TechDoodles

See TechDoodles shared so far on our blog

There’s reminder when they are released each week posted on our Facebook page along with a link to the page to help you make sure you don’t miss them. 

What are TechDoodles?

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TechDoodles are interactive activities that encourage an informal ‘doodle’, ‘sketchy’, ‘quick notes’ type approach to learning keywords and concepts. They cards can be used in a variety of ways including:

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  • As revision cue cards
  • As a starter or plenary activity
  • As a homework
  • An extension or independent learning activity
  • As a note taking structure with students doing research to find information to summarise onto the handout.
  • Use cards individually or as part of a set of cards focused on an area of learning. 
  • TechDoodles are referred to as ‘cards’ but their Jpeg format means they can be printed out as they are or they can be can be added to documents and PowerPoints. 
  • See TechDoodles shared so far on our blog
  • Follow our Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss notifications for when new cards are released. 


How TechDoodles support teaching and learning 

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  • TechDoodles are based on exam questions and learning related to the GCSE and A level specs but the format is informal with a greater focus on thinking about key concepts and keywords rather than exam questions themselves. 
  • The cards are part of our approach to teaching and learning and in particular focus on metacognition and approaches such as spaced and deliberate practice. The cards compliment other resources we produce such as our #ThinkDo cards. The best way to find out more on how to use the cards, along with our approach to teaching and learning, is to attend one of our courses


More about the cards

There are different styles of cards but they all have a basic common format. 


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The logos act as a quick visual prompt to the activities students are being asked to do, as well as to the type of thinking involved. There are 6 logos each based on our approach to teaching and learning with a metacognitive  focus. Each logo indicates a different level of challenge in a way that is accessible to all students. The #Clues box on the opposite side of the page gives students thinking prompts without giving the answers. 

The heading gives a general indication of the focus of the card. Many are keywords or phrases taken from the curriculum, including KS3, and the GCSE and A level specs. Some, like the one below, have a wider focus, for example, this one focuses on a product analysis activity. 

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Images are included if these are relevant to the activity being carried out, but most cards have blank space for students to carry out the activities.

The #Clues box gives students prompts to what might be included on the card but without giving the answers. This supports weaker students whilst also providing informal self assessment criteria (which is why the information is placed sideways to encourage students to think for themselves first.)

The blank space encourages students to fill them with sketches and notes. There’s no right or wrong approach and students can write and sketch alongside each logo, or they can use the logos as a guide to what they might include on the card with the content being more randomly presented.


Where can I find TechDoodles?

At the moment there are only a limited number of TechDoodle resources as they are currently being developed. Free TechDoodle resources are shared each Sunday on our blog. There’s reminder when they are released each week posted on our Facebook page along with a link to the page to help you make sure you don’t miss them. TechDoodles are also available as part of many of the courses we run.

See TechDoodles shared so far on our blog

Follow our Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss notifications for when new cards are released. 


How TechDoodles developed

If the TechDoodle name looks familiar it’s because some of you may have bought or downloaded free resources in the past. We’ve used TechDoodles in our classrooms for many years and they were originally inspired by a desktop doodle pad designed for bored business people to kill time in the office. Our original sheets were divided up into a number of different short activities which included formal exam questions, informal activities as well as an inspirational quote. 

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The different elements of the original TechDoodle resource eventually went onto inspire 3 separate resources; our #ThinkDo cards which developed the use of exam questions, our Inspire cards with inspirational quotes, along with TechDoodles themselves which retained the informal element of the originals. 


See TechDoodles shared so far on our blog

Follow our Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss notifications for when new cards are released. 

You might find additional materials to support ideas on this page in other sections of the website e.g. Let’s Learn, #ThinkDo, and Free Resources


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