Tools of the Trade
By: Siri Kataram

Here is an overview of the tools I have learned of the past week:





*The IB Design Cycle


Edmodo is a free learning management system that helps students interact with each other and the teacher. They use this to help ask about or do an assignment that they would have and even ask questions. The benefits of this tool is the ability to communicate with other students and the teacher about any problems you might have.


Remind is a  tool used by teachers to "remind" student through via email or messages about ay homework or projects. First the teachers need to make an account  for the whole class then the student can sign up for email or phone messages. Finally for the assignments your teachers tells you to do you will get a message after you go home to do the specific assignment.Basically the benefits are that teacher will be able to remind you through remind to do the homework or project in case you forget about it. is a website where many people use to create INFOgraphics which is a visual representation of data. I can use for other classes like for my spanish project about other counties hispanic culture and activities. The benefits are that is is a different way of presenting work from the normal powerpoint or word. This is also a benefits to company officials for presenting a idea or product to the board of officials or the industry.


Tackk is a free learning website which is used to make creative webpages. It is mainly used for announcements or advertising products through technology on the internet.I can use this at school for technology or other classes that might require me to do a presentation this word be a better alternative than powerpoint or word.

Design Cycle

Inquiring and Analyzing

The students should be able to :

i. Explain and justify the need for a solution to a problem for a specified client or target audience.

Ex: My car wont start and my car wont start and my kids need to go to school.

ii. Identify and prioritize the primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution to the problem.

Ex:Primary: The car. Secondary: auto dealership, internet, manual.

iii. Analyze a range of existing products that inspire a solution to the problem.

Ex:You can buy a new car or ride a bike, bus, or motorcycle.

iv. Develop a detailed design brief which summarizes the analysis of relevant research.

Ex:I found out my car wont work. I looked at the hood and saw there was no problem. Then I called AAA.

Developing ideas

The students should be able to:

i. Develops design specification which clearly states the success criteria for the design of a solution.

Ex: Make the car is reliable and the service is good. Make sure are no problems but testing it.

ii. Develop a range of feasible design ideas which can be correctly interpreted by others.

Ex: I can ride a bike. Tel kids to walk to school. Get car fixed. Get a carpool from friend. BUY A NEW CAR!!!

iii. Present the final choice design and justify its selection.

Ex: I m going to go to the dealership and ask them to fix it.

iv. Develop accurate and detailed planning drawings/diagrams and outline the requirement for the creation of the chosen solution.

Ex: It has to be navy blue charger and with a good radio and AC system.

Creating the solution

The students should be able to:

i.Construct a logical plan, which describes the efficient use of time and resources

Ex: *Save up enough money

*Go to the dealership

*Wait an hour

*Sign papers and tow truck

*Mechanic finds the problem

*Money estimate to fix


*He fixes it

*You pay and take your car.

ii. Demonstrate excellent technical skills when making the solution.

Ex: Make sure you get a good mechanic.

iii. Follow the plan to create the solution, which functions as intended.

Ex: Make sure you get a good mechanic.

iv. Fully justify changes made to the chosen design and plan when making the solution.

Ex: Any changes I make I must write down.

v. Present the solution as a whole, either: 1. In electronic form or

b. Through photographs of the solution from different angles, showing details.

Ex: The guy gives me the car fixed.


The students should be able to:

i. Design detailed and relevant testing methods, which generate data, to measure the success of the solution.

Ex: We try to turn it on and off and see that it works and that it can drive.

ii. Critically evaluate the success of the solution against the design specification.

Ex: The car works and it is all fixed like I like it because of the deign specification.

iii. Explain how the solution could be improved.

Ex: It could have been improved if I bring it to the dealership when I saw it was going bad and it was making sounds.

iv. Explain the impact of the solution on the client or target audience.

Ex: My car is now fixed and I could get to places where I need to go.

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