be Made Again and the Future of Energy, they are keen to hear from you. They are looking for educators to do a short piece to camera about how they have used the resources. The videos will be used to introduce the resources to a wider audience. All you need is a video camera and the time to create a 30 second clip. For more information email colin.webster@ellenmacarthurfoundation.org (via Colin Webster’s Circular Economy in Education group http://goo.gl/zw81Yw


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Dealing With Negative People

With the constant change that we seem to face in education it can be easy to focus on the negatives. There is nothing wrong with a good moan, but there is a difference between a healthy letting off of steam and someone who saps themselves, and others, of positivity and energy. For many of us in D&T this week’s GCSE and A level consultation document gives us lots to moan about! Once we have had a good moan it is important, however, to channel this energy in a positive way rather than letting it beat us. Within teams it is easy for negativity to quickly become the norm overtaking even those who have the most positive outlook. In these challenging times it is important to be able to recognise this in ourselves and to be able to deal with it in others.

This short clip is a humorous look at how we quickly conform and follow the behaviour of others even if it goes against what we would normally do or what seems logical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuvGh_n3I_M. It is a great reminder about how quickly and easily negativity can become the norm without us realising it. This is particularly important if you are in a leadership role where others look to you for direction, motivation & purpose. 

For tips on how to deal with negative co-workers visit http://goo.gl/ppXTI4 and http://goo.gl/tzxUQ5 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Get Inspired!

After all the hard work with controlled assessment and revision here are some links to get you inspired again: 

http://goo.gl/XDv3K8 - I love this Instructables tutorial on how to make a diy cat tent from a t.shirt

http://wp.me/p22K2I-1FN8 - interesting interview with a wearables designer Anouk Wipprecht

http://kck.st/Qs3aM5 - Raglite, an ingenious flexible lighting system

http://goo.gl/UJqs3T - embroidered wallpaper


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Courses & Events Updates

Course Updates

Looking for CPD to help you plan courses for next year? 

3D Printing for the Terrified - for any D&T specialist, various dates across the country

E-textiles - various dates in June & July across the country 

KS3 Textiles - 9th June plus various other dates in June & July across the country

STEM in Textiles - 21st June in Nottingham

A level Product Design Textiles - 2 different courses are available in June & July across the country

For more information on these and other courses visit http://goo.gl/3svADF


Limited funding for courses? Take a look at The Textiles Event running on Saturday 4th October. This is a full day event with lots to see and do but at a greatly reduced price of £35. Book soon as places will be limited. Find out more at http://goo.gl/YuJShO 


Competition For Teachers

Have you seen my competition for all D&T teachers? There are several copies of the Design Student’s Handbook to be won. See an example of what an entry might look like and find out more on how to enter at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z



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Biomimicry, Food resources & future fashion

Course Updates

Book soon for summer term courses as some dates are already no longer available: 

3D Printing for the Terrified - for any D&T specialist

E-textiles 

KS3 Textiles 

STEM in Textiles - 21st June 

A level Product Design Textiles - 2 different courses 

For more information on these and other courses visit http://goo.gl/3svADF 

Limited funding for courses? Take a look at The Textiles Event running on Saturday 4th October. This is a full day event with lots to see and do but at a greatly reduced price of £35. Find out more at http://goo.gl/YuJShO 

Competition For Teachers

Have you seen my competition for all D&T teachers? There are several copies of the Design Student’s Handbook to be won. Find out more at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

School Food Champions

The D&T Association are looking for food teachers who are passionate about teaching cooking and nutrition for their School Food Champion Programme. This is an exciting programme that aims to create over a 1000 Food Champions in a national programme that aims to raise awareness of good nutrition and health at whole school level. For more information visit http://goo.gl/Fw6Nec 

Cooking & Nutrition Resources For The New Curriculum 

Continuing with the Food Tech theme if you are looking for Food Tech resources relevant to the new curriculum take a look at http://goo.gl/Yn8fID. The rest of the website is also well worth a look for a wide range of other resources for a range of age groups. 

Biomimicry Resources For The New Curriculum 

Biomimicry is a key part of the new curriculum & these resources might give you a starting point for some ideas:

http://goo.gl/X0InSJ - Ted Talk by Ross Lovegrove focusing on his organic designs that are inspired by nature. The video is quite long at 20 minutes but his passion for organic design is very inspirational (via @JonMartlewCPD ‏‪@BrynTech‬). You might want to watch it first because of some of his language! 

http://goo.gl/VDUK1m -free handling pack of resources by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, including biomimicry & other Circular Economy resources. There are only a limited number of these packs so make sure you visit the website soon! 

http://goo.gl/vaeqJS - schemes of work & lesson resources by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on biomimicry

http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=pIvAl4lu1uA - Making biopolymers from milk and vinegar

For other biomimicry ideas take a look at my Pinterest board at http://goo.gl/DYSbs8   

Don’t forget if you are a textiles teacher I am running a number of courses in different venues on how to develop your KS3 textiles curriculum. For more details visit http://goo.gl/3svADF  


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

No Levels For The New Curriculum

In this 13 minute video Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment, Research & Development at Cambridge Assessment, and the Chair of the Expert Panel that informed the review of the national curriculum, explains the reasons behind the removal of levels. The video is a bit repetitive (and I was fascinated by the fact he hardly moves throughout the whole video!), but it is a useful insight into this important change. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q5vrBXFpm0&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 Future Fashion

This video is long at 45 minutes, but it is a really interesting look at how garments & fabrics might be produced in the future, & the impact changes in technology will have. It includes wearables, 3D printing, sustainability, bioculture & biomimicry, waterless fabric dyeing, designing for repair rather than disposal & other circular economy related areas. It is particularly good to help students considering designing as a career to see how the future of fashion is much more than about designing pretty dresses and how important STEM is to textiles. http://goo.gl/hO5KUf  

Places To Visit Over Half Term

Looking for somewhere textiles based to visit over half term? 

http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2013/paul-smith - Paul Smith exhibition at the Design Museum

http://www.vam.ac.uk - exhibitions at the V&A include Wedding Dresses from 1775 - 2014 and The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

http://goo.gl/LsCevF - Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Lancashire (note opening hours are limited)

http://americanmuseum.org/?p=3013 - Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the American Museum in Bath

For other ideas on places to visit take a look at http://goo.gl/GMcLzJ


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Creative packaging, tips & resources for group work, & textiles & the environment

Course & Event Updates

Book soon for courses coming up during the summer term as some dates are now full.

3D Printing for the Terrified - for any D&T specialist, various dates across the country

E-textiles - 2nd June plus various other dates in June & July across the country 

KS3 Textiles - 9th June plus various other dates in June & July across the country

STEM in Textiles - 21st June 

A level Product Design Textiles - 2 different courses are available in June & July across the country

For more information on these and other courses visit http://goo.gl/3svADF 


Have you seen my competition for teachers? There are several copies of the Design Student’s Handbook to be won. Find out more at http://goo.gl/vd7r5z 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Creative Packaging

http://www.boredpanda.com/creative-shopping-bag-designs/ - 30 shopping bag designs that are both fun and creative (via @cranny44 @boredpanda) 

http://goo.gl/GZppSJ - Edible takeaway boxes

http://goo.gl/DSXhkp - packaging that turns into something else rather than being thrown a way

Useful Links 

http://periodic-table-of-design.com - Download this periodic table of design resource that organises design into categories. This could be a good resource to develop into a display (via @MrPriceDT ‏‪@REVIZTO‬).

http://goo.gl/nErVmX - high school students who designed a 3D printed cap insert for ketchup bottles to prevent the watery mess you get on the first squeeze of bottle. This is a good example of designing and making for real problems!


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Top Tips: Group Work

Group work is a useful teaching and learning tool but it can be a daunting thing to try, especially with a more challenging group. The benefits can, however, be huge so it is well worth moving out of your comfort zone and giving it a go. Here are some tips and resources that might help you: 

1  Set clear ground rules including on how the group will operate, how decisions are made etc.

2  Give students clearly defined tasks with appropriate support and teacher intervention where needed

3  Be flexible; if things don’t quite work as you planned be prepared to think on your feet and make necessary changes (and always have a back up plan just in case!)

4  Give focused times for activities with countdowns

5  Ensure the group has to feedback to the rest of the group or to the teacher in order to ensure engagement and accountability

6  Have clearly defined responsibility roles for each team member. The resources listed below are sets of responsibility role cards that can be used when working with teams

http://www.tes.co.uk/ResourceDetail.aspx?storyCode=6189069   

http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Group-work-role-cards-6047778/    

http://goo.gl/rDi20C   

If you want to find out more about group work take a look at Mike Gershon’s great resource on group work at http://goo.gl/LgZJrv . You will have to log in to the TES to access these resources but registering is free. 

Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 Textiles & The Environment

These resources on textiles and the environment are ideal for some last minute revision or as a discussion prompt for students in other year groups when starting a project. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s5w5JOFIIw - A great short video on sustainability and fashion (via Michelle Hampson on Textiles Surgery Facebook group) 

If students are looking for eco friendly fabrics to use as part of their projects try http://www.offsetwarehouse.com. They have a wide range of fabrics for both fashion and interiors and also sell fabric swatches and sample books. Some fabrics are expensive but there are also some that are reasonably priced included a ‘Bargain Basement’ section. The resources section also has some useful free resources on issues relating to fashion and the environment. 

http://www.tedresearch.net/online-resources/resource-sheets/ - these resources on issues linked to the environment are good for A level as they give a summary of issues as well as links for further reading. (via KT O’rton via Textiles Surgery Facebook group)

http://goo.gl/hKHCgH - Free app for the iPhone and iPad called ‘Making’ that enables designers to make informed choices on materials and their environmental impact. 


Young Fashion Designer UK Competition Deadline Next Week!

There is just a week left until the closing date (Friday 23rd May) for the Young Fashion Designer UK competition. It is really easy for GCSE and A level students to enter as all they have to do is submit 3 pages of coursework (or similar). See some of the entries below to see the type of work being entered & visit the website to enter.  http://youngfashiondesigneruk.com 




















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Competition for teachers, Food Tech links & World Cup fever

Course & Event Updates

My next competition is being launched this week. This time it is aimed at teachers with the prize of The Design Student’s Handbook by Jane Bartholemew and Steve Rutherford. The book retails at just under £30 and is a must have for any D&T teacher who supports students to think about careers related to D&T. 

To enter the competition you have to create (using any media of your choice) a short case study about your career route into teaching D&T (or the career route of a colleague if you prefer and have their permission). The aim is to inspire others who might be considering becoming a D&T teacher. Any one can enter no matter what their background. There are several copies to be won so the judges will be looking for a range of different case studies. That means everyone stands a chance of winning no matter what your experience. The closing date is 25th September. For more details and entry forms visit http://goo.gl/vd7r5z 

Book soon for courses coming up during the summer term as some dates are close to being full.

‘Boys will be Boys: Raising the Achievement of Boys in D&T’ on May 19th (any D&T specialist)

3D Printing for the Terrified - 21st May plus various other dates in June & July across the country 

E-textiles - 2nd June plus various other dates in June & July across the country 

KS3 Textiles - 9th June plus various other dates in June & July across the country

STEM in Textiles - 21st June 

A level Product Design Textiles - 2 different courses are available in June & July across the country

For more information on courses visit http://goo.gl/3svADF 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

The Latest Edition Of Teach Design Magazine

Have you seen the latest edition of Teach Design magazine? It is packed full of inspirational articles including ones on 3D printing, Food Technology, Circular Economy and a showcase of work from Fernwood School in Nottingham. On page 22 you can also see one of my articles on High Tech Textiles. A hard copy of the magazine is sent into schools but you can view an online copy for free at http://goo.gl/enqIiZ 

Food Technology Facebook Groups

In previous newsletters I have mentioned Sarah Middleton’s Food Technology Teachers Network Facebook Group. As well as Food Technology resources Sarah also shares a lot of useful T&L information such as her recent link to a TES video on preparing students for exams http://goo.gl/qKoMeB. This is relevant to any teacher and is well worth a look.

Another useful Food group is the Food Teachers Centre run by Louise T Davies.  This week the group has included a link to a variety of food science videos that look at the science behind food and drink preparation in industry http://www.campdenbri.co.uk/videos.php  as well as tips on implementing the new food curriculum http://goo.gl/yCu80a  

Both groups are closed groups so you will need to request to join. Keep an eye out for messages in your Facebook inbox as you might need to confirm your request. Both groups have lots of fantastic resources and links that Food teachers will find very useful.

Working With A Client

It may be the season for exams but many teachers are also starting to think about Controlled Assessment with year 10s. This video is a tongue in cheek look at the problems of working with a client. It’s a good reminder for all students that designing isn’t just about designing something you like but about working with a client who can be demanding and frustrating! http://bit.ly/1o6yjTS 


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

A Changing World

This ‘Shift Happens’ short video has been around for some time but I still think it is a great one. We all know how rapid change happens in our modern world and this really sums it up well with lots of interesting facts and figures. There are lots of implications for D&T as well as for how all this will impact on people generally. As well as being a useful clip to watch in D&T it is therefore also useful as a discussion point for tutor time. http://bit.ly/1iXjzEE (via D&T Association Facebook page)


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 Free Videos On Key Practical Skills

Some time ago I produced ten videos for the D&T Association on key practical skills in textiles. The clips give instructions on how to do key techniques with a particular focus on tips for students and teachers on using the techniques in coursework / Controlled Assessment etc. Ten more have now been added to the collection and they include videos on inserting a concealed zip, different types of pleats, as well as a range of seams. You can download the videos for free from http://goo.gl/g9V9Fq 

World Cup Fever

As the World Cup approaches why not use the interest this generates to get students thinking about the part textiles plays. These clips will interest even non football fans.

http://www.adidas.com/com/apps/brazuca/ - Information about the ‘Brazuca’ World Cup Football as well as information on a custom made Brazuca that has cameras fitted and which is travelling world

http://goo.gl/Cjg130  - short video on how the Brazuca football was designed and made

http://worldsoccertalk.com/?p=99052  - behind the scenes footage of World Cup shirt designers at work (via Twitter ‏‪@theDTguy & @phstd)

Online Textiles Dictionary

This is a great resource for revision but also for other times of the year. It is an online textiles dictionary and is ideal for some last minute keyword revision. It doesn’t cover everything students need to know for GCSE and A level but it is a good starting point. What makes the site particularly useful is that the dictionary can be viewed in a range of languages which makes it a very useful tool if you have students who are not native English speakers and who might therefore miss some of the subtleties of understanding at a technical level. http://en.texsite.info/Main_Page 


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Revision, revision, revision!

I am in the process of transferring most of my website information to my main website www.julieboyd.co.uk. This is going to take a while so apologies for any inconvenience during the transfer period. All of my websites will still be working but you might find you are redirected on some pages. 

The next course on my course calendar is ‘Boys will be Boys: Raising the Achievement of Boys in D&T’ on May 19th. This is aimed at any D&T subject specialist and it will focus on how boys learn, along with strategies that help engage boys and raise achievement. My husband is also running a '3D Printing for the Terrified’ course on 21st May (again for all D&T teachers). Both of these courses are in Nottingham. More details at http://goo.gl/z5MlKL 

If you are looking for CPD courses for the summer term there a number coming up and I would advise you to book soon as some courses are getting quite full. Courses include KS3 Textiles, A level Textiles, E-Textiles and 3D printing. Note that I have introduced new venues in Manchester, London, Bristol, Newcastle and Ipswich as well as my usual Nottingham venue. Take a look at http://goo.gl/z5MlKL for more details of all of these courses.

I am now also starting to plan courses for September onwards so if you have any particular courses or venues you would like to see included please email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Useful Revision Resources

http://goo.gl/5qrCrV - great website for GCSE Product Design (via Twitter @FernwoodDT @RWBA)

http://gcsegraphicsrev.yolasite.com - another good website for Graphics revision (via Twitter @GCSEPod)

http://goo.gl/LC3KtE  - a range of short quizes for Resistant Materials

http://popplet.com/app/#/907149 - another Resistant Materials revision site (via Twitter @DesignTechCHS)

http://bit.ly/1dX4trw  - video on the use of thermochromic liquid crystal and phase changing inks (via Twitter ‏‪@thermosmart‬ @mindsets_uk )

http://on.fb.me/R7muPe  - Sarah Middleton’s Food Technology Teachers Network Facebook group has some useful exam resources. Many of these resources can also be found on the TES at http://goo.gl/QQFzl5 

http://www.youtube.com/user/TuxfordDESIGN/playlists - You Tube playlist from Tuxford Academy with a great collection of useful video clips


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

General Revision Tips For Students

http://goo.gl/8WqjUO - TES page on revision which includes videos on how to revise, as well as a range of teaching resources and ideas (includes a revision game designed for D&T)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/advice - tips & advice on revision & exam stress from the Radio 1

http://gu.com/p/3zg7g - students describe what its like to revise at 3 different stages of their education; GCSEs, A levels and university finals. 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Did Your Students Enter My Textiles Postcard Competition?

If your students entered my textiles postcard competition they might be interested in the short write up that is in the May edition of Sewing World magazine. The article includes photos of the winner and her winning entry along with photos of the work from the runners up and commendations. You can see more about the winning entries at http://goo.gl/ZKTOxr 

Useful Revision Links

There are now quite a few ‘5 minute revision’ activities on my website and I have been putting them on Twitter and Facebook on a regular basis. Now that the exam is getting closer you might want to encourage students to look at several activities in order to develop their knowledge ready for the exam. For students who are more reluctant to revise however, these short sound bites of revision might encourage them to at least do something and you never know what will stick! If students prefer to look at images, or prefer to surf the net, get them to look at my Pinterest boards as there are a wide range on different areas of the specification for both GCSE and A level. 

Click here to see the range of 5 minute activities on my website. 

Click here to view my Pinterest boards

Young Fashion Designer UK Competition

In my last newsletter I mentioned the Young Fashion Designer UK competition which is aimed at GCSE and A level students. As well as the website http://yfd.viatrust.co.uk there is now also a Facebook group and a Pinterest page for updates and inspiration. Students can use copies of pages from their coursework to enter so there isn’t lots of extra work. Getting students to organise their entries might be a nice positive way to end the year before students go off on study leave. 


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Focus on the environment, World Autism Awareness day, & Textiles competition

Lots of you break up this week for Easter although I know some of you have to wait another week! This will be the last blog before Easter and they will return mid April. This is always a busy holiday usually with lots of marking, moderation and revision planning but don’t forget to also take some time out to have a break and recharge the batteries too!

Course & Event Updates

 to see how these rockets are used as a teaching & learning tool? Want your own free rocket to take away & use back in your classroom? 

This teaching and learning technique will be used as part of the Outstanding Teaching and Learning in Textiles course on 30th April and the Boys Will be Boys course on 19th May (for any D&T teacher),both of which are in Nottingham. They will also be used 3D Printing for the Terrified courses (for all D&T teachers), the KS3 Textiles courses and the A level courses all of which are running on a variety of dates in May, June and July in Nottingham, Manchester, London, Bristol, Newcastle and Ipswich. Take a look at http://goo.gl/z5MlKL for more details of all of these courses. 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Focus On The Environment

http://goo.gl/kC4Ua8 - decomposition rates of commom marine debris including tin cans, styrofoam cups, clothing, disposable nappies and plastic bottles. Some statistics are quite scary and give a powerful message with regards to the use and disposal of materials (via Twitter @Nikjamesd & ‏‪@Danny_Wilkinson‬)

http://bit.ly/1i4tylT - short animation on sustainability. It includes good definitions and the 4 basic principles on how to care for our planet and what we need to do to achieve sustainability. This would make a good introduction for KS3 students as well as a good revision exercise when combined with exam questions for GCSE and A level students. (via Twitter @DT_Hallmead ‏‪@ALevelProduct‬)

http://goo.gl/dGG3yc - Filasoy, a 3D printing filament that is renewable, biodegradable and recyclable. Check out the rest of the website too as it has a range of other good short videos including ones on 3D printing is & its impact

Smart Packaging Design

http://doublemesh.com/?p=34531 - These packaging design examples are particularly relevant for Graphics. There are, however, a range of products and packages relevant to all D&T materials areas and they might prompt good discussions on both design and other issues such as sustainability (via Twitter ‏‪@phstd‬) ‪ 


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

World Autism Awareness Day

Wednesday 2nd April was World Autism Awareness day. This is an area that interests me a lot and in particular I am interested in young people and adults with Asperger’s. This is because it can be less easy to recognise Asperger’s, partly because the behaviours vary from person to person, but also because many people with Asperger's function at a high level, and this can mask any diagnosis. This means that many young people and adults are not aware they are on the autistic spectrum and neither are those around them. 

My role as a coach both in education and industry means I have coached a wide range of adults and young people many of whom show Asperger’s traits. Something that has struck me is how supportive we are of young people with Asperger’s, including those that we don’t formally recognise as being on the spectrum, but how this is not reflected in our treatment of adults, especially in the workplace. 

It is important to remember that young people with Asperger’s go on to be adults and they therefore make up a significant number of the people in our workplaces. The challenges they faced in school are therefore also going to be the challenges they face at work. What particularly interests me (and disappoints me at times) is how education environments in particular fails to take this into account, and yet this the one workplace where you would expect it would automatically be understood. Understanding the types of behaviour traits associated with Asperger’s means we can start to understand the behaviours of some of our colleagues and it helps us reflect on better ways of working with them. This applies to all staff but particularly to those in a leadership role. 

There are a number of links below on Autism and Asperger’s that might help you reflect on this area and how you cater for the needs of young people in your classroom. Don’t forget to take a little time out to also reflect on how this might impact on adults in your organisation and your own interactions with them. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4G0HTIUBlI - a video that describes what the autistic spectrum is

http://www.autism.org.uk - The National Autistic Society website that has a wide range of resources and advice on working with young people and adults on the autistic spectrum

http://gu.com/p/3nqx8 - teaching tips when working with young people

http://goo.gl/iz2qPq - a resource that summarises some of the traits for Asperger’s which can be used as a reflection tool when working with other adults


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Young Fashion Designer UK Competition

Thanks to Jo Bishop, a Textiles teacher at The Royal Grammar School in Worcester, who has raised my awareness this week of the Young Fashion Designer UK competition. Jo runs the Midlands region of the competition and there is also a centre in the south in Kent. 

The competition is aimed at students 16-18 who have a passion for fashion and who deserve recognition for the excellent work produced as part of the assessed coursework; there are many graduate showcases but nothing for the younger designers.

The competition invites entries from across the UK and it is easy for students to enter as they can use their current Controlled Assessment / Coursework (although note only copies should be sent) 

A panel of fashion and textile professionals select 18 finalists to attend a final day (either at RGS in Worcester or at Kent College). The judges include retail buyers, designers, education specialists etc. who will spend time talking to each student on the final day and sharing advice with them before they decide who should be awarded the top prizes (including work experience, exhibition tickets, fashion goody bags etc).

For more information http://yfd.viatrust.co.uk/register-online-359/ or download a flyer 

NASA Space Suit Vote

NASA’s new Z-2 Suit is a new prototype next generation spacesuit that, as well as having the usual high tech things you would expect in a space suit, is also being designed to look unlike any other space suit that has gone before it. NASA are inviting the public to have their say on the final design of the outer layer of the space suit which is pretty cool! This might be a great homework perhaps along with some additional space age research. Note, however, that the competition closes on 15th April. Find out more at http://jscfeatures.jsc.nasa.gov/z2/ (original link via Twitter @GTaylorSTEM & @engadget)


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STEM competition, the psychology of learning & fabric testing

Thank y ou to everyone who came along to see me on my stand at Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC. See the stand at http://goo.gl/7TsFW2. A big congratulations goes to Marj Pratt from Tupton Hall School in Chesterfield who won the prize draw competition on the stand. Marj won a copy of The Design Student’s Handbook by Jane Bartholomew and Steve Rutherford.

It has been a busy couple of weeks getting ready for the show and organising courses for the new venues I am trialling. The new venues are in Newcastle, Manchester, London, Bristol and Ipswich and at the moment are restricted to courses on 3D printing, KS3 Textiles, A level textiles and E-Textiles. Take a look at http://goo.gl/z5MlKL for more details. If there are other courses that you would like to see run in one of these areas just let me know by emailing julie@julieboyd.co.uk. I will still be using my venue in Nottingham and there are a wide range of courses planned there for the next few months including the next one which is on Outstanding Teaching & Learning in Textiles on 30th April (http://goo.gl/z5MlKL)

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

STEM Competition

If you are looking for a STEM based competition for students to enter take a look at the National Science and Engineering Competition http://www.nsecuk.org. Finalists will showcase their work at the Big Bang Fair in March 2015. Some of the information on the website still relates to this year’s competition but the 2014-2015 competition is now open. 

Some Useful Links

Below are some of the useful links I have come across recently:

http://bit.ly/1dQRvvS  - video tutorial on shading and toning cylindrical objects with Copic markers. The video is quite long so you might need to be selective in how you use it but it has some good tips. (via Twitter @copicmarker)

http://bit.ly/1mz68KZ  - I am always on the look out for designs and ideas that are a little bit different, and which get students thinking, so I really liked this gulping fish egg separator (via Twitter @designboom @FernwoodDT)

http://bit.ly/ML0wPB  - Dick Powell talking about designing the new Ideal Standards luxury bathroom. He makes some interesting points about designing products that are functional as well as being aesthetically pleasing and luxurious. 


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

The Psychology Of Learning

This is an interesting article on the psychology of learning that is useful for revision as well as for other times of the year. Much of the information won’t be new to many teachers but it is useful to see the ideas summarised into one article. This might provide some useful discussion points during tutor time about revision and learning as well as being a useful prompt for teachers too. http://www.teachthought.com/?p=15156 (via @RogerFrancis on Twitter)

Avoiding Distractions At Revision Time

If your students are distracted from their revision by their favourite gadgets they could try locking it away inside this ‘kitchen safe’ (http://www.thekitchensafe.comwhich keeps things locked away until a set time  ! Alternatively they could place a reward inside the box which will only open at an allotted time . The safe isn’t cheap to buy so the obvious alternative would be to give their gadget to someone else for the allotted time period or to create their own locked box. Whilst the cost will be prohibitive for most students this would be a good way of generating discussions about how to avoid being distracted at revision time and how to use incentives and rewards to motivate yourself. 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 3D Printed Textiles

There was a lot of interest in the 3D printer that I had on my stand at the NEC. I am particularly interested in how this technology might be used in textiles as this is my specialist area. There are obvious applications such as custom made buttons, buckles and other accessories to decorate a textiles product with. The ability to create traditional textiles products in a soft flexible 3D printed  material also interests me so this short video on the production of a 3D printed bag by Kipling is inspiring. http://bit.ly/1dnR3mX  

If you are interested in 3D printing take a look at my Pinterest board at http://goo.gl/q4xqLx 

Quilting In Space

http://1.usa.gov/NdHiSX  - This isn’t something you would normally see on NASA’s website! Karen Nyberg, an astronaut on an international space station expedition, has taken quilting work with her into space. Watch the video of her talking about how she copes with weightlessness and the other challenges of stitching and cutting in this environment http://goo.gl/5A3hhc  (via Twitter @sewingdirectory)

Revision Focus: Fabric Testing

I have been uploading regular ‘5 minute revision tasks’ to my Facebook and Twitter pages as well as onto my website. One of the areas I have covered is on fabric testing. Visit the website page or use the links below:

http://bit.ly/1h0txOX  - a 10 second video on abrasion testing

http://goo.gl/uJ8l9t   -  information about other tests that can be carried out on textiles items

http://goo.gl/eNHp1p   - useful activity sheet on carrying out various tests in school 

http://goo.gl/b8cOEn   - tests done on toys


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New courses, new venues, & a preview of my stand at the NEC 20th - 23rd March

A Slightly Different Blog This Week

  There isn’t a blog in the usual format this week. It has been a bit manic with preparations for the NEC show from 20th - 23rd March along with lots of other exciting things that are happening (including getting a brand new 3D printer to play with!). This means I haven’t had chance to put a proper newsletter together. It is, however, a good chance to update you on some new developments that are happening. 

There will also be no blog next week because I will be at the show. If you are looking for resources don’t forget there is an index of all the resources from my previous newsletters at http://goo.gl/CSRUqO . 


New Course Venues

One of the exciting new developments is that my husband, Paul Boyd, has recently joined me as a consultant. Over the next few months you will see changes to my website, as well as some development in the type of support on offer. 

In particular some courses are now being offered in venues across the country. These include a KS3 textiles course for the new curriculum, an A level course, and an e-textiles course. These courses are on offer in my usual venue in Nottingham, but will also be run in Newcastle, Manchester, London, Bristol and Ipswich. Take a look at http://goo.gl/z5MlKL  for more details. If there are other courses, in addition to the 3 above, that you would like to see run in one of these areas just let me know by emailing julie@julieboyd.co.uk .


New Courses

My husband will also be offering a range of courses over the coming months including some on 3D printing and electronics. These will be for all D&T teachers and materials areas. At the moment his focus is on 3D printing and you can find more information about courses that are planned at http://goo.gl/z5MlKL  


Come & See Me At The NEC

If you live near Birmingham, or just fancy a day out, why not visit the NEC where there are several shows going on next week.  

Come and see my on my demonstration stand (NZ22) at the Sewing for Pleasure Show from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd March. The Education Show is also on at the NEC on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday so if you are visiting that show why not pop in when you have finished. The Education Show closes slightly earlier than Sewing for Pleasure so you might be able to fit in a quick visit at the end of the day. 

Visit http://goo.gl/KE1RBd for more information about Sewing for Pleasure.Don’t forget entry to Sewing for Pleasure also gets you into Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch as well as Hobbycraft so there is lots to see. 

Visit http://www.education-show.com for more information on The Education Show

At the show I will be demonstrating some Husqvarna Viking machines including a CAD/CAM embroidery machine, an embellisher and an entry level machine ideal for use in schools. Don’t worry there is will be no hard sell as the stand is for demonstration purposes (although I can point you in the right direction if you are looking to buy). 

 

I will also have a 3D printer on the stand so come along if you have never seen one in action or if you aren’t sure how you might use one, especially in textiles. 


Each day there will be several mini workshops on  e-textiles that you can take part in producing a very basic circuit. You will also be able to see a range of e-textiles products and ideas, many of which have detailed instructions on my website. All of this might help you go away and think about how you can introduce or develop this area back in school. 


During the show there will also be a chance to win a copy of The Design Student’s Handbook by Jane Bartholomew and Steve Rutherford. 




The winners, runners up and commendations from my postcard competition will also be on display, along with a selection of other entries. 


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Smart materials, revision tools & performance wear clothing

Visit my demonstration stand at Sewing for Pleasure Show at the NEC from 20th - 23rd March. I will be demonstrating e-textiles and also hope to have a 3D printer. Book tickets in advance to get the cheaper rate. Entry to the the show also includes entry to 2 other shows (Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch and Hobbycraft). Find out more at http://goo.gl/vv3JdL 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Smart Materials

DHL have a clever and amusing advertising campaign using a smart material in the form of a thermo active foil that when cooled goes black and when warmed up returns to it’s original colour. DHL have used these properties to create a clever marketing gimmick at the expense of their competitors. This is a great fun introduction to smart materials or for use as a revision exercise. http://goo.gl/m9ZlHO

New Developments In Air Travel

The Airlander airship has been in the news recently as the latest development in air travel. This type of design has been attempted unsuccessfully in the past but new developments in materials and design, including the use of carbon fibre, now mean this type of aircraft could potentially become more common in the future. At over 300ft long it has a huge capacity yet can travel long distances without having to refuel, can land on most flat surfaces and doesn’t need a runway. 

As well as being a good example of innovative design it is also an example of an old idea that has continued to be developed over time despite setbacks. Find out more about the airship at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26337673 . The developers are also selling tickets to be on the airships maiden flight - now wouldn’t that would be a fantastic school trip!! http://www.airlander.co.uk  


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

How The Brain Works

Show this short video to prompt some discussion on how the brain works and to get students thinking about how they can maximise their learning. In particular it mentions how revisiting information strengthens the neural pathways making it easier to remember things - a great way of promoting an early start to revision! It also mentions how relating things you need to remember to a story can help you recall them later http://gu.com/p/3n3gz  ‪(Via Twitter @JudyFriedberg‬ @DamnFineMedia via ‪@guardian)

Useful Revision Tools

There are loads of online revision aids for students to use where they can create flashcards, capture images, or create their own tests. http://www.studyblue.com (thanks to the teacher on my recent A level Textiles course who mentioned this one, sorry I can’t remember who you were!), and http://www.studystack.com both allow you to create your own flashcards. 

One I particularly like is http://quizlet.com/ as this has some resources other people have already made including tests, flashcards etc. as well as allowing you to make your own. 

http://www.goodluckexams.com is another great website for revision. This focuses more on tips on how to study, when, where, how to remember things etc.


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 North Face - High Tech Performance Wear 

Those of you that follow me on Facebook and Twitter might have seen me mention the Fuse Uno jacket by North Face http://goo.gl/0G0Et0 . It is made from one single piece of fabric. It is described as ‘seamless’, although this isn’t strictly true as sections of the jacket do need to be joined together. There are however no separate pieces of fabric to cut and sew which results in a quicker production process, less waste and a lighter weight jacket. 

As it is a high performance wear product some areas of the jacket need to be strengthened and rather than adding layers of fabrics, as would happen in an ordinary jacket, instead areas of the fabric are woven differently incorporating high tech fibres such as Cordura. 

As well as being an example of developments in pattern making, this article could be used to stimulate thinking about the different sections that make up a product, perhaps with students doing some paper modelling on how they might create a similar ‘all in one’ product. 

North Face’s American website is also worth a look too http://www.thenorthface.com (the UK one is good but some of the really good stuff seems to only be on the US site). As well as being a good site for looking at the design of high tech performance wear e.g. covered zip flaps, use of pockets, specialist fabrics, there are a number of useful specialist pages including:  

http://goo.gl/bM4WDq - how the company research & develop a product including a great short video

http://goo.gl/Maf7kZ - sustainability

http://goo.gl/dhIJJ4  - properties and benefits of different performance fabrics including Gore Tex, Windstopper, Polar Tec and Thermoball, a new synthetic alternative to down 

http://goo.gl/LyMNp8  - recycling of North Face products by returning them to the store


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Lego, young leaders & new website downloads

Course & Event Updates

Just one week left to book! GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam on 8th March http://goo.gl/z5MlKL .

I will be at the Sewing for Pleasure Show at the NEC from 20th - 23rd March. I will be demonstrating e-textiles amongst other things. Book tickets in advance to get the cheaper rate. Entry to the the show also includes entry to 2 other show (Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch and Hobbycraft). Find out more at http://goo.gl/vv3JdL 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Lego Isn’t Just For Kids

http://goo.gl/bbzfZn - an infographic on the history of Lego, the skills it develops and how it can be used in educational settings.  (via Twitter @RogerFrancis1)

http://goo.gl/9OVM9P - life sized working lego car

http://goo.gl/c8Z8Vm - Lego braille machine built by a 12 year old 

http://www.springwise.com/?p=41989 - bottle tops designed to be used as Lego bricks after the bottle has been finished with

http://goo.gl/AfUOx1 - Lego inspired fashion

http://goo.gl/ELVdWM  - Weaving loom made of Lego that actually weaves fabric

Food Tech Links

http://goo.gl/SG7lt6 - the history of pancakes along with recipes

http://goo.gl/ly5AuJ - Science based activity on taste testing comparing how children and adults react to sour flavours. 

http://goo.gl/AnfrDd  - variety of free Food Technology resources for different age groups


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Developing Young Leaders

I have worked in a number of leadership roles, including at senior leadership level, both in education and retail. Leadership is therefore an area that interests me and I regularly run courses on leadershp and work as a coach supporting leaders.

I am a strong believer that leadership isn’t something that is limited to those who happen to be in positions of power. Developing leadership skills can help both adults and young people gain confidence and increase self esteem. In particular developing leadership skills in young people can be a great way of harnessing potential and diffusing behaviour management issues. 

http://youtu.be/Z7O8s6NgAck – Video about how anyone from any background can become a a leader. This might be useful for both adults and students, and in particular it might generate discussion during tutor time. 

http://goo.gl/VuPZ1M - A Young Leaders award programme that helps develop and reward leadership in young people across all age groups.  

http://goo.gl/FSwr3m - A useful TES resource from Dan Aldred on allocating leadership roles to students in the classroom. You will need a TES account to download the resource but it is free to set up. 

http://workawesome.com/?p=19028 - An article on how to be a leader rather than a manager. This might be more suitable for adults. 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 New Free Downloads From My Website

I have mentioned previously the Sewing World magazine articles that I wrote last year. I now have permission to include these on my website and the scanned copies of the original articles can now be downloaded from http://goo.gl/9pVi5O. Please note these articles were originally targeted at a general craft audience with the aim of showing them the exciting STEM materials and components that are available. Because of this craft focus some projects might need tweaking and developing for schools but they provide a good starting point if you are looking for ideas. 

Last year I also worked with a couple of other consultants on the GCSE Textiles Rescue programme run by the D&T Association. The online webinars that were run last year are now on the D&TA website along with 10 videos I have produced this year on some of the key practical skills for textiles. These videos will be added to over time.  All resources are free to download from http://goo.gl/fUl5y3  

Cute Circuit’s New Range

A couple of weeks ago I included a link to Cute Circuits recent New York fashion show introducing its new line of wearable electronic garments. The full video has now been released showing the whole range of products. Both the short and longer versions of the video can be seen at http://cutecircuit.com/collections/aw-14-15/ . Although the items are expensive they reflect how mainstream this technology is becoming. The items are more fun rather than having a purpose but then again that is what fashion has always been about.


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Exhibitions to visit over half term, higher level questioning & the Winter Olympics

Website Maintenance

Please note my websites might be down for part of half term for some essential maintenance. If there is anything you need to access urgently email me at julie@julieboyd.co.uk and I will do my best to help you.  

Course & Event Updates

Starting to think about revision? There are just 3 weeks left to book your place on the GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam on 8th March. Although aimed at textiles teachers the course includes information to take away that is relevant to other areas of D&T.  For more details on this and other courses visit http://goo.gl/z5MlKL   

It has been confirmed this week that I will have a stand at the Sewing for Pleasure Show at the NEC from 20th - 23rd March. I will be demonstrating e-textiles amongst other things. Find out more about the show at http://goo.gl/vv3JdL 

I can also confirm that I will also be running an e-textiles seminar at the Design and Make the Future event run by Teach Design and the National STEM Centre. This takes place on 10th May and there are a range of workshops relevant to all areas of D&T at just £25 for the whole day. For more information visit http://goo.gl/WuY6cf 

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Exhibitions To Visit Over Half Term

The Science Museum: 3D Printing the Future. Discover how 3D printers turn computer data into objects and how this will impact on the future of industry, medicine, shopping to name just a few areas http://goo.gl/omyj23

 Design Museum: In the Making. Get an insight into design thinking and production processes of a range of products including cricket bats, felt hats, shoes, boots, marbles, whistles, pencils, coins, horns, lenses & Olympic torches. The exhibition captures 24 objects mid manufacture and in their finished state http://goo.gl/iVWexe For those of you interested in textiles you can also visit the Paul Smith exhibition on at the Design Museum at the same time http://goo.gl/4zUJw1 

Products To Inspire

http://goo.gl/MkED9F An unusual origami door that challenges the traditional way we think of a common object like a door

http://goo.gl/kxF9Fn Innovative packaging and marketing strategy from Sony who have put their new waterproof MP3 players in a water bottle and called it ‘Bottled Walkman’. 

http://bbc.in/1ockwcR Great bit of fun! An adult sized version of the Little Tikes toy car which is roadworthy and can reach speeds up to 70mph.

Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Higher Level Questioning

If you find it hard to generate differentiated questions use http://www.hotskills.me to help you. You have to think carefully about the keywords you input otherwise the questions don’t flow properly but the website is a good way to get you (and possibly your students) thinking about higher level questioning  (via Jennifer Bruce on Sarah Middleton’s Food Technology Teachers Facebook group) 

I am a big fan of Bloom’s Taxonomy and many of my courses include exercises that show how Blooms can be actively applied in the classroom. Whether you use the original Blooms format from the 1960s or the revised version from 2000 doesn’t really matter, although I personally prefer the more recent version. There are 2 fantastic resources on the TES that will introduce you to Blooms and how you might use it. Both are interactive so play them as a slide show rather than just flicking through the slides. http://goo.gl/DGzw8c is the original version by Mike Gershon and http://goo.gl/77Rene  is the revised version by nautilus31. You will have to create a TES account to view the documents but this is free to do.  

Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

The Winter Olympics

http://goo.gl/Jhtcvm  Team USA’s bid to sportswear that makes you go faster. The article includes the use of 3D printing, testing materials and products as well as the development of the details of design right down to the position of a zip (via Hetty Visualtreasurehunt on Pinterest)

http://goo.gl/IwV3ck  Mexican alpine skier Hubertus Von Hohenlohe is getting more attention for his Mariachi inspired suit than for his skiing.

http://goo.gl/02FFO6 Kit worn by a number of the countries taking part in the Winter Olympics. Good design or bad design? 

http://www.flare.com/?p=212084 A guide to some of the designers and brands behind some of the Olympic kits

Take a look at the Nepalese national flag which is the only national flag that isn’t rectangular or square. As well as the unusual shape the blue border represents peace, the red is the colour of the rhododendron which is the national flower, the crescent moon represents the royal house, and the sun is the symbol of Rana family of Nepal. Find out more about the design and meanings of this and other flags at https://flagspot.net/flags/host.html 

Drip Feed Revision 

I have mentioned drip feed revision in my newsletters before. I will gradually be adding short 5 minute tasks to my website and these can be used to encourage students to start to engage in revision even though it is still a long time until the exam. 

For more information on drip feed revision along with a few tasks visit http://goo.gl/li2YDu 

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Vacuum flask: how could this traditional product be designed differently?

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Carbon fibre, time management, & the iMiniSkirt

Course Updates

It’s the last chance to book the 'Maximising the Performance of Gifted and Talented students in D&T’ which is on Monday 10th February. This course is designed for any materials area in D&T.  

Starting to think about revision? The course on 8th March (GCSE Textiles – Preparing for the Written Exam) is aimed at textiles teachers but will include information to take away that is relevant to other areas of D&T.   

For more details on these and other courses visit http://goo.gl/z5MlKL   


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Carbon Fibre

Composite fibres interest me a lot because of my textiles background. They are a great way of showing how the different areas of D&T are linked by common materials. Below are some useful links on carbon fibre. 

I came across this article about carbon fibre being used in the design of aircraft on Twitter via ‪@DTcanonlee @BBCTech http://bbc.in/1d8jjtW. As well as outlining why carbon fibre is excellent for use in aircraft design, the article also shows how the use of carbon fibre enables the development of radically different aircraft designs for the future.

Composites used in the production of skis, snowboards and a variety of other key items that will play a vital role in the medals in the 2014 Winter Olympics http://www.compositesmanufacturingblog.com/?p=6983 

Carbon fibre bobsled designed by BMW for Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics Find out more http://goo.gl/1FyShK and see a video on the bobsled at http://youtu.be/xasDhzASi8Q 

http://youtu.be/294UnuD1AsQ - a 1 minute video on carbon fibre composite materials in F1 racing cars (via Yvonne Dixon on Pinterest) 

http://markforged.com  - a 3D printer that can print carbon fibre (via Twitter @mrcharlwood)

My newsletter from September 2012 also has quite a bit of information on various good You Tube clips on composites, including carbon fibre. Click here to see the newsletter with all of the links http://goo.gl/yke85A . One of my free photo downloads also included a image of a carbon fibre prosthetic limb similar to the ones used in the 2012 Paralympics. Click here to download the image.  

Buy carbon fibre sample packs for 40p a sample from www.easycomposites.co.uk. They also sell a range of other composites as well as having a range of videos, products and information sheets.


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Time Management

This is the time of year when there never seems to be enough time in the day. There is Controlled Assessment to chase, revision to start thinking about and deadlines and exams growing ever closer. Every year we promise ourselves we will be more organised next time round!

Review your time management skills with this short quiz http://goo.gl/mCvxc along with reviewing how productive you are with your time with a another short quiz http://goo.gl/oBpVn . Reflect on your findings with these tips on time management http://goo.gl/uAbJN . 

All of these resources could be adapted for use with students to help them reflect on their own time management skills. This might be a good starting point before a new project or before exam revision. When working with students this set of 8 steps on how to effectively use time leading up to exams is also useful http://www.goodluckexams.com/?p=25


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

The iMiniSkirt

If you have a cool £3750 to spare check out the new mini skirt from Cute Circuit. It is made from silk satin, organza and metallic pink leather and the main body of the skirt lights up with colourful patterns. The skirt is controlled via the 'Q by Cute Circuit' iPhone App. The skirt was worn by Katy Perry at the iTunes Festival in 2013 featuring the word ‘roar’ as she sang her hit song of the same name. See the skirt at http://shop.cutecircuit.com/collections/womenswear/products/iminiskirt 

Keeping A Sketchbook

Encourage students to keep a sketchbook by showing them this video clip of Zandra Rhodes talking about her sketchbook collection and how important they are to inspiring her http://youtu.be/J8QTt5RKcdg (via Twitter @EHS_Textiles @TheTextileBlog)

Exhibitions To Visit

If you are looking for a trip in the Spring check out the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia from 13th - 16th March. The name makes this event sound very craft orientated, and whilst there is a lot of craft stalls there, there are also a lot of unusual products on sale, along with lots of workshops and a great exhibition area. There is also a schools exhibition area. It is too late to enter this competition now but a visit could inspire students to enter in future years. For more information visit http://goo.gl/HMpSvj 

There is also a new new exhibition on at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in London which runs until 31st May. The exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles including work by Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol. For more information visit http://goo.gl/rYLXtn 


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Seen in a hotel: the sticker on the light switch says ‘This room isn’t afraid of the dark. Using this switch saves energy'

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Alessi, tutor time activities & reflective & fluorescent textiles

Could Your School Host One Of My Courses?

I get a lot of requests for me to run my courses in other areas of the country, in addition to the ones I run in Nottingham, and I am currently investigating whether this might be possible. The challenge is finding venues that are as good as the excellent one I use in Nottingham, as well establishing whether courses in other parts of the country would attract enough numbers to be cost effective. 

If your school (or another venue you think might be suitable) is interested in hosting a course in exchange for one free place on a course held at their venue, I would like to hear from you. The venue would need to be close to a mainline train station, as well as major road links. Venues close to London and in the North would be of particular interest. Equipment that would be needed would depend on the course being run but the basics would be a good sized room with a projector and screen. 

If you can’t host a course but would like other venue options in addition to Nottingham, it would be useful to get some feedback as to what areas of the country you would suggest I target. Email me with any comments at julie@julieboyd.co.uk 

For more details on current and other courses that your venue might host visit http://goo.gl/z5MlKL 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Designer Focus: Alessi

Sometimes I see something online or in a shop and before I know it I seem to be spotting related links everywhere! Over the last few weeks I have seen lots of references to Alessi. It all started with a promotion in Tesco where tokens you collect enable you to claim discount on the Alessi dinnerware range (http://www.tesco.com/direct/alessi-dinnerware/ . This promotion is now coming to an end but it is a good example of how a retailer is using a designer and their products to create an interest and add value to their own brand. 

I have also come across the following useful Alessi resources that might generate some interesting discussions, along with design and product analysis exercises. 

http://youtu.be/E4TIniSZkNA - a very short video showing some of Alessi's products and how they are used. (via Twitter ‏‪@MrsD_Helen)

http://goo.gl/FbRG8X - video about the Alessi factory showing products from manufacture through to the being sold in store. This is also the official Alessi website and has a wide range of information on products, advertising campaigns, and the history of Alessi. 

http://goo.gl/pMRD9D - downloadable PDF case study on Alessi. This is detailed and includes information on the history of Alessi, design principles, marketing and manufacture. 

http://goo.gl/Ko2wT7 - the official Alessi Shop


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Maps Of The World

http://goo.gl/HCHBhn - take a look at these 40 world maps for some interesting facts that are great for tutor time discussions. Maps include the distribution of McDonald’s across the world, the most common surnames in Europe, alcohol consumption, along with the journey of 29,000 rubber ducks that fell off a cargo ship into the Pacific Ocean! 

Beating Bullying

This powerful French video takes typical playground bullying behaviour and puts it into the context of an adult workplace. France reportedly has high rate of bullying in schools and the video aims to raise the awareness of adults that this is a serious issue. The question at the end asks: ‘A day at work does not look like this. And a day at school?’ Although originally targeted at adults this is a good prompt for tutor time discussion on this issue. It is also a useful video to prompt staff reflection on how seriously the issue is taken. http://youtu.be/EpT9PL8RCw0 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Knitting And Embroidery With A Difference

Last week I mentioned a textiles artist who uses traditional knitting techniques in an unusual way to create ‘knitted autopsies’. Along the same sort of theme are these pieces of work made out of denim, by artist Anne Wolf, in the shape of various human body parts http://goo.gl/Y1KePV , as well as these knitted and embroidered bodies by Candace Couse http://www.candacecouse.net. Just a word of warning, some of the work by Candace Couse is a little bit gruesome even if it is only knitting and embroidery! This work has a very art textiles feel but is a good way of showing how materials and techniques can be manipulated and used in a different way. 

High Tech Knitting Yarn

Continuing on the theme of knitting, I discovered this great high tech knitting yarn this week which has 3M reflective thread twisted in with the chunky acrylic yarn. It is called Lumio Reflective and when knitted it creates a fabric that has flecks that reflect light. It comes in black, red plus a range of fluorescent colours including pink, lime and orange. At around £8 for a 150g ball it isn’t cheap but the manufacturers claim there is enough yarn in one ball to make a beanie hat. The yarn might be more cost effective to use in schools for small areas such as for couching or for tassels or pompoms. The yarn is a great way of showing how a traditional technique like knitting is keeping up to date with the development of high tech yarns. If you have STEM or G&T funding why not set up a knitting club and get students designing and making beanie hats and other small projects. 

How Do Reflective And Fluorescent Materials Work?

The Lumio knitting yarn mentioned above is a good way of introducing modern materials and if you are looking for some background information on how reflective and fluorescent materials work visit http://goo.gl/qtOHG4 . The website is about child safety when walking to school but it has some good factual information and a range of products that could be discussed and analysed. 

The use of reflective and fluorescent materials and components often appeals to boys and these can easily be added into existing projects you are already running. Reflective tapes and materials can be bought from http://www.chesterford.co.uk 

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Course Updates

My next course is on Monday 10th February focusing on maximising the performance of G&T students. This course is aimed at any D&T subject specialist. 

If you couldn’t attend the E-Textiles course that took place this week an additional date has now been added which is Monday 2nd June. 

For more details on these and other courses visit http://goo.gl/z5MlKL 

3D Printing

3D printing has been around since the 1980s but it is only in the last few years that it has increased its profile and become more accessible to schools. The growth of this area opens up some exciting developments for the D&T classroom, although at the moment there are a number of constraints such as how long it takes to print even quite small objects. 

If you are thinking of investing in this technology take a look at this report by the DfE on the potential of 3D printing in schools http://goo.gl/zUph8V .  

If you aren’t lucky enough to have a 3D printer at the moment below are some links that will help students understand what 3D printing is and its potential impact on designing and manufacturing in a range of materials areas. Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teacher

http://wp.me/pDKps-9LY  - 10 different uses of 3D printers, from houses to food, to clothing and artificial limbs 

http://3dprintingindustry.com/?p=22566 - See a 3D printed house beingconstructed as part of a project started on January 6th this year. Follow their progress at http://3dprintcanalhouse.com   (via ‏@DavidBarlex on Twitter) 

http://goo.gl/ErFeAp - There are lots 3D printed textiles items but many aren't truely wearable because of their rigid structure. Electroloom are currently working on the development of a range of wearable 3D clothing products made of natural and synthetic fibre. They hope to launch these at the end of the year; keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/Electroloom 

http://gu.com/p/3ym7k - Barilla, the Italian world top pasta seller, is embracing 3Dprinting to create custom made pasta

Forget 3D printing, 4D printing is on its way! 4D printing takes 3D printing one step further by allowing 3D printed materials to be programmed to self assemble into different shapes over time or when triggered by an external stimulus. Find out more at http://goo.gl/eb44WY . See how 4D printing will enable the production of materials that drape and fold and which are particularly suitable for use in clothing http://boingboing.net/?p=270979  (via @DavidBarlex on Twitter).  


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

What’s Your Teaching Style?

Here is an amusing take on teaching styles as illustrated by dogs and cats. Watch the video through to the end as it is worth it! Which is your style?!  http://goo.gl/VcKf4B

Silence Is Golden?

Do you prefer students to work very quietly, or is your classroom a hustle and bustle of noise? This is an interesting article on the impact sound has on different parts of the brain. The article claims moderate noise levels are good for creativity and that listening to classical music can potentially improve visual attention. Contrary to popular belief much of the research in the article suggests that we perform less successfully in complete silence http://goo.gl/dQkNth .

In the past I have used music quite a lot in lessons for a variety of different purposes. One example was asking students to choose their favourite song and these would be played as students arrived to the lesson. At the end of the lesson the learning was logged against the music and when it came to revision playing the music back was a great revision prompt back to the original lesson. Even now when I hear certain tracks on the radio it takes me back to particular lessons with particular groups! 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Sharpie Fabric Pens

Have you seen the new fabric pens by Sharpie called ‘Stained’? They are brush tipped fabric markers that Sharpie say work on most fabric surfaces. They are available in 8 bold colours and are washable and fade resistant. Staples currently have an offer on where you get a free white cap to decorate with every purchase. 

Useful Links

http://goo.gl/qx6ZPs - see how jute is used as a geo textile for roads in India 

http://nyti.ms/KGZvH8 - some great images of industrial machinery in the Fruits of the Loom factory in America

http://goo.gl/0gJhuA - some really interesting facts on the use of Spandex in Star Trek costumes 

http://goo.gl/mpSqYu - here’s some knitted products with a difference; knitted anatomy


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The new KS3 curriculum, drip feed revision & bizarre pet products

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Preparing For The New KS3 Curriculum

If you are starting to think about the new KS3 curriculum ready for September take a look at this short video clip from the D&T Association which gives a good summary of how things are different. http://youtu.be/5AVo8M64Cr8 

The D&T Association also have advice and support on their website at http://goo.gl/hauNsu

If you are a textiles teacher looking for support to develop your KS3 curriculum take a look at my course on 9th June at http://goo.gl/z5MlKL . If there is sufficient demand additional dates will be added for this course so if you can’t make the date just let me know. 

Packaging With A Difference

I came across these interesting links on packaging this week. They might be of particular interest to teachers of graphics but are relevant to all D&T teachers as examples of thinking differently. 

http://goo.gl/jt5uMf - this egg box is a great example of a really common, everyday product that has been redesigned. This is a great starting point for looking at other common products and considering how they might be redesigned. 

http://goo.gl/STL8tx  - this article shows a range of different packaging designs for a variety of products. There are more egg box designs so this is a good article to use in conjunction with the link above. There are also examples of packaging in a range of materials

http://www.bagflag.com  - this is a product that can be used as a promotional flag at events and which also quickly transforms into a carrier bag. Getting students to think about designing products with a dual use is a good way of encouraging them to design a more unusual product. 


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Drip Feed Revision

It is that time of year when most teachers are focusing on coursework and Controlled Assessment without really thinking too much about revision. Research tells us, however, that the earlier students start to revise the more likely it is they will retain the information. Revision is often viewed negatively by students who see it as boring and difficult.  It may seem very early to start revision right now but there is a technique I have used for a number of years that has proven very successful in getting students to engage in revision, as well as getting them to start to revise much earlier. The good news is it doesn’t involve lots of extra work for the teacher, could give you ready made starters & plenaries, as well as providing you with homework tasks for the foreseeable future. 

The idea is that students do 5 minutes of revision per day for D&T. If students started this week and did this every day, including weekends, until the beginning of May, they would have done over 8 hours of revision. The 5 minutes per day might include a range of different things e.g. answering a question, looking up a keyword on the internet, reading a page in a book, testing a friend, analysing a product, creating a keyword card etc. The idea is that students get into the habit of thinking about D&T and the exam each day to the point where they do it without thinking. Obviously students could choose to do one 35 minute homework slot instead of 5 minutes over 7 days. This is okay but it is important to understand that part of the success of this strategy is that 5 minutes per day feels like no time at all and it is the repetitive habit done each day that helps embed the habit of thinking about D&T in everyday situations. 

It can be useful to give students suggestions of 5 minute tasks they can do each day but generally students engage more if they have an element of choice. Some sort of worksheet or other guidance can help students with their choices and it is also good for students to suggest ideas to be included on any list of tasks. 

There are several ways to monitor this type of revision. Students could be required to keep a log of what they did each day. This might take their total homework time up to an hour. They could also to share and discuss their learning in pairs or groups as part of a starter or plenary. They could also create a learning board with key points they want to share with the class.

This technique works well with students who are traditionally reluctant to revise and is particularly useful with C/D borderline students. It is also effective with more able students if the timings are gradually increased as the exam gets closer. For more able students in particular this helps them develop a more efficient revision timetable rather than just trying to cram a lot of revision in before the exam.

If you are looking for more ideas on how to support the learning of G&T students take a look at my course on 10th February. This is aimed at any subject specialism in D&T. There will also be textiles specific ideas on revision in my course on 8th March. For more information on both courses visit http://goo.gl/z5MlKL  

If you are a textiles teacher considering booking me to come into your school to do some revision with your students, please bear in mind that I am already getting quite booked up for March and April, so if you don’t want to be disappointed get in touch soon. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk  

Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

 Pet Products With A Difference!

Pet products are a popular choice when students are designing and making textiles items. Inspire students to design something a bit different to the traditional cat basket, horse blanket and dog coat by showing them these links (and yes, they are all serious products!)

http://goo.gl/jfyvR7 - high vis jackets for chickens. Visit www.omlet.co.uk as they also do tweed ones as well! (via Margaret Moorhouse)

http://www.hidez.com.au - horse compression suits that improve circulation and injury recovery time (basically its a Speedo Fastskin suit for a horse!) 

http://goo.gl/DziaIA  - Onsies for a horse designed to cut down irritation from insects

Out Of This World Wearables

Last week I mentioned a couple of e-textiles links following on from the planning I am doing for my e-textiles course on 23rd January (http://goo.gl/z5MlKL). At the moment the types of things our students can make in the classroom with e-textiles is limited by the types of components that can be bought and their cost. This means much of what students make is gimmicky with the LEDs adding limited added value. Here are a couple of links that show that e-textiles in the real world is more than just a gimmick. If you are doing any e-textiles work include some ‘out of the box’ design work where students can experiment with their ideas even though they can’t make the products in school. Who knows one day they might remember their design and be the creator of the next medical healthcare product or astronaut suit. 

http://goo.gl/9uHWSw  - how wearables will impact on healthcare

http://goo.gl/Nce4i9  - a spacesuit designed for travel to Mars (via @WIRED, @DavidBarlex  on Twitter)

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Ofsted outstanding, behaviour management & e-textiles

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I hope everyone has had a great start to the new year. This is always a busy term with coursework deadlines and exam preparation so hopefully my blog over the next few months will help save you some time when lesson planning. If you are looking for new ideas and inspiration take a look at the courses I am running over the next 6 months at http://goo.gl/z5MlKL. They include courses D&T teachers generally, including maximising the performance of G&T students, and raising the achievement of boys in D&T. The next course takes place in a couple of weeks and is for textiles teachers who want to develop their knowledge of e-textiles. Other textiles courses later in the year include one on exam revision, outstanding T&L, and ones on KS3 and A level textiles. Don’t forget there is a calendar of courses but any course can be put on at my venue in Nottingham at a date to suit you at no extra cost. Email me at julie@julieboyd.co.uk  with your course requirements. 


 Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Fletcher Capstan Collapsible Table

This is link to a series of videos showing the Fletcher Capstan collapsible table. It highlights the importance of CAD/CAM and not only shows how the table is made but also looks at the materials that have been chosen and why. The most surprising aspect is that the table is made out of large sections of honeycomb aluminium even though it gives the impression of a solid wood table. The designer goes on to talk about other materials that can be used as well as how it is shipped to clients.http://fletchertables.com/videos/ 

What Makes An Outstanding D&T Lesson?

Eugene Haynes from Swindon recently had an Ofsted inspection and his observed lesson was judged as outstanding (congratulations Eugene!). The feedback session was with an inspector who was a D&T specialist and Eugene has summarised the points she made about what makes an outstanding D&T lesson. The document can be viewed in the ‘files’ section of the Facebook group called ‘Sarah Middleton - Food Technology Teacher’s Network’ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/326479254099822/). The file is called 'Outstanding Lessons - Discussions from Ofsted Dec 2013’. This is a closed group so you will need to request membership. If you don’t teach Food don’t be put off as there is always loads of excellent information for D&T teachers generally. 


Focus on T&L:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Reviewing Your Behaviour Management Strategies

We all know that end of holiday feeling when the last few days of the break are spoilt by a growing dread of going back to work! We all have different reasons for this; for me it is the early mornings and getting up and coming home in the dark often with little sight of the daylight in between! 

For many this sense of dread is caused by the thought of having to face difficult classes with challenging behaviours. Even just one challenging group a week can be enough to fill you with dread. Sometimes it can feel like the whole week revolves around that group and it can make you loose sight of the better groups and the successes you have. 

Behaviour management is a constant theme for all teachers. Even those of us with a lot of years of experience under our belts can experience problems. It is important to be constantly reflective about this area and to be open about new strategies and ideas. 

If you have no real problems with behaviour management don’t let that make you become complacent. Use your reflections to help you identify exactly what you do that makes a difference so that you are more self aware and able to draw on these strategies when you do come across a more challenging group. This will also enable you to support someone who finds behaviour management more difficult. You will be more able to identify the strategies that work for you rather than it seeming like you don’t have to work at it at all (which is very rare). 

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Two useful articles to look at are http://goo.gl/zNyjgA  and http://goo.gl/P4ZHg4  both of which have some useful reflection points and tips. I have summarised some of the points in an easy to remember format using the word ’smile’.  I have chosen this word as smiling more is something that is quick and easy to change but it can have a surprising impact. Even a false smile can break down barriers and confrontation; it can show your personality, make you seem more approachable and reduce anxiety and stress in both parties. Smiling makes you feel different personally and makes the person you are interacting with react differently. 

A smile certainly isn’t an instant solution for every situation but it is very useful to reflect on how you can use this as a behaviour management technique. Do you smile often? Do you greet students at the beginning of a lesson with a smile? What makes you smile during a lesson? Do you have a bias towards boys / girls / well behaved / badly behaved students? Which students respond positively to a smile? 

S  - step outside your comfort zone & do something different especially if what you currently do isn’t working 

M - make learning interesting so students want to engage

I   - 'I like you’ should be what you think about individuals; see beyond the behaviour to the real person

L  - language use is important e.g. say ’thank you’ not ‘please’ as this indicates expectation 

E  - engage with students as individuals; find out what interests them and ask about it (even if it doesn’t interest  you!) 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Textiles Postcard Competition Winner & Runners Up

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See the details on the winner and runners up for my Textiles Postcard competition at http://goo.gl/6PsYjF . The competition was a delight to judge with some high quality and unusual pieces of work. Deciding on the winner was very difficult, so much so that additional prizes were added to acknowledge the hard work of some of the students. There were far too many entries for me to be able to acknowledge each student and teacher, but thank you to anyone who worked with their students on this project. There will be other competitions in the future, so keep a look out for details. 

FREE Overlocker Course 21st January

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The venue in Nottingham that I use for my courses has several FREE places on a one day overlocker course on 21st January. They have planned a new course and want to test it out, which is why it is free. If you are interested contact Rose Coles on 0115 9881550 and mention my name. I have done an overlocker course at the venue myself in the past and it was very good especially as overlockers can do much more than just neaten an edge. It is well worth signing up for if this is a machine you lack confidence with. 

E-textiles

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2014 is being predicted as a big year for wearable technology and this article is a good summary of some of the key developments. The products mentioned help show that e-textiles is not just a gimmick and that it is here to stay http://goo.gl/310bz6  

You might have seen the new advert for the Mercedes-Benz E63 that uses e-textiles in the driver’s suit http://youtu.be/nq4Po4RRRqY. The LEDs react to sound making the suit interactive. The advert is a little gimmicky but it makes a great introduction to an e-textiles lesson. Use the advert to engage students, and the article to encourage them to think about the functional uses of e-textiles that add value to a product. 

If you are looking for ideas on how to use e-textiles in your classroom, along with time to build your own skills, confidence and resources take a look at the course I am running on 23rd January http://goo.gl/z5MlKL. Also take a look at my free to download tutorials and projects at http://goo.gl/yMJZDv 

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