Tools of the Trade

Cutter Halsey


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.

Ex:Edmodo is a way to talk to teachers and know what is due what day.


Our product enables you to safely and efficiently interact with students and parents about important information relating to the classroom and school activities. Remind is safe and easy because teachers can engage students and parents without needing to upload cell phone numbers and without having to give their personal phone numbers out.

Ex:Remind is a free communication platform built for teachers.

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 info graphics are produced using the site every month. 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.


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.

The 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. The Design Cycle starts with an INVESTIGATION of an issue or topic. The next step is toPLAN and DESIGN what you think will give you the product or outcome that you are looking for. The next step is to CREATE the product (or to put the plan that you have come up with into action). Finally, you will EVALUATE your process, determine whether or not it was a success and finally reflect on how or what you could have done differently to obtain a different outcome. Below is a brief description of each part of the Design Cycle.

Inquiring & Analyzing

Explain and justify the need for a solution.Identify and prioritize primary and secondary.Analyze a range of existing products that inspire a solution to the problem.Develop a detailed design brief.

Ex:So you can use your computer.

Computer scan. Go talk to computer company. Go to a repair shop.

Go to a public place to use a computer.

Use someone else’s computer

I am not sure what is wrong with my computer I did a computer scan and found viruses in my computer.

Developing ideas

Develop a design specification.Develop a design specification.Present a final chosen design and justify its selection.Develop accurate planning/drawings and outline the requirements.

Ex:Get a new computer,Try to fix the old one,Get a pc

Find out how much it cost to get a new computer.

How much it is to repair the computer.

*Get a new computer

*Throw out the old computer

*Repair the old computer

Creating the solution

Construct a plan.Demonstrate excellent technical skills.Follow plan..Justify any changes to the plan.Present the solution



Design relevant testing methods which generates data and measure success of solution.Evaluate success of solution against design specifications.Explain how it could be improved.Explain the impact of the solution on the audience/client

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