Tools of the Trade
By: Raven Jones

  • Edmodo
  • Remind
  • The IB Design Cycle
  • Tackk


Edmodo is learning management that helps connect all learners with the people and resources they need to resources they need to reach their full potential. With edmodo, you can turn in your work, do activities, and contact teachers. In edmodo, you are able to be reminded, take quizzes, use edmodo planner for when assignments are due, and much more.


Remind is a safe, free way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents. If a student has a test on a day of the week, the teacher can send a message via email or text reminding students to study for a test. Phone numbers are always kept private so communication is 100% safe and secure. Teachers can easily make request and in an instant students and parent can see them.Teachers never see students’ phone numbers. Students never see theirs.  is a tool that helps people create and share visual ideas and information using infographics. You can choose design templates or create your own. You can add graphics, text, and pictures to make your design look good. is perfect for when students have a project.


Tackk is a tool that you can use to create a webpage. On Tackk, you can add headings, and body paragraphs. It has different patterns that you can put in the background, different fonts for the text,  you can add pictures and videos.  You can use Tackk for advertising, or just for fun. Tackk is a simple, easy tool.

The design Cycle

1. Inquiring and Inquiring  (examples)

*The problem is my computer is old when I tried to use it for my homework it was running very slow. I need to get it fixed or get a new one so I will be able to do my homework.

*Research: Try to troubleshoot, Check the age of the computer, Research how often you should get a new computer, Go to a tech store and get feedback.  

* Temporary solutions: Use a friends computer, Go to the library, Use a classroom computer, Use a cellphone.

*Design: I don't know what is wrong with the computer. But I think I may need a new computer but I don’t know where to start in getting a new computer. I been having to use the school computers until I could get it fixed or get a new one.

2. Developing Ideas (examples)

What is needed: Have a way to do homework, email teachers, play games and find a way to get things done. It also must be fast and will be able to store a lot of memory.

What can be done: Get it fixed or get a new one

Plan: If the price is right, get a new computer

3. Creating the Solution

Construct the plan: Try to troubleshoot

Check the age of the computer

Research how often you should get a new computer

Go to a tech store and get feedback

See what your budget is and if the price is right then get the computer fixed and then take the computer home and use it

Demonstrate Technical Skills:  excellent research on computer parts.

Follow the plan: Make sure we check the plan

How can you present the solution: Take the receipt from the shop

Take pictures of the new computer

4. Evaluating

Play around on the computer and use different software’s to see how the computer reacts to it.

Turn on the computer and compare and contrast it to the old computer you had or to the computer before it was fixed

Turn on the computer and compare and contrast it to the old computer you had or to the computer before it was fixed

How could it have improved: I could’ve looked up average prices for computer fixes

How does it impact people: Now people know what to do if they have a computer problem

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