Technology and the Design Cycle

Thomas Jefferson Middle School  has a strong tie to technology (the actual thought process of design and innovation) and technology tools.

We have two standing computer labs and 10 mobile laptop carts. Jefferson is also participating in a pilot program that has all sixth grade students using iPAds as part of a countywide 1:1 initiative to be completed by the year 2017.  Teachers have access to tools including digital cameras, movie cameras, SMARTBoards, wireless slates, and lcd projectors. Teachers also have access to various software and video programs to support instruction on just about any topic.

Teachers have students using software and Internet tools to create multimedia presentations, desktop publications, Webquests, and movies. The students even broadcast a morning announcement show over closed circuit television.

Technology obviously plays a huge role in Jefferson’s Middle Years IB Programme. The Design Cycle trains students to look at the big picture of learning and to have a personal stake in their own education. Students learn to investigate, plan, create, and then evaluate three branches of technology: information, materials, and systems. With technology at the helm, students become leaders in the classroom.

 

Design cycle

The Design Cycle (shown above) is taught explicitly in our Design courses (Business Education, Family and Consumer Science, Technology Education, and with the Chorus, Band, and Orchestra year-long courses. The Design Cycle trains students to look at the big picture of learning and to have a personal stake in their own education. Students learn to investigate, develop ideas, create solution, and then evaluate results. With technology at the helm, students become leaders in the classroom.