Careers posters, concept cars, Christmas tree revision, & e-textiles

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The shops are going mad for Black Friday so I thought I might as well join in! I will be launching my latest FREE resource via my Facebook page on Friday 27th November. The resource will only be available via the link on my Facebook page and it will only be available until Sunday 13th December. 

The resource consists of 28 #ThinkDo activities, 20 that are relevant across D&T generally and 8 textiles specific ones, and includes instructions on how the cards might be used. This is the second set of #ThinkDo cards I have given away and these cards are all different to the previous ones. Many of the cards have appeared on my Facebook page this half term but there are a couple that have not been featured. Even if you have been downloading each card as it has appeared on Facebook you still might want to take a look at this resource as the cards are presented in a PowerPoint presentation which makes them easy to find, print or add into a lesson presentation. 

‘Like’ my Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss out on this free resource when it is released


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#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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#ThinkDo #Revision Industrial overlocker. What does this machine do that makes it different to an ordinary sewing machine? Where might it be used on a textiles product?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

See #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook 


Did you see my Facebook page this week?

This week’s Facebook updates have included: 

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Careers Posters

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Following on from the free engineering posters I mentioned in last week’s blog take a look at these careers posters. Unfortunately they aren’t free but they are fairly reasonably priced and are a good solution if you are looking for a quick display. There are a range of individual career areas as well as a poster for D&T as a whole and you can buy individual posters or a set. You can also choose from A3 or A2 sizes or go for a large scale banner. Visit http://www.careercharts.co.uk for more information. 


The Car Industry

I have mentioned the BMW's ‘Gina' before but it has recently been featuring in the news again. The concept car has a body made of a flexible, stretchable, water resistant, translucent, man-made polyurethane coated spandex fabric which is stretched over a flexible aluminium wire frame which can change shape. The car is designed to challenge the traditional ideas behind what a car looks like and how it is made. 

Watch the original video from 2008 http://bit.ly/1GtvzJ2

More recent publicity for the car on the BMW website including how the concept car has influenced current car design http://bit.ly/1lke4Dh (via Abbie Joanne)

More from BMW on how the auto industry is having to be more innovative in how cars are manufactured with the growth of automation alongside new environmental standards. http://goo.gl/EEA07I

Renault concept car and how the company use unusual approaches to design to investigate new developments for the future http://bit.ly/1OtSuWB


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

A Beginners Guide to Electronics 
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool FINAL WEEK TO BOOK THIS DATE
Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York. Although this is a textiles biased course it may also be on interest to non specialists (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Revision Ideas 

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The shops have been decorated with Christmas decorations for quite a while now and it is common to see unusual decorations, including upside down Christmas trees and dresses made out of Christmas tree branches. The photo on the right shows one of these in a local shop near me. For textiles teachers this is a great Christmas themed design activity. 

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With revision for mock exams taking place in many schools why not put your Christmas tree to good use as a revision tool? Get students to make revision based decorations with keywords or exam questions. Luggage tags are good for writing and drawing onto if you don’t want students to waste time drawing Christmas shaped tags. Alternatively decorate the tree with keywords, or exam answers and then give students definitions or exam questions and get them to find the matching pair. If you don’t have space for a full Christmas tree try hanging a smaller one off a wall or door. 

On the theme of revision I have mentioned Wilkos range of revision cards before and I spotted a new one this week in the form of an index card folder. It consists of a set of cue cards stored in an A6 sized wallet that includes a flap on the inside front cover and a set of page dividers. At £1 it is good value for students to buy or as prizes, or why not use it as the inspiration for students to make their own folder, either as part of D&T revision or during tutor time. 

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Want more ideas like this? Looking for a course on exam technique? There is an A level textiles course on 7th December (Nottingham) and a GCSE textiles one on 27th January in Liverpool, and 12th March (which is Saturday) in Nottingham. Although these are textiles specific courses there will be lots of information and ideas that will be useful to take back to school for use in other areas of D&T. 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

E-textiles: Designing the Future

When I first read about Cute Circuit’s collaboration with Easy Jet to create uniforms with integrated LEDs and wearable technology I thought it was a publicity stunt. It seems, however, that the uniforms are real and are to be introduced in 2016 on a trial basis. 

The uniforms have LEDs on the shoulders and hems to give additional lighting in an emergency, as well as LEDs on the lapels to display information such as flight numbers and destinations, along with built in microphones that will make it easier for the crew to communicate with each other and passengers. Not to be outdone engineers will also get jacket hoods with LEDs to provide hands free illumination, and integrated air quality sensors to help monitor the environment they work in. The design of the cabin crew uniform does look a bit more like something out of a bad 80s space programme, but the engineers jackets are actually quite cool. 

This would make a great discussion point to get students to think about the functionality of e-textiles along with discussions on how well designed the uniform is, and what types of design restrictions Cute Circuit might have faced when working on the garments. This might also be a good homework or lesson activity with students designing wearables for users in different roles such as the police, fire fighters and anyone else who has to wear a uniform. 

http://www.ecouterre.com/?p=109057 Easy Jet electronics uniform

Something else to look at is Project Jacquard which is a project by Google weaving conductive yarn into fabrics. The ultimate aim is to integrate integrating computing into materials and clothing. http://goo.gl/NwXDU3 (via Kate Findley).

Our current students will be the wearables designers of the future and it important our curriculum increasingly reflects this to kick start their interest. Find out more about how to introduce e-textiles into your curriculum at the FREE 2 day course I am running at the STEM Centre in York on 11th and 12th December (the course and accommodation is free if you work in a state funded school). The application process is just a form to fill in and if you get accepted onto the course you automatically get the bursary so there is no risk your school will end up out of pocket. Student teachers can also apply by booking through their placement school. There’s not long left to book, and it’s not often you get something for nothing so take a look at the details at https://goo.gl/FkVPF8


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles
7 Dec Nottingham 3 places left - final week to book

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
9 Dec, Nottingham
Not long left to book

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

An introduction to A level Product Design Textiles 
9th January 2016 10am - 4pm NEW SATURDAY COURSE

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam
27 January 2016, Liverpool 
12 March 2016, Nottingham NEW SATURDAY COURSE

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 
6th February 2016, Nottingham 
NEW SATURDAY COURSE

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
27 February 2016, Parsons Green, London NEW SATURDAY COURSE
Includes free set of 11 A2 posters on designing & making in textiles

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 1st & 2nd July 2016 (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free.

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


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