Design

IMG_3538Technology and technological developments have given rise to profound changes in society, transforming how we access and process information, how we communicate with others and how we work and solve problems.

The MYP holistic approach to teaching and learning acknowledges that inquiry and problem solving contribute to students’ development of thinking skills and strategies that will equip them to face the rapidly changing demands of the 21st century.

MYP technology aims to provide the means and the context to help students become skilful problem solvers, who can appreciate the role of technology in everyday life and society and who can respond critically and resourcefully to real‑life challenges.

Students use the Design Cycle: a cyclic approach to problem solving that involves investigation, planning, creation and evaluation in order to achieve technological goals. The Design Cycle is used to generate ideas; when making a new product, improving on an existing one, or solving problems through research, analysis and reflection. Understanding how problems can first be framed and then solved systematically is a key aspect of technology that has life-long benefits.

The MYP technology course intends to challenge all students to apply practical and creative‑thinking skills to solve problems in technology, encourage students to explore the role of technology in both historical and contemporary contexts and raise students’ awareness of their responsibilities as world citizens when making decisions and taking action on technology issues.

The approaches to learning are key to each unit as the final assessment task will focus on one or a set of related skills. Using one of the other four AoIs (environments, community and service, health and social education, and human ingenuity) to focus each unit allows students to place learning in context and help students to develop positive attitudes and values based on knowledge and skills.

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