Tools of the Trade
- -The IB Design Cycle
Edmodo is a educational website that serves as communication between students and teachers. Assignments, pictures, and documents can be uploaded, assigned, and shared.
To Use Edmodo:
- Post questions and comments you may have.
- Upload or assign assignments
- Take or assign quizzes and tests
- Save documents to share or transport
- Use the planner to organize your schedule
- Easily communicate with teachers and students
- Organize your school schedule with the planner
- You are notified when assignments are due
- Simple and easy to use
Remind is a tool that teachers can use to send their students text message reminders!
To Use Remind:
- Visit remind.com
- Sign up with your phone number and teacher info or if you are a teacher create a group
- You can now send /receive text message notifications
- Easy to sign up
- Receive/Send text message notifications that will help you remember your assignments
Easel.ly is a website you can register for free to. It can be used to create exciting info graphics to display your info in a fun way!
How to use Easel.ly
- Register for Easel.ly
- Watch the informational video to help you get started
Benefits of Easel.ly
- Create fun info graphics
- Keeps peoples' attention
- Easy to use
Tack can be used to create your own blog, share ideas, sell things, or present school assignments.
To use Tackk:
- Sign up
- Start with a template or blank canvas
- Create you ideas
Benefits of using Tackk:
- Unique way to share you information
- Easy to create blogs
- Simple and easy
The design Cycle
The design cycle can be used to solve problems. It is a 4 step process, with sub-parts. The design cycle can be used in school as well as in everyday life .
- Just follow each step (see below)
- Easily solve problems
- Easy to use
- Can be applied to most situations
Inquiring and Analyzing
Explain and justify the need for a solution to a problem for a specified client/target audience
- My car wont start and I need to go places
Identify and prioritize the primary and secondary research needed to develop a solutionto the problem
- Examine the car
Analyze a range of existing products that inspire a solution to the problem
- New Car? Car Shop? Mechanic? New Parts?
Develop a detailed design brief which summarizes the analysis of relevant research.
- My car wont start, I need to examine it and figure out whats wrong so that I can fix it. I did some research and discovered I could get a new car or call a mechanic.
Develop a design specification which clearly states the success criteria for the design of a solution
- The new car must have good milage, look nice, and run smoothly
Develop a range of feasible design ideas which can be correctly interpreted by others
- Mercedes? KIA? Corvette? AudiR8? Aston Martin?
Present the final chosen design and justify its selection
- I chose the Aston Martin because it fits my specifications.
Creating the solution
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
- Step 1: Drive to Dealer Step 2: Sign contract Step 3: NEW CAR!
Demonstrate excellent technical skills when making the solution
- Went to a certified dealer
Follow the plan to create the solution, which functions as intended
- Check off the to do list
Fully justify changes made to the chosen design and plan when making the solution
- I ordered the car instead because it was out of stock at the dealers
Present the solution as a whole, either: in electronic form, or through photographs of the solution from different angles, showing details.
- Show off car to friends and family
Design detailed and relevant testing methods, which generate data, to measure the success of the solution
- Test drive car
Critically evaluate the success of the solution against the design specification
- The car was bought and the problem was solved successfully
Explain how the solution could be improved
- The solution could be improved by buying a cheaper car
Explain the impact of the solution on the client/target audience
- The new car made my life a whole lot easier!