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Has the IBO always gone overboard with criteria?

At the Nanjing International School, we use both the IBO curriculum and we are trying to adopt NoTosh’s ideas about Design Thinking.

I might argue that since we are trying to follow both the IB Design Curriculum AND Design Thinking we ask students to choose from at least one strand in each criterion.  In my teaching career with MYP, I have noticed most times every item from the IBO’s level 7-8 criteria does not make sense for students to complete.  They are not realistic and rather than student being informed by the process, they are bored out of their mind.

A case example:
If students would like to make a website, they might only choose:

Criterion A: Inquiring and analysing
The student:
i. explains and justifies the need for a solution to a problem for a client/ target audience
ii. constructs a detailed research plan, which identifies and prioritizes the primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution to the problem independently
iii. analyses a range of existing products that inspire a solution to the problem in detail 
iv. develops a detailed design brief, which summarizes the analysis of relevant research.

Criterion B: Developing ideas
The student:
i. develops detailed design specifications, which explain the success criteria for the design of a solution based on the analysis of the research (in this case, a website layout)
ii. develops a range of feasible design ideas, using an appropriate medium(s) and detailed annotation, which can be correctly interpreted by others
iii. presents the chosen design and justifies fully and critically its selection with detailed reference to the design specification
iv. develops accurate and detailed planning drawings/diagrams and outlines requirements for the creation of the chosen solution.

Criterion C: Creating the solution
The student:
i. constructs a detailed and logical plan, which describes the efficient use of time and resources, sufficient for peers to be able to follow to create the solution
ii. demonstrates excellent technical skills when making the solution. 
iii. follows the plan to create the solution, which functions as intended and is presented appropriately
iv. fully justifies changes made to the chosen design and plan when making the solution.

Criterion D: Evaluating
The student:
i. designs detailed and relevant testing methods, which generate data, to measure the success of the solution
ii. critically evaluates the success of the solution against the design specification based on authentic product testing
iii. explains how the solution could be improved 
iv. explains the impact of the product on the client/target audience. (IBO, 2014)

Following this idea, teachers would still have something to mark for every criterion, but it would be more succinct and we could enable the FUN back into the learning.  I would emphasize that we would want the students to choose and (verbally) justify why they have chosen those criteria.  Along the lines of Design Thinking, we want the kids to: “be immersed, synthesize, ideate, prototype, and then display” (NoTosh, 2015).

I think it is important that we follow the rules, but as educators we need to realize when the rules should be broken if we are ensuring that our students are not enjoying the subject matter.

Thoughts?

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Skiplagged: The smart way to find cheap flights.

Skiplagged is an airfare search engine that will make you realize that it’s sometimes cheaper to buy more flights than you need. It shows you hidden city ticketing trips in addition to what sites like Expedia, KAYAK, and Travelocity show you. Save up to 80% on airfare today!

Source: skiplagged.com

For travelers out there who want to try to find the best deal – even if it might be against the airline company’s rules and regulations, Skiplagged is a resource for you.  At present, we could log in but couldn’t seem to search.  I hope that they get it up and running.  However, it could be that I am searching from China.

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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Technology

 

Makeblock-The Real Aluminum Robot Kit

Specializing in DIY robot kits and parts. New design aluminum parts, Arduino control system and easy-to-use sensors at makeblock.cc

Source: www.makeblock.cc

Lego + 10.  We were trying these out here at the Nanjing International School.  It seems the sets are versatile like lego, but of course, you need tools to put them together.  Also, because the instructions are not always super clear, there is greater thinking and problem-solving involved.

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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Technology

 

7 Smartphone Photography Tips & Tricks – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/v/fTz4Nhgm_SQ?fs=1&hl=fr_FR

Watch photographer Lorenz Holder demonstrate some creative smartphone photography tips & tricks using an iPhone 5S! Join the Cooperative of Photography: http…

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These are some simple tricks that I would like to come back to.  I especially like #6, the do-it-yourself tripod, and #7, the underwater housing.  Not sure about with waves.

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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Technology

 

This Cheap, Strong Cardboard Standing Desk Will Let You Ditch Your Deadly Office Sitting

Have you always wanted to try out a standing desk but didn’t want to commit? This recyclable model is assembled without any glue or fasteners and…

Source: www.fastcoexist.com

I’ve always wanted one.  Now it is feasible and testable.

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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in Technology

 

How To Design An Office That Actually Makes You Better At Work

Forget all the crazy offices designed to make employees more creative. In reality, you only need a few simple things for everyone to get the most out…

Source: www.fastcoexist.com

Some of the best ideas we have seen before but we don’t recognize them as worthy because of new fads in design.  These could include: individual quiet spaces, direct sources to sunlight, less 90 and 180 degree angles, and proper choice of color.

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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in Technology

 

hereO: The first GPS watch designed for young kids

The coolest, smallest GPS watch truly designed for kids with a great family locator app.

Source: www.indiegogo.com

I was at a playground the other day that was really busy.  For one moment I took my eyes off him.  In that moment, my son snuck into a paid area of the playground that he shouldn’t have been able to get into.  My wife, my friends and I frantically looked for my son for two to three minutes.  They were the longest, most terrifying minutes of my life.  I have been wanting to get a device like this for quite some time, but never as much as I have now that I have been through the most frightening moment of my life.

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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in Technology

 
 
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