How Design and Technology Week will benefit your school
This week is your time to showcase the creative, innovative and challenging work that your students have been engaged in.
Welcome to our new Design and Technology Week website.
One of the largest challenges our learning area faces today is perception and that is why we hope you immerse your school in all that is Design and Technology throughout the 15th – 21st of October. If you can't accomodate significant activty that week then please move Design and Technology Week to another time that works better for your staff and school.
Here’s why! How often have had to explain to a parent or a teaching colleague that we have come a long way from focussing on only practical skills in 1 or 2 materials or specialities?
Does your school undervalue your learning area and make it difficult for you to resource and deliver your curriculum the way you know they should?
Are your class lists usually topped up with students who have no interest in your subject, but were considered unsuitable for other classes?
These misconceptions of Design and Technology are in complete contrast to the high regard society has for all things ‘design’. Not to mention that we live in a dynamic technology-driven world where new advances are having incredible effects on every area of society.
In order to change perceptions we need to keep promoting our learning area through our national Design and Technology Week! This week is your time to showcase the creative, innovative and challenging work that your students are engaged in. It is something that other subjects have done well for years and it is time that we had louder voice to shout about what we really do and how our students benefit from our approaches to creative problem solving and career critical areas such as STEM/STEAM.
This website has been created to help you and your faculty by making available lots of ideas and resources for you to implement at your school during the week. We envisage lots of extra-curricular activities for all of our specialist areas, including Makerspaces, which have proved to be incredibly popular with students, schools and families. We also have examples of Design and Technology-themed lessons that can be delivered in other subject areas such as Maths, English, Humanities and Science, ensuring that your whole school will be immersed in our complex, creative and challenging area of learning.
We need your support to ensure that this our 2nd national week of Design and Technology is such a success that it continues and grow this year and beyond. I’m certain we can change many minds about the value of our efforts and hopefully a change in perception will bring a range of rewards including more understanding and support from our schools leadership teams, improved uptake of our subjects with encouragement from parents and more engagement of our students who can clearly link what we do in class to what they may do in the future.
Australia and the world need creative problem solvers, that's what we deliver!
Thanks for getting involved!
President of DATTA Australia