Tools of The Trade

By Dewan S. Alam P:2

There are many new technologies to help with School or business. These new tools are emerging for a new revolution of work. Here are some of these new tools:


Edmodo is an educational website that takes the ideas of a social network and refines them and makes it appropriate for a classroom. Using Edmodo, students and teachers can reach out to one another and connect by sharing ideas, problems, and helpful tips.

Remind (Formerly Remind101)

Remind 101 is a free service that allows you to send text messages between teachers and groups of students and or parents from your computer, your iPhone, or your Android phone. is a website that features thousands of free infographic templates and design objects which users can customize to create and share their visual ideas online. Using the site is as easy as dragging and dropping design elements, and users can either choose a template from our extensive library, or they can upload their own background image and start from scratch. Over 300,000 users have already registered with, and thousands of infographics are produced using the site every month.


Tackk is a free service that you can use to quickly create simple webpages. Using Tackk you can create a page to announce an important event, to advertise an event, or to show off your best digital works.

IB Design Cycle

The IB-MYP Design Cycle is a system that will help you do your work by following certain steps. The system is useful and easy to understand because it guides you through the steps of how to do your project.

A Inquiring and analysing

Students are presented with a design situation, from which they identify a problem that needs to be solved. They analyse the need for a solution and conduct an inquiry into the nature of the problem.

In order to reach the aims of design, students should be able to:

i. explain and justify the need for a solution to a problem for a specified client/target audience

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

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

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

Example: Your car isn't starting, why not?

B Developing ideas

Students write a detailed specification, which drives the development of a solution. They present the solution.

In order to reach the aims of design, students should be able to:

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

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

iii. present the final chosen design and justify its selection

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

Example: Tow the car to repair, buy a new car, or rent a car.  

C Creating the solution

Students plan the creation of the chosen solution and follow the plan to create a prototype sufficient for testing and evaluation.

In order to reach the aims of design, students should be able to:

i. construct a logical plan, which describes the efficient use of time and resources, sufficient for peers to be able to follow to create the solution

ii. demonstrate excellent technical skills when making the solution

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

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

v. present the solution as a whole, either: a. in electronic form, or

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

Example: Tow the car to repair, find how much it costs, if its reasonable fix it or buy a new car.  

D Evaluating

Students design tests to evaluate the solution, carry out those tests and objectively evaluate its success. Students identify areas where the solution could be improved and explain how their solution will impact on the client or target audience.

In order to reach the aims of design, students should be able to:

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

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

iii. explain how the solution could be improved

iv. explain the impact of the solution on the client/target audience.

Example: Drive the car after repair, or test drive a new car.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

Good job. Did you give an example of the design cycle phases? Did you include a picture for each phase?

2 years ago

Sorry, I fixed it now.