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Why You Should Let a 5-Year Old Design Your Next Product - Nilofer Merchant

Why You Should Let a 5-Year Old Design Your Next Product - Nilofer Merchant | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
The challenges of our era don't require more followers; they require leadership that encourages the community to build what's needed through initiative.
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All it takes to design and create innovative useful products is a need and an idea.What a creative and innovative product from a 5 year old!

 

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Andrea McMillan's comment, June 3, 2013 7:25 PM
Jenni, what a fantastic article! Look at 5yr old Houston using his creativity to design a product to assist him with the daily task of cleaning his teeth. I have never heard of Quirky before, but it is great to know there is a company that provides anyone with the opportunity to submit their idea. Thanks for sharing!
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Quirky Makes Invention Accessible

Quirky Makes Invention Accessible | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
quirky is a social product development company. Your product ideas come in, our community works on them, we sell your product worldwide, and 30¢ of every dollar brought in gets distributed amongst you and the product's influencers.
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A great site to show students why we design! There are some fantastic inventions on this site by everyday people with an idea to solve a problem.I love the Stem- citrus sprayer!

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Little Green Thumbs - Welcome

Little Green Thumbs - Welcome | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
Little Green Thumbs provides nutrition and environmental programs for children through hands on experience.
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What a fantastic experince Andrew has created for students.Having Andrew visit the school and then follow up with technology lessons plans to design and create school vegie gardens would create an authentic learning task.The whole school community would benefit and the students would be able to really see the benefits of their creativity,planning and construction.

 

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Rhianna Elizabeth Hilton's comment, May 21, 2013 6:41 PM
I love this resource Jenni and I agree that this task would be authentic. In addition to planning, designing and creating vege gardens I think it is also great to show the students how the veges grow and what they need to grow. The watering and caring for the produce also gives them a sense of responsibility. This learning activity contains so many mini lessons within the actual learning task
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 23, 2013 7:23 PM
Rhianna you are right there are so many mini lessons that could be developed.
Sophie Smith's comment, May 29, 2013 11:41 PM
What a wonderful resource that could implement so many different learning areas! I love real-life learning opportunities for students as not only do they get to experience what they are learning abut hands on, it gives them responsibility over their learning journey.
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BBC - GCSE Bitesize: Market pull, technology push

BBC - GCSE Bitesize: Market pull, technology push | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
This Revision Bite looks at the social, moral, environmental and legal issues that influence product design
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This BBC site includes infromation about the social,moral,environmental and legal issues of design and technology.The level of this information would be best suited for upper primary and details the aspects of technology that need to be considered when designing products.The site also offers information in other catergories such as food technology and electricity.A valueable resource that can be used in many technology lessons.

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Design Brief For Teachers And Students - 2013 Fashion Competition - Wool4skool

Design Brief For Teachers And Students - 2013 Fashion Competition - Wool4skool | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
Wool4skool Offers The Design Brief For Teacher And Students Online. To Know More About 2013 Fashion Competition And Steps To Register, Visit Us Online!
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This is one great expample of local industry engaging in education.Although this design brief is for secondary school students it could be adapted to be used in lower grades to explore-fibre production in Australia.

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Katrina Elliott's comment, May 20, 2013 9:16 PM
As you said this could easily be adapted and modified to be used within middle years of schooling. Linking this design brief to the National Curriculum of Science and scientific literacy would provide a more meaningful unit. Sounds very engaging though and I would be very interested to some student's designs.
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 23, 2013 6:53 PM
Katrina it's great when you find resources that you can see many teaching opportunities to use it for.
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Lesson plan teaching resource: Designer Dens, for primary schools

Lesson plan teaching resource: Designer Dens, for primary schools | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it

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Fantastic lesson idea sourced by a peer.What student wouldn't love doing this and spending time outside the classroom? It reminds me of when I was a kid as this is the kind of stuff we did when we played.We kept busy creating and using our imaginations.

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Rhana Kerrigan's curator insight, April 14, 2013 3:20 AM

This lesson requires students to make shelters out of natural resources found within the school yard. Students create a shelter for figures used in ever day play such as Barbie dolls and action figures. These figures role play as a person who is in need of shelter and students construct this shelter by representing it on a smaller scale that could be reconstructed to suit the needs of future scenarios. This lesson resonates with “in play children create imaginary situations in which they change the meaning of objects and actions as they invent new ideas and engage in futures thinking (for them). (ACARA, 2013).

Katrina Elliott's comment, May 20, 2013 9:19 PM
Oh I love this idea! Thankyou for sharing. Who doesn't love creative hand's on play!. This lesson links very well to the National Curriculum Technology General Capabilities as you would be able to explore how different cultures use natural resources for shelter.
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Evergreen - Design Ideas for the Outdoor Classroom

Design Ideas for the Outdoor Classroom
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Get the students outside so that they can have real authentic experiences in their technology learning.These ideas would link to the Australian Curriculum Technology under various year levels within strands such as technologies that support local community needs and sustainable resource management in food production.

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Rhianna Elizabeth Hilton's comment, May 21, 2013 6:44 PM
These design ideas are great. I believe they would be especially engaging considering the students are involved in activities that get them away from their desks and thinking outside the box
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 23, 2013 6:55 PM
Out in the fresh air and still learning!
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LEGO.com Education LEGO Education downloads

LEGO.com Education LEGO Education downloads | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
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I hope that I work in a school that has Lego resources-these are fantastic.One of the many great lesson ideas is "An Ice Cream Van"-this could easily be used for years 3/4 and aligns with the Australian Curriculum Design & Technology 4.1 Recognise factors that impact on the design of products,services & environments ...to meet local community needs.This lesson could easily be integrated with a Numeracy,Literacy & Visual Arts component.

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Rhana Kerrigan's comment, May 18, 2013 1:20 AM
I have scooped a site that uses Lego for a design brief also. They could use the constructions they make to play with and as they use the things they have constructed they make could make changes and improvements to their original design, modelling the changes quickly and easily using the kits. Students are involved in cooperative play where they have to work together and interact to solve a problem. Learning outcomes based on having fun what more can a student want when in a learning environment.
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 20, 2013 2:03 AM
You are right Rhana-what student wouldn't enjoy these fun activities using lego!
Kaaren Sweeney's comment, May 30, 2013 12:28 AM
You can also weave Digital Technologies as well. I do believe Lego has a computer game, as well as Minecraft has children constructing objects.
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Teachers' Domain: Browse: National K -12 Subject: Engineering Design

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This site provides a huge range of videos and some lesson plans that explore design and explain the principles of design in an appealling and interesting manner.Although the site is based in USA it is still a useful resource.You may need to register to access more than 7 items but registration is free and they keep you up to date with new postings.

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Sophie Smith's comment, May 29, 2013 11:49 PM
Thanks for posting this! It is always good to have access to site's like this, even if its just for inspiration in lesson planning. My biggest goal for teaching technology is to keep it up to date and interesting, and the videos on this site show how easy that can be achieved!
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 30, 2013 4:05 PM
Sophie I agree you have to keep up to date as technology is evolving so quickly.
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Curriculum matters - Worksheets

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A variety of lesson plans based on food technology and design.I particularly like the "designing with bread" lesson as it allows the students to investigate the different aspects of food quality and suggest improvements.This could be linked to the Australian Curriculum -Years 3/4 - 4.3-Recognise the contribution food and fibre production and food technologies make to modern and traditional societies.

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Australian designers at work

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A good reference for older primary students to how see real life designers consider elements such as cost,environment,people,culture,heritage into their creations.

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Sophie Smith's comment, May 29, 2013 11:57 PM
Great resource to show students how different the field of designing is, and the elements that designers have to consider in their work. This reminds me of the Australian show, think it was called the "Inventors" that show would also be a great way to show students a similar thing.
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 30, 2013 4:07 PM
Sophie that's a great idea especially for the upper primary years.
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Creative Educator - Build 21st Century Skills with Design Thinking: Dr. Maureen Carroll

Creative Educator - Build 21st Century Skills with Design Thinking: Dr. Maureen Carroll | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
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Dr Maureen Carroll specialises in teaching educators how to implement design teaching into their classrooms.This article discusses the student benefits of 'risk taking' and 'resilience' both vital skills for 21st Century learners.Her process involves threes stages- 1.Frame-understand the problem  2.Imagine- find transformative innovations 3.Make- making ideas tangible.

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Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 1:17 AM
Hi Jenni, This resource also reminded me of the Critical and Creative Thinking General Capability in the Australian Curriculum. Teaching Design Technology would also support this 21st century skill.
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 23, 2013 6:59 PM
Kia - critical and creative thinking are vital skills for our students to succeed academically and in life.
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DESIGN SQUAD . Heavy Lifting | PBS KIDS GO!

Watch the DESIGN SQUAD PBS TV series, play puzzle games, design and build creative projects, draw and share your ideas, see cool engineering at work!
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A great lesson to encourage the design process and generate critical thinking about materials and processes. The testing and reflective aspect of this activity will enable students to see the value in using this stage to evaluate and improve designs. This lesson could be used in alignment with the Australian Curriculum Technologies-Years 5/6 -6.6 Critique,explore and investigate needs or opportunities for designing and analyse and select appropriate materials, components, tools and processes to achieve intended design results.

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What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"?

What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"? | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
Thanks to Amy Mayer of FriEdTechnology for this fantastic comparison describing the key differences between "doing projects" and project-based learning! This, my friends, is exactly what I have bee...
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Great comparison table about 'projects' and 'project based learning'.Each task that a students undertakes should have the potential to create the best student learning outcomes.

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Sophie Smith's comment, May 30, 2013 12:08 AM
Wow! I'm going to print this off and have it on my desk for when I'm a teacher. I feel sometimes as a teacher (pre-service albeit) that things that may have started as Project Based Learning, end up as 'Projects' as they get repeated year in, year out. This is a great reminder to look over any old tasks that might get repeated and see if they need a bit of a re-think!!
Sophie Smith's curator insight, May 30, 2013 12:09 AM

Think this is a fantastic poster to remind us all the difference between Project Based Learning and just 'Doing Projects'.  Extremley relevant to the technology curriculum and a reminder to teachers to reflect on their planning to see if how we are teaching can be improved!

Jenni Atkinson's comment, June 13, 2013 8:32 AM
Sophie you make a great point that lessons may have developed into projects.Teaching is all about revisiting and revising.
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Why You Should Let a 5-Year Old Design Your Next Product - Nilofer Merchant

Why You Should Let a 5-Year Old Design Your Next Product - Nilofer Merchant | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
The challenges of our era don't require more followers; they require leadership that encourages the community to build what's needed through initiative.
Jenni Atkinson's insight:

All it takes to design and create innovative useful products is a need and an idea.What a creative and innovative product from a 5 year old!

 

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Andrea McMillan's comment, June 3, 2013 7:25 PM
Jenni, what a fantastic article! Look at 5yr old Houston using his creativity to design a product to assist him with the daily task of cleaning his teeth. I have never heard of Quirky before, but it is great to know there is a company that provides anyone with the opportunity to submit their idea. Thanks for sharing!
Jenni Atkinson's comment, June 7, 2013 6:00 PM
Never underestimate the creativity of a young mind!
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The egg box that updates a humble yet classic design

The egg box that updates a humble yet classic design | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
The shape of the egg carton has endured for more than 100 years, but now a young designer plans to update it for the modern age.
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Show your students an example of technology using recycled cardboard and an elastic band.Redesigning packaging to be more sustainable is a great lesson idea to get students thinking about better ways to package everyday items and create sustainable futures.

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Kirsty Chaloner's curator insight, June 1, 2013 10:52 PM

I really like the idea of this entire website to show students that classic designs can still be designed 'better'. The egg carton example is fantastic! Using this is an introduction to a design brief challenge, have students come up with simple everyday objects that have stayed the same for many years. As a class, have them decide which one from their list that they would like to re-design for their challenge. This opens up the task a little more, giving the power to the students.

Kirsty Chaloner's comment, June 1, 2013 10:53 PM
Fantastic! I feel I need to re-scoop this ;-)
Jenni Atkinson's comment, June 7, 2013 6:00 PM
I am glad that you feel it is useful.
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Fair food design booklet | Practical Action

Fair food design booklet | Practical Action | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
A downloadable booklet with a design brief and activities on Fair foods.
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This lesson activity and design brief teaches students about FairTrade products.This lesson could link to the Australian Curriculum Technology-Years 3/4 or 5/6 under the food and fibre strand where students will be investigating sustainable food production and socieites.It is vital for students to understand both the positive and negative  impacts of technology on communities around the world.

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Kaaren Sweeney's comment, May 30, 2013 12:25 AM
I totally agree with you Jenni, as i have actually used this article on my page, which focuses on food technology, and the links it has with sustainability is great as well.
Kellee Dunn's comment, June 11, 2013 2:21 AM
Hi Jenni, I came across this website also and thought it was a very valuable resource for teachers. The design briefs on the resource cater to all different ages and provides direct links to the Australian Curriculum. This resource also gives students intercultural understanding as it showcases the positives and negatives of technology in different places around the world.
Jenni Atkinson's comment, June 13, 2013 8:10 AM
Hi -it's so important that we allow the students to explore technology with an open mind so they gain insight into others' perspectives.
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Recycling for Kids - Fun Experiments, Free Games, Cool Projects, Science Online

Recycling for Kids - Fun Experiments, Free Games, Cool Projects, Science Online | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it

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Recycling - a great way to get kids to create and design using materials that they already have access to whilst saving the planet.Teaching students about recyling is vital as they learn how to problem solve to create sustainable solutions.

 

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 19, 2013 11:08 PM
Jasmine this is a great site that offers useful ideas and shows how easily we can reuse items to create new things,an important concept in our world where we so often throw away useful items.The vocabulary exercises are a wonderful way to get kids using correct technology and science terminology.
Sophie Smith's comment, May 29, 2013 11:46 PM
Great tool for teaching recycling to the upper grades - a part of the Australian Curriculum for 5 and 6. I think it is vital for students to understand how much we could recycle but don't and the impact this is having on the world. These kind of lessons, allow us not only to recycle but the students to get creative in their technology design!
Teegan King's comment, June 8, 2013 8:01 AM
I think this is a great website and I love the different projects they provide. I think children will be engaged by these insightful activities as they allow students to make, design and create all by using recycled materials.
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CarbonKids Educational Resources | CSIRO

CarbonKids Educational Resources | CSIRO | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
CarbonKids is a program for schools committed to tackling climate change.

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Jenni Atkinson's insight:

A great resource found by a peer that can be used when researching sustainable energy sources within the Australian context.The site also provides many relevant fact sheets and articles.

 

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Andrea Taylor's curator insight, May 18, 2013 8:06 AM

Carbon Kids is a school based educational program designed for tackling climate change by educating primary school students. This program has links to the content strand of Food and Fibre Production from the Australian Technology curriculum. The benefits of this program include a wide range of activities and units as well as free Professional Development sessions for the school staff upon school registration. Teachers can visit the website now to download free copies of a variety of units ranging from early years through to secondary years.  

Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 19, 2013 8:50 PM
Andrea this is a great resource with relevant and up date to information in the Australian context and the CSIRO site has many useful fact sheets and articles.
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Browse Activities - www.TeachEngineering.org

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With such a busy curriculum teachers need to find ways to integrate lessons to cover more than one Key Learning Area.This site offers hundreds of Technology lesson plans with Maths and Science links from Prep to Year 12.

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Teachers' Domain: Design and Build a Tangle-Free Headphone Holder

In this lesson, students follow the engineering design process to build a tool that stores headphones for a portable music listening device, such as an MP3 player, without the wires getting tangled.
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A practical real world design brief that would interest students.Although the lesson states years 6-8 it could be adapted for younger grades.This lesson aligns with the Australian Curriculum-Years 5/6- Design and Technology -Processes and Skills-6.7-Generate,develope,evaluate,communicate and document design ideas and processes, using some relevant technical terminology.

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Katrina Elliott's comment, May 20, 2013 9:13 PM
This sounds like a very fun and engaging lesson! It links to student's knowledge and everyday life very well, as majority student's listen to music. Thankyou for sharing, I will definitely be remembering this activity to hopefully use one day in my classroom.
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 23, 2013 6:57 PM
Katrina I agree very relevant to most students as so many have earphones for a variety of devices.
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design cafe

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This website designed by the NSW Department of Education and Training is based on food technology and contains useful information about the whole design process(click on the desk).This site can be utilised for middle to older primary students as guide to design using the analogy of a cafe, something that they may be familiar with.

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Rhianna Elizabeth Hilton's comment, May 21, 2013 6:51 PM
It is a great idea to introduce new concepts to students using objects they are already familiar with!
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 23, 2013 6:58 PM
I agree I think students would engage in this activity and have a lot of prior knowledge to bring to the class.
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Technology K-8:Design in practice

Technology K-8:Design in practice | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
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Powerpoint presentations from primary schools in NSW detailing a design project undertaken in the classroom.The Penshurst West Public School project is a wonderful expample of the whole design process,collaborative thinking,sharing ideas and production of the product.

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Brandon Gatehouse's comment, June 3, 2013 7:29 AM
Wow, this looks cool, wish I was following prior to independent project, lol
Brandon Gatehouse's comment, June 3, 2013 7:29 AM
Wow, this looks cool, wish I was following prior to independent project, lol
Andrea McMillan's comment, June 3, 2013 7:29 PM
Brandon I completely agree - fantastic site. It really shows you some presentations that uses PPT's full potential. I can't wait to extend my skills with PPT and hopefully design a few that look as good as these ones.
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CommunityBlogs | The Maker Education Initiative

CommunityBlogs | The Maker Education Initiative | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
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Imagine if every school had a place like this where kids could design and create whilst integrating their knowledge from other key learning areas.Encouraging creativity to promote crtitical thinking and  problem solving skills is what it's all about!

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18 Free Mind Mapping Tools for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

18 Free Mind Mapping Tools for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
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Links to Mind Mapping Tools that can be used to help students collate and generate ideas when designing.Teaching students to effectively use planning tools will aide their development across many key learning areas and these online tools can be both exciting and engaging for children,

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Rhianna Elizabeth Hilton's comment, May 13, 2013 6:40 PM
Hi Jenni, mind mapping tools are such a great way for students to organise their thoughts. This could be useful in teaching the Technology curriculum as students use a different methods for storing and communicating ideas for their design projects. These can also be used as a whole class, small group or individual activity. Great resource!
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 23, 2013 7:03 PM
Rhianna- There are so many tasks that students need to learn how to plan for.Mind mapping tools allow students to develop ideas further as one thing leads to another and often sharing with their peers will also help the creative process.
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DESIGN SQUAD . Convenient Carrier | PBS KIDS GO!

DESIGN SQUAD . Convenient Carrier | PBS KIDS GO! | Design Technology for Innovative Kids | Scoop.it
Watch the DESIGN SQUAD PBS TV series, play puzzle games, design and build creative projects, draw and share your ideas, see cool engineering at work!
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A great idea for a lesson to encourage the design process with a focus on the fact that technology revolves around human needs and can be used to improve the quality of life for people.This lesson could be used in alignment with the Australian Curriculum Technologies-Years 5/6 -6.7 Generate, develop, evaluate, communicate and document design ideas for a range of audiences,using some relevant technical terminology.

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