KitKat, smart materials, assessment, & e-textiles

The free KS3 resource that I mentioned in last week’s blog has been very popular with lots of you downloading it. Thank you to those of you who have shared with me how you have used it with your department. It's great that so many of you were able to use it so quickly and that you found it useful. For anyone who hasn’t downloaded it yet you only have until Friday 12th June so you had better be quick!  

The resource can only be accessed via my Facebook page. ‘Like’ the page to make sure you don’t miss out on future free resources.

To get other resources to support the KS3 curriculum take a look at the course on Leading an Outstanding D&T Department in Nottingham on 23rd June and KS3 New Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T on 3rd July in London


Free Resources
Images, ideas & text in free resources are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 


#ThinkDo

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

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Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 

#ThinkDo #Revision

Soap dispenser by Joseph. How would you redesign a common everyday product? 

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

KitKat Rebranding

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One of the features on my Facebook page this week were the limited edition KitKat packs in association with You Tube. There are 72 different types of 'breaks' replacing the traditional logo. Find out more about this rebrand by visiting http://goo.gl/3gGHqh How many photos of the different types of breaks can your students collect? What ideas can they come up with themselves? See a selection of wrapper photos at http://on.fb.me/1C0Kipd

Linked to this is the battle between Nestle and Cadbury to protect the shape of the KitKat http://goo.gl/7SELWY. What are the wider implications of attempts like these to protect product designs, shapes and colours?


Degree Shows

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Get your students inspired with a visit to a degree show in your area. Visit http://bit.ly/1e5Damg for a summary of degree shows across the country. 

Don’t forget New Designers in London if you want to see a range of work from different universities. Visit http://www.newdesigners.com for more information. 


Smart Materials

http://goo.gl/1o5BKl - Nivea sunscreen doll which changes colour in the sun to teach children about the dangers of the sun. This is a clever use for smart materials although at the moment it is not available to buy and is only a promotional product. You can also see the video on You Tube at http://bit.ly/1JiFLWQ


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 & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool

Leading an Outstanding D&T Department 
Tues 23rd June, Nottingham 2 WEEKS LEFT TO BOOK

A Beginners Guide to Electronics NEW
Wed 1 July (& Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham)

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
Fri 3 July, London

KS3 & 4 Transition: Becoming an 11-16 School NEW
Tues 7 July, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 



Focus on T&L & Leadership

Assessment Systems 

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David Didau makes some interesting points in his blog about assessment in the new KS3 curriculum. Didau says that it is almost impossible to truly map a child’s progression and that all we can hope to do is assess their performance on any given day. He says that because learning isn’t visible, what we do instead is come up with metaphors, like ladders and thermometers, that oversimplify what learning is. He says we therefore need to be very careful not to create a system that could end up doing more harm than good. Didau suggests 8 pointers for teachers to review their assessment and tracking systems against, some of which are in direct contradiction to some of the assessment systems that are being developed in schools. 

Didau’s blog, and the links he lists, might be useful for any department thinking about the assessment systems they are developing http://wp.me/p3KEoH-1V2 

If you are looking for support for developing KS3 assessment systems look at the course on Leading an Outstanding D&T Department in Nottingham on 23rd June and KS3 New Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T on 3rd July in London



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

E-textiles 

Take a look at https://goo.gl/p35X0M to see a moisture sensitive kit that enables you to add a light to your brolley so it lights up when it rains. 

As interesting as this kit is I am not sure quite why you would want a brolley to light up when it rains, especially when the kit costs over £40! Compare this to Unicef’s ‘Wearables for Good’ competition which aims to refocus the design of wearables towards products and systems that help a wider community for social good. 

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The competition is open to anyone, and even if you don’t enter the competition, the idea and some of the resources on the website, might be useful as a starting point for discussion and design activities. In particular the resources and competition might help get students to think beyond e-textiles just being used for gimmicks and luxury items towards how they can solve real design problems for real users. As well as the information on the website there is also a useful handbook to download at http://goo.gl/z7TuqA.

If you are wanting to learn how to use e-textiles a new course has been added to the course calendar on 13th July. Click here for more details.


Fashion Show Video

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http://bit.ly/1MsLerWThis fabulous video made by Katie Ford’s students at The Cedars Upper School in Bedfordshire to promote their up and coming fashion show. It is really well made and as well as advertising the event is a great way of showcasing the department. 


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

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum   Mon 29 June, Nottingham

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Thurs 2 July, London (& Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham) NEW DATE & VENUE

Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum   Mon 6 July, Nottingham

Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners   Wed 8th July, Nottingham

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners
13th July, Nottingham

The Textiles Teacher Event 
Sat 3 October, Nottingham

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School NEW
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?
We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


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