Tools of the Trade
Joshua Becker

There are multiple tools of the trade that we have learned about in technology, including:




-The IB Design Cycle


Edmodo is a learning system where students and teachers can interact and talk about assignments and students can do assignments and quizzes assigned on edmodo. Edmodo is used by receiving information from teachers, usually about assignments. The benefits for using edmodo are that you can talk with students and teachers about assignments, even if you were absent that day.

Link to Edmodo. Click "here" to have the link show above it, then click on the link to go to Edmodo.

This is a video explaining how to use edmodo. Nice music playing as well!


Remind is an online tool where you and your parents can be reminded of upcoming due dates for assignments at school. Remind is used by sending emails to you from the teacher about assignment due dates. The benefit of using remind is that you can get free reminders about school assignment due dates for free, in case you forget.

Link to Click highlighted part, then click the URL above it in the black box.

Video explaining how to use remind. :) is an online tool that lets you create info-graphics for free. is used by letting you put a theme, images and text on a page to present ideas. The benefit of using is that you can represent data on an info-graphic.

Link to

Video explaining how to use to make an info-graphic.


Tackk is an easy way to create a web page for others to see. Tackk is used by letting you choose themes, colors, fonts, and a variety of presenting techniques, like a headline or video, to show a fully designed presentation to someone. The benefit of using tackk is you can show a webpage in your own creative way to anybody you want to.

Link to Tackk.

Video explaining how to use tackk.

The IB Design Cycle:

The IB Design Cycle is a process used to solve problems in the real world. You can use the IB Design Cycle to resolve problems in a checklist kind of way. The benefit of using the IB Design Cycle is that you would have a well thought out plan for a solution to a problem you're facing.

Link to explanation of the IB design Cycle here.

Video explaining the design cycle...

-Inquiring and Analyzing:

1. Explain and justify the need for a solution. Example: My car won't start and I need to get places.

2. Identify and prioritize primary and secondary research. Example: Examine the car: Check under the hood, check the tires, check the manual, and call someone with experience.

3. Analyze a range of existing products that inspire a solution to the problem. Example: New battery, buy a new car, call mechanic or car shops, or junk yard parts.

4. Develop a detailed design brief. Example: My car won't start and I need to get places. I need to search the car and figure out what needs to be done for my car to start. I researched and saw that I could get a new car or call certain mechanics.

-Developing Ideas:

1. Develop a design specification. Example: (when calling mechanic) Make sure the service is done correctly, make sure the car runs good before you pay, make sure parts that you paid for are in good condition. (when buying a new car) Test drive, make sure it is what you want and possibly consider other options, test the A/C to see if it works, make sure it has great gas mileage and not a lot of miles, that it is updated, clean, and a good size.

2. Develop a range of ideas that are feasible. Example: A new car, a used car in good conditions, or fix old car.

3. Follow plan. Example: Just check off the to-do list on the construct a plan portion.

4. Develop accurate planning/drawings and outline the requirements. Example: You will have a fixed car that will run properly and get you to places you need to go.

-Creating the Solution:

1. Construct a plan. Example: 1. Call tow truck (5 mins.) 2. Get your car towed to your local car shop. (30 mins.) 3. Get a mechanic (5 mins.) 4. Address the problem (20 mins.) 5. Discuss payments. (10 mins.) 6. Have them fix the problem (1.5 hours) 7. Make sure it's done right. (10 mins.) 8. Pay. (5 mins.)

2. Demonstrate excellent technical skills. Example: Bring a certified mechanic, with updated tools that understands vehicles.

3. Present a final chosen design and justify its selection. Example: Calling a car mechanic would be the best idea because your car would be fixed and you would have the same car you always had to keep for a while longer.

4. Justify any changes to the plan. Example:  If you wanted to bring a drink, then explain why a drink would be necessary.

5. Present the solution. Example: Show it off.


1. Design relevant testing methods which generates data and measure the success of the solution. Example: Test drive and check if new parts are in good condition.

2. Evaluate success of solution against design specifications. Example: My car did get fixed so it was a success but I didn't save much money due to me having to pay.

3. Explain how it could be improved. Example: If you could improve anything, explain in depth what it was and how it would affect your success. If you can't improve anything, then explain how it can't and why you can't.

4. Explain the impact of the solution on the audience/client. Example: We're happy because our car is fixed now and we can go places.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

Nice job!