Moving On…

After 7 years, I have changed schools. I hope this resource will be continued by the new Design teacher at Canadian Academy.  I may try to create a new Design Educators blog, although I’m not teaching Design in the context of an MYP school any longer.

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Grade 7: Final CODING Project CREATE DAY


As you finish your final products for our coding unit, I want you to:

  1. Always, refer to the criteria to make sure you have met all the requirements needed to be successful.
  2. Create a feedback form (either digital or analog) to gather feedback when we PLAY and give feedback to each other next class.
  3. If you have created a game on Scratch, please share it publicly and link it here, so everyone can access it.

Food Design 9 – Final Project Brainstorm

FOOD on the Brain

Designing is about solving problems.  Designers look for issues/problems and seek out opportunities to create products/systems/events.

Today we will begin your final unit for Food Design 9.  Today I want you to use the graphic organizer in class to think about issues and opportunities that surround you and that you are interested (passionate, even) about.  I don’t want you to start jumping too fast into getting excited about one thing.

Today, explore.

Write notes.

Keep your options open.

We’ll watch this and discuss it a bit in class.

Bakey’s Edible Cutlery:

and then,

Here are some other resources you may want to look through for inspiration.

Thinking Food Design

Marije Vogelzang is an Eating Designer

Some American designers – their products to help fix the poor eating habits in their country: Zoe’s Kitchen & Hello Fresh

The CroBar

Grade 6: Inquirying and Analyzing Museums & Learning Spaces

We are going to continue to inquire and analyze as we think about sharing our own knowledge and interests with our community through our current unit:

How do Japanese art, history and culture make Japan unique?

While you are not necessarily creating a virtual tour for your final project, it is important that you analyze more learning spaces (museums) to find great examples.  The power of the internet allows us to visit a lot more museums than we could ever take field trips to.

First, we are going to go to Paris and you to take a virtual tour of the Louvre’s Egyptian Antiquities Exhibit.

Then I want you to choose at least three of the following virtual museum spaces to take notes on:

Best Museums in Japan

What Makes these the Best Museums in the World? (Go further and go to the actual websites of the museums when you find an interesting one.)

Use these prompting questions to guide your analysis and inquiry:

What makes them interactive/interesting?

What is not so great about them?

What did you learn from this site?

What could they do differently to share the information?

Try to use visual note-taking for this activity…   Make sure you include what museum spaces you are analyzing!


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 Use this doc to share your topic with your classmates