New Roadshow date, marking, design contexts, & some useful quick links

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We are starting to plan the next series of Textile Teacher Roadshows ready for the new academic year. The focus for the year will be on how textiles fits into the new single GCSE with tips, ideas and resources and lots of freebies. At just £42 for a full day’s training this is designed as an affordable event where teachers can celebrate all things textiles. The first event will be in Nottingham on Saturday 8th October and we are hoping to run events in other areas of the country over the year. News on other dates and venues will be posted when they are decided on but bookings are open for the Nottingham event. This is always a popular event and Nottingham was heavily oversubscribed last year.  We have already had bookings for 8th October even though it hasn’t been marketed yet so get your tickets early to be sure of a place. Find out more about the event, the freebies and how to book your place.

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Free Resources 

#ThinkDo  

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. 

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#ThinkDo #Revision An embossed decorative finish on a textiles fabric. How might this have been done?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

Find out more about #ThinkDo activities & see ones posted on Instagram & Facebook


Did you see my Facebook page this week?

This week’s Facebook updates have included: 

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Click on the links below to see more:


Calendar    Things coming up in the next few weeks include:

8th May - Online discussion on revision techniques (Food Teachers Centre Facebook) 

10th May - Technician course on servicing sewing machines

15th May - Online discussion on food safety (Food Teachers Centre Facebook) 

16th May - Closing date for the Lincolnshire Young Designer of the Year competition

18th May - Closing date for Triumph Design Awards competition

19th May - Date when the exam boards have to have their first draft of the new D&T GCSE to Ofqual. These drafts should also be released to teachers around this date. 

22nd May - Online discussion on non specialists in food (Food Teachers Centre Facebook) 

25th May - Live Q&A session by D&TA on the new GCSE specs

24th - 26th May - Clerkenwell Design Week

27th May - Closing date for John Lewis Innovation Challenge competition

27th May - Closing date for Midlands part of the Young Fashion Designer UK competition (10th June for the South Centre)

27th & 27th May - Preparing to Teach the New GCSE D&T course


Curriculum Updates

Overloaded With Marking?

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There's lots of debate on marking at the moment and a report by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) came out this week saying the current level of marking is unsustainable (no surprise there then!). The report reviewed research to find out how teachers can use their time more effectively to improve pupils' learning rather than just marking for the sake of it. 

Many of the findings are not a surprise but this might be a useful document if you are concerned about how much marking your school expects. The report says that marking just to ensure it appears from the outside that work has been looked at is not effective use of time, nor is it something that helps students progress. 

The report recommends careless mistakes are just flagged up with no correct answer given, with the main focus being on errors resulting from misunderstanding. For this hints or questions should be provided which lead pupils to the underlying principles that help them understand. 

It suggests grading work can reduce the impact of marking, particularly if pupils become preoccupied with grades at the expense of the teachers’ comments. It also suggests fewer pieces of work are marked but that these are marked better, with specific information provided on how to improve along with clear targets. Time should also be set aside for feedback and targets to be considered and addressed. 

This is a lengthy document, but quite easy to read, and it has some useful discussion points to help you focus on what is the right approach to marking for your department/school. Download the review here


Resources To Support Lesson Planning

Starting To Think About Curriculum Planning For Next Year?

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For the new D&T GCSE, each year the exam boards will provide a context for the Non Examined Assessment (the new name for coursework). If you are revising your KS3 curriculum it is worthwhile thinking about how you can build an understanding of design contexts into the work students do in years 7,8, and 9 to support a smoother transition into GCSE. There are ideas for potential contexts all around us and these banners on the security barriers in Trespass are a good example. 

Neste also have some useful short videos that are ideal for kickstarting a lesson on designing for different contexts. They are an oil refining company who produce clean fuel solutions, including diesel, solvents, and lubricants, based on renewable raw materials. Their ‘Pre-Order the Future’ project looks at renewable materials and sustainable solutions of the future for 5 key areas they consider to be key; mobility, learning, entertainment, travel, and public space. Each has a short written description of the issue with a solution they are proposing to investigate, as well as a video which is more of a general reflection on the context, making it ideal for classroom use. People can vote on which issue the company will focus on to research and prototype, and you can also send in a topics yourself to be considered for prototyping. 


Homework Idea

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This t.shirt in Sainsbury caught my eye because of the marine life theme for the AQA textiles GCSE exam, but also because it has a free digital book download. If your students design and make products for children this is great inspiration for a homework, or short series of homeworks, where students produce a story or picture book related to their product (or game or something similar).


Useful Quick Links

Real Solutions For Real Problems

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The BeatBot by Puma is a programmable, self driving, line following robot that helps runners train. The runner enters the race distance and target time and the robot becomes a running partner to race against. This video is a great example of a robot designed with a user need in mind and it’s good for inspiration for an advanced use for the BBC Micro:bit. 

Lamp powered by gravity which is a great example of D&T solving real problems & improving lives. Lamp powered by gravity. The link includes a useful short video and the website is also worth a look.

Thumb guards made of fabric to train children not to suck their thumb. The website has background information that is useful for thinking about user needs and the design of the product. 

Swiss Army knife style keyring that folds away all of your keys to make them more compact, easier to carry and less likely to catch on things. 

Competitions  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

Product In A Tin Textiles Competition 

Find out more about this year’s textiles competition & you could win a £300 sewing machine for your department. Why not use the competition for a whole module of work, as a revision activity or for homework? Closing date 1st Aug 2016.


Course Updates

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar


Textiles Technician Course: A Basic Introduction to Servicing and Maintaining Sewing Machines - 10th May, STEM Centre, York
LAST FEW DAYS TO BOOK (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website). State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award. 

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 27th & 28th May (2 day course), STEM Centre, York 
(note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website). 
State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award.

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 10 & 11 June, (2 day course), STEM Centre, York. (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website). State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award. Click here to see photos from the course

Inspiring Learning - 17th June, London
I will be running a one hour workshop with a focus on technical textiles at this event (note this link takes you to the organiser’s website)

STEMtech Conference 13th & 14th June, Telford
We will be delivering a one hour workshop on E-textiles as well as a one hour workshop on the Igloo programmable board at this event 
(note this link takes you to the organiser’s website)

Leeds for Learning Design & Technology Conference 24th June, STEM Centre, York (note the link takes you to the organiser’s website)
We will be delivering one hour workshops on the new GCSE, technical textiles, Micro:bit & Crumble

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 1st & 2nd July 2016 (2 day course), STEM Centre, York
(note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website). 
State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award. Click here to see photos from the course

Promoting Creativity, Imagination & Independence: Outstanding T&L in D&T (including info on the new GCSE) (this course is delivered by Paul & Julie Boyd on behalf of Keynote Educational)
5th July, London 
9th November, London

Outstanding T&L in AQA A Level Product Design Textiles NEW
This course is delivered on behalf of Keynote Educational
6th July, London
10th November, London

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, 8th Oct, Nottingham NEW
New content for the new academic year with a focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE 


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