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Lesson 8: Design Briefs

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Problem solving can be seen as exercise for the critical brain. Design briefs can be used to pose a problem, but they have to be written effectively to be effective. This site offers a quick lesson in how to write a design brief, but the real trick is coming up with an authentic problem to solve. Design briefs will take practice and it may pay to build a database of design briefs for use in technology education. It is always interesting to see the variety of different solutions that children think of to the same problem.

 

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Rebecca Ferlazzo's curator insight, May 12, 2013 3:56 AM

Design briefs. Help or hinderance in a classroom? While they can be a helpful and creative way for students to learn can they become a hinderance if they are not effectively written, clearly stated and directs or poorly designed? 

Ms Rachael's curator insight, May 30, 2013 7:42 PM

I have recently been introduced to the concept of a design brief and I must say i was impressed.  This site captures the effectiveness of using design briefs in the classroom to allow students to 'discover' their learning.

Joanne's curator insight, June 7, 2013 11:11 PM

This resource has been rescooped from my PLN, as I felt this is a vital skill that I need to develop. The lesson plan focuses on developing appropriate design briefs for technology students. The site provides activities that assist the user to determine the appropriateness of task statements for activities, formats for design briefs and various examples of design briefs.

This resource is a valuable tool in assisting tecahers to write effective design briefs that have a clear task statement and evaluation process.

The Draft Technolgies curriculum states that all young Australians should develop a critical appreciation of the processes through which technologies are developed, they will do this by evaluating how their own solutions and those of others affect users, equity, sustainability, ethics, and personal and social values (ACARA, 2013).

As teachers if we provide students with challenging and effectively written design briefs we will be better eqipped to contribute to achieving this goal.

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25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom's Taxonomy

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25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom's Taxonomy
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Great resource for helping students to ask the right questions.

 

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From Lego to now: The importance of creativity | Teaching Resources - Teach Starter

From Lego to now: The importance of creativity | Teaching Resources - Teach Starter | Critical Literacy in Technology education | Scoop.it
Born in the mid-eighties, and spending my formative years in the nineties, I feel at no disadvantage in the digital realm.
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Creativity is lauded in Blooms Taxonomy as being the highest level of thinking, and when we are creating we are accessing all other levels of thinking simultaneously. By making objectives fun and interesting, teachers can allow students to makes connections from all the information they have gained and form new knowledge relevant to the task.

Building with blocks and other such building toys gives students strengthens planning and problem solving skills while exercising their imagination.

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What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"?

What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"? | Critical Literacy in Technology education | Scoop.it
Recently, I've been noticing that a lot of instructors are under the impression that they are successfully integrating technology, when in fact they are simply using technology. Although this might...

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This article is about digital technology and how it is used and integrated. Are we truly USING technology when it is not integrated? When we ask for assessment that is presented with powerpoint, for example, we could just as easily ask them to write it in a book or make a poster. Digital technology should be used to facilitate collaboration and build high level thinking skills, that is how learning occurs.

 

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Darren Smith's curator insight, April 7, 2013 11:41 PM

An important distinction when considering 1:1.

Monica Lamelas's curator insight, April 8, 2013 10:47 PM

Something to reflect on as we aim to integrate more technology into our course offerings.

Rebecca Ferlazzo's curator insight, May 12, 2013 9:27 PM

An important point to remember when we are considering using technology in the classroom. The integration of technology can be a help in the classroom while simply using technology can become a hinderance. So where do we make that distinction? 

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Mr Mic: Starting from Scratch

Mr Mic: Starting from Scratch | Critical Literacy in Technology education | Scoop.it
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A nice reflection about using Scratch in the classroom, and some thoughts about how one might go about teaching it. The ideas in this post echo my own thoughts.

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Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 1:24 AM
I believe that using Scratch in the classroom is a plausible idea. After engaging in the program myself I can see the benefits of learning programming from a younger age. It is definitely a skill that will be required by many students in the future!
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Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code | Video on TED.com

Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it’s for everyone.
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Why should kids learn to code? At the most basic level it's learning to do stuff to make stuff do stuff we want it to do. It's basic engineering. It's problem solving. It's making the brain work, which is everything!

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Bloom's Apps

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This is a collection of what we call our "Big 5".  These five apps are essential for any classroom and can be used at any level of Bloom's Taxonomy.  Click or tap on the name of an app to see...
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The five most important ed-tech trends at SXSWedu | Digital Blog

The five most important ed-tech trends at SXSWedu | Digital Blog | Critical Literacy in Technology education | Scoop.it
I’ve been on the ground in Austin for the South By Southwest Education Conference & Festival for 22 hours. In that time, I’ve interviewed six people, chatted with many more, and hit the Java Jive in the Hilton four times. Here’s what I see as the biggest trends coming out of the conference. Click headline to read more--
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How to Integrate Technology

How to Integrate Technology | Critical Literacy in Technology education | Scoop.it
This guide is organized into six sections:

Introduction
Why Integrate Tech?
What Is Tech Integration?
How to Integrate Tech Tools
Workshop Activities
Resources for Tech Integration
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They’re Not Digital Natives, They’re Digital Tourists!

They’re Not Digital Natives, They’re Digital Tourists! | Critical Literacy in Technology education | Scoop.it
To all those who claim that all students today are digital “natives,” I beg to disagree.
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Bloomin' Apps

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Includes all the Bloomin' versions in one place!
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This site collates all apps for iphone and android according to the level of thinking they use. They also have an interesting take on blooms taxonomy as not a hierarchy but as a series of cogs. Basically she postulates that as you use the highest order of thinking, "creating", you access all the other orders, and in any activity you tend to go back and forth between the levels of Blooms Taxonomy.

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Amanda Rogers's comment, April 20, 2013 1:19 AM
The site take a different view of Blooms taxonomy. It shows the process as a series of interlocking cogs which show cognitive progress.
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How To Use Pinterest With Bloom's Taxonomy - Edudemic

How To Use Pinterest With Bloom's Taxonomy - Edudemic | Critical Literacy in Technology education | Scoop.it
It's actually quite easy to figure out how to use popular social bookmarking service Pinterest with Bloom's Taxonomy. That is, after you see this guide!
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How pinterest can pique their interest!

This post has a lovely resource on integrating one of the fastest growing social media tools across the curriculum. Definitely worth consideration.

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Lesson 8: Design Briefs

Lesson 8: Design Briefs | Critical Literacy in Technology education | Scoop.it
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Problem solving can be seen as exercise for the critical brain. Design briefs can be used to pose a problem, but they have to be written effectively to be effective. This site offers a quick lesson in how to write a design brief, but the real trick is coming up with an authentic problem to solve. Design briefs will take practice and it may pay to build a database of design briefs for use in technology education. It is always interesting to see the variety of different solutions that children think of to the same problem.

 

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Rebecca Ferlazzo's curator insight, May 12, 2013 3:56 AM

Design briefs. Help or hinderance in a classroom? While they can be a helpful and creative way for students to learn can they become a hinderance if they are not effectively written, clearly stated and directs or poorly designed? 

Ms Rachael's curator insight, May 30, 2013 7:42 PM

I have recently been introduced to the concept of a design brief and I must say i was impressed.  This site captures the effectiveness of using design briefs in the classroom to allow students to 'discover' their learning.

Joanne's curator insight, June 7, 2013 11:11 PM

This resource has been rescooped from my PLN, as I felt this is a vital skill that I need to develop. The lesson plan focuses on developing appropriate design briefs for technology students. The site provides activities that assist the user to determine the appropriateness of task statements for activities, formats for design briefs and various examples of design briefs.

This resource is a valuable tool in assisting tecahers to write effective design briefs that have a clear task statement and evaluation process.

The Draft Technolgies curriculum states that all young Australians should develop a critical appreciation of the processes through which technologies are developed, they will do this by evaluating how their own solutions and those of others affect users, equity, sustainability, ethics, and personal and social values (ACARA, 2013).

As teachers if we provide students with challenging and effectively written design briefs we will be better eqipped to contribute to achieving this goal.

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I might look silly, but I believe what I say (@aitsl video)

I might look silly, but I believe what I say (@aitsl video) | Critical Literacy in Technology education | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago (I think it was - time has been manic for so long now), I was filmed as I taught and as I talked by the very cool crew at AITSL. The process of being filmed was intimidating but exc...
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Bianca Hewes talks about project based learning, student centred pedagogy utilising technology.

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5 Reasons Your Students Should Blog

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As a school division, we are deep into developing blogs as portfolios with our students.  To do this with approximately 10,000 students is a major undertaking but the work is important and I really...

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Blogging gives students an authentic voice in the world. By blogging students gain a worldwide audience, which is more relevant to them than writing something that will only be read by the teacher. Having the audience encourages them to have accurate information and urges them to write engagingly, and opens them up to question each other and to be questioned, which is the door to critical thinking.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 23, 2013 11:48 PM

To be honest, not every student will take to blogging the way that we envision as teachers, and to be honest, that is okay.  If we make them do it the way we think it should be done, they might have trouble adopting this past the school setting.  That being said, if we do give them the freedom to write or share not only what they are interested in, but also share it how they like, it could develop into something very powerful that will also give them an authentic audience.


Why do you believe students should blog? If they aren’t, why not?

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Teacher's Guide to The Use of Blooms Taxonomy in The Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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How Technology Is Changing Traditional Learning Methods

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MOOCs, flipped classrooms and blended models are stirring up higher education.
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Rebecca Ferlazzo's curator insight, May 12, 2013 9:34 PM

Another example of how the "flipped method" can be benificial if implemented correctly.

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Levels of Technology Integration - Infographic

Levels of Technology Integration - Infographic | Critical Literacy in Technology education | Scoop.it
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How effective is your technology integration. Are you providing transformative pedagogy by utilising technology or are you merely providing an alternative to pen and paper?

Technology is much more than computers, build things, make things, think things.

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Amanda Rogers's comment, April 20, 2013 1:11 AM
This matrix is a great way to see how to embed technology into classroom lessons. How to focus on use technology rather than passively receive information.
Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 1:26 AM
I also think it is interesting to evaluate your own lessons in regards to if you are using technology to replace paper and pen methods (eg. using a mind mapping tool on the white board which is pretty much the same as using your white board marker) or if you are transforming learning using digital technologies.
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Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud | Video on TED.com

Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud.
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TED talk by Sugata Mitra

Amazing story about access to computers providing opportunities to learn.

Utilising a "teacherless" approach as described here seems an ideal approach to learning in subject areas such as technology, science, and history in particular, because students are not only teaching themselves the subject matter but are learning how to learn independantly.

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How to Encourage Higher Order Thinking - ReadWriteThink

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Practicing Higher Order Thinking (HOT) skills outside of school will give kids the tools that they need to understand, infer, connect, categorize, synthesize, evaluate, and apply the information they know to find solutions to new and existing...
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Contains tips for teachers on asking the right sort of questions to engage students in deeper thinking. Also contains some lesson plans for most age groups.

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Alternative Search Tools: These options to Google will help students become better researchers - The Digital Shift

Alternative Search Tools: These options to Google will help students become better researchers - The Digital Shift | Critical Literacy in Technology education | Scoop.it

"Pose a research question to students and most of them will immediately turn to the Internet. Sadly, many students think the only option is Google...Here I’ll present some free options for research that don’t require a login, along with a few quick tips to aid student searches."


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Students have so much information at their fingertips, these tips help them to filter that information and search deeper.

 

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Lucy Wareham's comment, April 9, 2013 12:13 AM
I have found that some students are also drawn to inappropriate adverts and links when researching. This search engine would avoid this distraction. Thanks
Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 12:48 AM
Hi Malena, Thanks for sharing this resource. I think it would be useful to remove the distraction that students so easily spend their time viewing. I think it would also comply with legislation when it comes to students use of the internet and appropriate sites.
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 15, 2013 11:44 PM
Great find.It is so easy to get distracted or off track when searching on the net and I agree with James re: deeper searches.