As many of you will know I manage the Facebook Group ‘Design and Technology Teachers’ and the ‘DTResources Dropbox’. I spend hours per week managing both of these resources and look at 100s of examples of classroom resources that teachers either sell or share via social media.
I feel that I have a good idea of what useful resources teachers would like if they had the time to make them and I am aware of some of the current issues that some departments face e.g. not having a full time technician or non-specialists teaching Design and Technology.
Since having a baby seven months ago, I find myself going to bed very early, and then getting up VERY early the day after. These early starts have provided me with many hours of time to spend producing resources that I will use with my own classes, and will then give away or sell on the dtresources website.
I have always liked the idea of giving resources away, and will continue to do so if the resources can be downloaded as a PDF or JPEG for example. The resources that will be sold have to have a price attached to them to cover the purchasing of materials, business running costs, website hosting and a small fee for my time in making, packaging and posting resources out to teachers….all of which is very time consuming.
It is my aim for the company to grow so that complete curriculum coverage can be planned for by using the resources from my website.
The other resources that will be available from http://www.dtresources.co.uk will help improve whole class teaching on topics such as drawing/sketching and annotation of ideas. The class stencils that I have made came about from pupils in my class using a popular 3D drawing tool, but then wanted a stencil to help with 2D designing and annotation. So far these stencils have really helped improve the quality of the work from the pupils in my class. Click here to see the stencils.
Because I teach mostly AQA GCSE Product Design, the resources will be suited to delivering Product Design, Resistant Materials and KS3 Design and Technology. On the GCSE Product Design Exam paper, there is always a high mark question about manufacturing in quantity. I have produced a class pack for teaching batch production/production lines and use clocks or photo frames as the product. The outcomes have been outstanding. Click here to see the products.
The next phase of the company will be to provide whole class kits to cover every part of the curriculum in an exciting and engaging way.