Intelligent Zebra crossing, world’s largest lesson, Jeans for Genes, & an inspirational STEM day event 

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In the summer term we started to investigate new venues following requests to run courses in other parts of the country. We discovered 2 great venues, one in Watford and the other in Putney. There are a couple of courses planned for Watford for this term and already they are proving popular (An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners on 8th October and New KS3 & 4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T on 6th November).  

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We are also in the process of finding a venue in Liverpool and we hope for this to be a regular venue in the future. A couple of courses are already planned (An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners , 14th October and A Beginners Guide to Electronics, 7th December).  

A new e-textiles course date has been added to the course calendar this week in Nottingham following a request for this course from a teacher (3rd November). If there are any particular courses you would like to see added to the calendar, either in one of our new venues or in our regular venue in Nottingham, let us know (email julie@julieboyd.co.uk). Don’t forget we are also happy to run courses during school holidays and at weekends and these are proving increasingly popular with a number of courses running over the summer. 


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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 These jeans are made by cotton & Elastane. What other names is elastane known by? What properties does it add to the 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

Intelligent Zebra Crossing

On a recent trip to Ikea in Nottingham I saw the ‘intelligent’ Zebra crossing used at the entrance to the retail park. The crossing uses road studs that flash when a pedestrian is crossing. The studs are intended to act as a visual warning for motorists at what is a busy crossing. Driver behaviour has reportedly changed following the installation of the studs. Find out more about the studs and the sensors used at http://goo.gl/QkxUmA

While I was at Ikea I was on the look out for the interactive light that Dale Mears recently posted on the Product Design Surgery Facebook Group. The shade opens & closes when a cord is pulled. It’s great as inspiration for an innovative product as well as possible links to biomimicry. See Dale’s video of the light at https://goo.gl/mYvQEd

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D&T Association Summer School

If you are a member of the D&T Association, and you weren’t able to get to the Summer School event held in July, you can see the Keynote sessions for both days on their website. On the first day Ofsted Lead Inspector Diana Choulerton talked about the big picture for D&T and in particular what the subject needs to do to move forward. You can see her speaking at http://goo.gl/2kkqoRYou can also download her PowerPoint presentation at http://goo.gl/eky5xhIf you want to know more about the new GCSE the session the session on the second day is particularly useful (forward to the bit delivered by Andy Mitchell) http://goo.gl/YpMauQ. Both sessions are quite long and have some tough messages but are well worth a look if you want to keep up to date with what is happening in D&T generally. 


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London Festival of Design 19th - 27th September

This is an annual event that aims to promote the city’s creativity and to celebrate design. There are over 400 events and exhibitions in a wide range of design areas. Take a look at what is happening at http://www.londondesignfestival.com. If you are a London school why not showcase your department’s work and link it to the festival? 


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

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

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London 5 places left & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 

New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
6th Nov, WATFORD 7 places left

Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
9th Nov, Nottingham (note change of date)

A Beginners Guide to Electronics Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham 5 places left

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

The World’s Largest Lesson 

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Join teachers in 100 other countries to deliver the world’s largest lesson. Organised by film director Richard Curtis, and in conjunction with the TES, the event marks the launch of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. There are a wide range of lesson plans for different subjects, with a couple being particularly relevant to D&T. The focus of the event is for pupils from aged 8 to 11 but there’s no reason why you can’t use the resources for other age groups. The resources are also good for using at other times of the year. There are a range of teaching resources, including lesson plans, as well as a live lesson published on 29th September.

See the resources at https://www.tes.com/worldslargestlesson/


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Fabulous STEM Day at Uckfield Community Technology College

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In December last year Maggie Brand attended the 2 day course I ran at the STEM Centre in York called Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom. Inspired by the day Maggie ran a STEM event in her school, Uckfield Community Technology College in East Sussex, for 275 year 8 students. The event is featured on my website where Maggie has written a detailed description of the event. Maggie has my utmost admiration for organising such a successful event for so many students! See more about Maggie’s event at http://goo.gl/1zklmx

The course Maggie attended is running again this year at the STEM Centre. The good news is the course is completely FREE if you apply for the Enthuse bursary. The bursary can be applied for by anyone and just requires a form to be filled in. The bursary also covers your accommodation costs as it’s a 2 day event. There will be loads of hands on activities, a visit to the technical textiles department of Leeds Uni, as well as tonnes of resources to take away for your classroom. For more information click on the link below. 

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom 13 & 14th November. This course will also run on 1st & 2nd July 2016. Click here for details on the 2016 course. 

There is also a second FREE course at the STEM Centre focusing on e-textiles. This course is also a 2 day event and takes delegates through the basics of e-textiles through to more advanced skills of basic programming. This course will show you how textiles can cover the electronics element of the KS3 curriculum and it is suitable for non textiles teachers as well as textiles specialists. To get

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming 11th & 12th December 


Jeans for Genes

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18th September is Jeans for Genes day which aims to raise money for children and families affected by genetic disorders by encouraging organisations and schools to wear jeans for the day.  The charity website has a number of resources linked to jeans (although many are more for primary than secondary) as well as resources linked to genes! If your school is taking part in the day it’s a good opportunity to raise money for a good cause whilst also doing a bit of textiles revision!

For information on Jeans for Genes visit www.jeansforgenes.org  

For a great infographic on jeans visit http://www.clothingpoverty.com/jeans 


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

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  22nd September, Nottingham  3 places left

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam
28th September, Nottingham    4 places left

The Textiles Teacher Event  Sat 3 October, Nottingham All 32 original  places are now gone - additional 10 places added but no more can be added after that so book soon to avoid disappointment

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners   Only 2 places left
8th October, Watford

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham 

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners   NEW DATE & VENUE
3rd November, Nottingham

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 13 & 14 November (2 day course), STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website)

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 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 (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom 
1 & 2 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)

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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