Silicone wedding rings, using Pinterest, & engineered textiles

It was a crazy week last week because of The Textiles Teacher Event on Saturday and I ran out of time to do my weekly blog but things are back to normal this week. 

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Although The Textiles Teacher Event is a huge amount of work, it was a fantastic day and well worth it with 40 teachers celebrating everything textiles. We considered how we can embrace the curriculum changes at KS3, 4 and 5, whilst still retaining the unique identity of textiles. There was lots of hands on activities, including STEM textiles and e-textiles, as well as prizes, displays, and time to network and chat. There will be more details about the event on the website soon but for now you can see a snapshot of the event on my Facebook page. The event was so popular we are considering repeating the event early next year in other areas of the country so watch this space! 


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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 #Product Doggy Deli dog treats. What would you design? 

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

Useful Links

http://goo.gl/1XFLJi - ‘zippered’ flat material structures based on origami that create strong structures that fold away flat

http://goo.gl/R3JMHR - a digital clock that displays mathematical problems that need to be solved in order to find out the time

http://goo.gl/5bE3aZ - interesting article on how Pantone became the language of colour

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http://qalo.com - silicone wedding rings

http://goifetch.com - iFetch, a product that keeps your pet entertained by playing ‘fetch’ with it so you don’t have to!


Have you signed the Designed & Made in Britain Petition?

Have you signed the Designed and Made in Britain petition which aims to raise the profile of issues currently threatening D&T? 

The D&T community have been asked to respond to lots of consultations recently, and to fill in lots of forms, but we need to continue to fight for our subject. The petition literally takes just seconds to do. Visit http://svy.mk/1L1kKfJ

The campaign Facebook group is also a good way of keeping up to date with news on what is happening with the campaign. 

See the video about the campaign at http://bit.ly/1jdqNae 

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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 
Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 5 places left  FINAL WEEK TO BOOK

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) 5 places left

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

Have you Discovered Pinterest Yet?

If you haven’t discovered Pinterest yet add it to your ‘to do’ list to investigate it! It is a brilliant D&T tool, and if you and your students are able to access it in school, it is a great T&L tool as well. 

Pinterest gives you the ability to ‘pin’ images from the internet and add them to an online filing system which you can access at any time. Just like a filing cabinet you can store pins in folders, and you can label the images with reminders and notes. The image is saved into your folder along with the weblink where it came from. 

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Pinterest is a useful tool for saving images, a bit like an online moodboard, but as the original weblink is saved it is also a useful research tool which gives you the ability to collate a range of information on a topic. You can ‘follow’ people, which means you can see the pins they share, and this can save you lots of time when searching for useful pins. You can also keep things private so that only you can see your boards. 

Take a look at these 9 ways of using Pinterest in your classroom https://wp.me/p4BuTC-8a5 

Take a look at my Pinterest boards which include a range of D&T focus areas as well as teaching and learning folders



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Textiles and Rugby 

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England might be out of the rugby but that doesn’t stop us from using it as an ‘in the news’ starter, lesson activity or homework. 

One of my recent #ThinkDo cards focused on promotional products produced for the World Cup and the links below are also useful for further research:

http://blog.rugbystore.co.uk/?p=1957 - technology used in the rugby World Cup jerseys

http://goo.gl/LyG12U - evolution of the rugby kit

http://www.rugbyfootballhistory.com/ball.htm - history of the rugby ball


Textiles, Fashion and Engineering

With the curriculum changes, and the Designed and Manufactured in Britain campaign, there is lots of mention of engineering around at the moment. Lots of people don’t link textiles to engineering, including many textiles teachers themselves. Engineering is, however, a key part of key part of textiles and a is something we teach every day even if we don’t realise it. Fibre development, fabric construction, fabric properties, fabric choice, fabric testing, dyeing, smart and modern textiles, and performance wear are just a few of the textiles engineering areas that make up a textile teacher’s day. 

We need to educate others about these strong links between textiles and engineering to encourage them to value textiles as being more than just a bunch of girls sewing! 

This week there was an interesting short article on the part engineering plays in fashion, and how the engineering community are missing a trick on engaging girls in particular. The article is great to show to any engineers who think fashion and textiles isn’t linked to engineering, as well as being a good reminder to textiles teachers that fashion and engineering go hand in hand. http://wp.me/p6Kbi2-CD

Royal academy of engineering

If you still aren’t convinced of the links between fashion, textiles and engineering visit the Royal Academy of Engineering website and type ‘fashion’ or ‘textiles’ into their search bar. Also do the same on the Tomorrow’s Engineers and Future Morph websites (and visit the dedicated textiles and fashion page on the last website at http://www.futuremorph.org/?p=3115)

There is also an engineering and fashion poster to download at https://goo.gl/k6LWXu 

Why not use this list of 77 different roles in the fashion and textiles industry, many of which combine creativity and engineering, to showcase all the different roles in textiles beyond the most commonly known role of designer http://goo.gl/QNNSyC?

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Many people also assume that textiles engineering can’t be creative but if you were at The Textiles Teacher Event you will have seen otherwise! If you want to get a better understanding of textiles engineering and how you can use it creatively in your classroom take a look at the FREE 2 day courses running at the STEM Centre in York  (smart and modern materials on 13th & 14th November and e-textiles and basic programming on 11th & 12th December)


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

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), 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.

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles
7 Dec Nottingham 
NEW COURSE

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 - 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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