D & T Resource of the week 10

2D Design Tutorial Booklet

Resources: Design Technology/Secondary/KS4/Product Design

This piece would be highly effective for all KS3, KS4 and KS5 design technology students, irrespective of the exact specification they are studying. While it may be suited to any member of staff delivering 2D design, I feel it would be ideal for either staff or pupils with no prior experience of computer aided design. The resource is put together in such a way that it is hard to get lost or confused. I would feel confident to work through the resource with the students instead of myself just delivering, thus learning and progressing together.

  • What is it? - The project is presented via a PDF of 13 pages in total. We really do start at the beginning and the first slide is devoted to initial page setup, something that is essential if seeing the program for the first time. The write up and wording is kept real simple and follows a step by step process, which really suits my approach and something that my students, who are all boys, really appreciate. We move onto the use of basic drawing tools and the creation of simple shapes. At no point does this resource suddenly rush off and leave the user floundering, it is just a thorough but basic introduction to CAD and a presentation that really works well and inspires confidence. The resource has been viewed over 5800 times with some fantastic feedback being given.
  • How could it be used? - The first thing to note is that this piece has been further developed from the PDF example listed. The author has extended the topic to include instruction on how to import an image to the 2D design file and then to translate to the laser cutter. This addition is delivered via a Podcast and is available now through iTunes. Podcasts are something that we have been using for some time in my department and have produced student led tutorials for the KS4 coursework e-portfolio and instruction on how to use Pro-desktop. We have found that this variation in approach hugely impacts on those pupils who find it difficult to access the content of the curriculum from everyday methods and teacher led inputs. As stated I feel that this resource could be used to help both staff and pupils, but crucially, at the same time. I have no problem in admitting to my students that I am not an expert in a particular field and that I will be learning as we progress. The students as a result feel they can add to the process and also gain value from helping out, leading in some cases and increasing self esteem on a lesson by lesson basis. A resource such as this allows this method to take place and I would encourage any teacher to simply let go a bit and encourage the students to lead.
  • This resource is a lot more useful than it may at first appear.
  • How have you used this resource? - While I have not yet tried this particular piece, I have used and developed similar resources in the past. I believe it helps bring logic and a systematic approach. Step by step is exactly what you need with programs like 2D design and best of all you do not end up repeating yourself over and over again. However the most useful thing we do with our ICT based tutorials is that we store them all on our central VLE, virtual learning environment and give the students, staff and parents access to them twenty four hours a day. This enables anyone with access to practice and progress at their own pace. If your school does not subscribe to or own a VLE why not buy your department a website domain. A domain is both easy and cheap to buy these days and your site does not have to be overly complicated in order to present a few of these types of resource. This approach provides a fresh way of thinking when it comes to departmental resources and is quickly achievable, paper free and so relevant to your target audience, the pupils. I will leave you with some of the comments left by those teachers who have had the opportunity to use this excellent resource.

“Really useful. Thanks for this, I have been meaning to make something similar. Great for encouraging my learners to go at their own pace so the whizzy ones don’t get frustrated and the slower ones don’t get rushed..”

“very good booklet. Lovely that it has been differentiated, very useful”

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