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Learn About Design

Want a "Quick Peek" into what design is all about? The Interactive Design Model below can give you a fast tutorial on strategies that designers typically use. Click on the strategy you want to find out more about by reading a short description or seeing a movie.
MOVIE 1:   1 minutes 15 seconds

The pages in this section of DITC can help you deepen your understanding of the process. Explore different themes related to designing by clicking on titles (below) or the links in the purple navigator bar (above):
  •  What Is Design?  Introduces models that describe what designing involves, strategies used, approaches typically employed by novice designers, and differences between inquiry and design.
  •  Design Pedagogy  Introduces design briefs, product histories, product comparisons, scavenger hunts, fair test experiments, and other ways of supporting students learning with design tasks.
  •  Teaching Strategies  Describes ways teachers can initiate design tasks, support students' group work, help with time management, and aid students in making data-supported design decisions.
  •  Assessment & Standards  Learn about connections between students and national and various state standards, and ways to do formative and authentic assessment.
  •  Teaching Controversies  Design can generate controversies for students, teachers and researchers. Hear about research on gender and design and other topics.
  •  Design Cases  Everyone designs; not everyone knows it. See cases of everyday home design activities as shown by classroom teachers and curriculum developers.
  •  Learning/Cognitive Sciences  Learn about the relevant research from the Learning and Cognitive Sciences that support the use of design activities and its various pedagogies.

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