Category: Critical Inquiry & Learning

Everything is a REMIX

Darth Fader

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As you start to design your remix, I want you to consider your own creativity.  Use other people’s works to create something cool and original.  Put your own spin on it.  Add your own perspective.

The more you create and regard media, design and art through the lens of a designer, the more original and creative your pieces will become.

If you need more copies of the storyboard template, you can find them here.

If you have time on your hands, this is an interesting series called Everything is a Remix.  I think it’s really good.  However, I think that it is more directed towards adults.  I’ve shown examples in class that I think connects more closely to media and culture of your generation, but this video is really interested and I think can introduce you to some great music and artists from the past fifty years and will deepen your understanding of copyright, fair use as it pertains to a remixer.

Design Inspiration: Future Farming Video

Get inspired by remarkable products designers are making around the world!  Find opportunities and problems around you to design and create new products.

Have you ever thought of a 3-D FOOD Printer?  I’m not talking about one to make donuts on repeat, but one to truly solve food problems in our world.  It’s a great idea, but really consider its impact.  What are the pros and cons of machine made food?  Do the pros outweigh the cons?


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I’m excited to start this unit with grade 7 this year.  It’s a great hands-on unit that yields many great products and a fun project for new students to embark on as they learn about the design cycle.

MYP Design Cycle (1)

Today will start talking about upcycling and I want to you start thinking about materials that are in excess in your homes. You are not allowed to buy anything for this project!  I will provide adhesives and tools for you to create with.

Another really important part of being a designer is creating authentic products for a client.  We’ll talk about this extensively in the coming weeks.

Here are the videos I’ll show in class today:

Grade 9: Inquirying and Analyzing Cafeteria Snacks

Today you will be working on Criterion A.  Please keep an open mind right now.  I don’t want you to already have an idea and be running away with it.

Paris Baguette Cafe

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I want you to see what other people are creating for take-and-go snacks…  And consider.

How can we provide healthy, portable, fresh, sustainable snacks to our community?

Here will be some resources we will be using in class today:

My inquiry into what some teachers/parents would like to see:

20 Colleges with the Best Food in the Country (US)

At these Public Schools the Food is Healthy, Tasty and Locavore by Bon Appetit

Hour of Code 2014


The Hour of Code at Canadian Academy was a huge success.  We had over 350 Secondary students and teachers participating between 2:25-3:25 last Friday and Ms. Shigeta did coding with all elementary students from KB through Grade 5 in their classes.


Through this whole school initiative, we hope that we peaked students’ interests with programming and Computer Science.  Regardless of a person’s passion, understanding programming will allow them to create products and solutions in any field.

If students are interested in programming, we encourage them to sign-up for after school clubs, participate in Life is Tech camps around Japan and internally they can sign up for Design: Programming in Grade 9 and code in Grade 10 Design.


Here are the pictures from all of the Hour of Code events last week:

1. Secondary Hour of Code 2014

2. Elementary Hour of Code14

3. Special Afterschool Club
4. Weekend Coding Camp