Tools of the Trade

Monica J Aviles


Edmodo is a safe and easy way to connect, share and collaborate with your classmates and teachers on grades and even homework. You can join other classes with a code that is unique for that class and post files, pictures and questions to the whole period or just the teacher. You can add things to your backpack and edit your profile. The benefits of this tool are to better help you become organized in your classes.


Remind is a free and safe way for teachers to text students updates on homework, tests and quizzes. You can use this tool to help you become organized and all you need is a code to signup for notifications and your phone number or email address. The benefits are it helps "remind" you about school work. makes making info-graphics easy to make and free to use. You can use the tools to create a customizable presentation with many different templates and design objects. The benefits of this tool is that it helps making presentations fun and easy to do.


Tackk helps you create free, safe, pages on the web, sort of like Facebook except no one can "like" or "comment" on your page. You can use this tool to create blogs, flyers, or even a poster on a certain issue/topic. The benefits are that you can create a fun and easy way to display your opinions on your own page.

The IB Design Cycle

Inquiring and Analyzing

Students are presented with a design situation, and they need to identify the problem that needs to be solved.

1. Explain & justify the need for a solution.

2. Identify the primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution.

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

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

Developing Ideas

Students write a detailed specification, which drives the development of a solution.
1. Develop a design specification that states the success criteria for the design.

2. Develop a range of feasible design ideas which can be interpreted by others easily.

3. Present the final chosen design and justify its selection.

4. Develop accurate and detailed planning drawings/ diagrams and outline the requirements for the creation of the solution you have chose.

Creating the Solution

Students plan the creation of the chosen solution and follow the plan to create a prototype.

1. Construct a logical plan.

2. Demonstrate excellent technical skills when making the solution.

3. Follow the plan.

4. Fully justify any changes made to the design and plan when making the solution.

5. Present the situation as a whole.


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

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

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

3. Explain how the solution could be improved.

4. Explain the impact of the solution on the client/target audience.

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2 years ago
2 years ago

Thank you! Good job. Did you include a picture for each phase of the design cycle? Is there an example?