This course provides teachers with a real-world design challenge to develop their design thinking skills and understanding of designing sustainable products.
Teachers will learn about sustainable design practices and the interdependence of systems when designing. In particular, they will learn how environmental conditions, such as thermal comfort and indoor air quality, can influence student learning outcomes and their overall wellbeing.
They will also learn how to use this knowledge and design thinking frameworks to support their ability to create authentic sustainable design projects for their students.
Focusing on innovation, sustainability and design and production processes this course is structured to provide a repeatable integrated framework that can be used to meet student outcomes from the areas of Science and Technology and Mandatory Technology.
Primary (Stage 3) and Secondary (Stage 4) Teachers
- Discuss the fundamentals of successfully designing for sustainability.
- Understand how to apply the four different thinking skills (for science & technology) during the design process.
- Learn how the development of design and production skills support the development of sustainable and innovative solutions.
- Explore smart design frameworks to support student creativity, and product functionality and usability.
- Review success criteria to identifying and defining design idea
- Explore how an engineered system ‘smart product’ can improve the livability of a physical environment.
- Review success criteria for generating and communicating design ideas.
- Learn about the role of sensors in smart products and their increasing use in supporting future-focussed communities.
- Investigate properties of materials to determine their suitability for sustainable design solutions.
- Learn how to develop, record and communicate design solutions using technical terms and correct layout.
- Learn how digital systems connect together to form networks and transmit data.
- Investigate the fundamentals of cloud computing.
- Review data security and protocols for designing smart products.
- Understand how to develop a data story to communicate with your user(s).
- Review success criteria for planning and prototyping sustainable design solutions.
- Create a paper prototype of a user interface using a wireframe method.
- Understand collaborating strategies to support the design process.
- Review success criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of a design solution.
- Learn how to best showcase your design solutions to justify how your product meets the sustainable need or opportunity as identified.
- Apply an ethical understanding of working with others and sharing your ideas with different audiences.
Online – at your own pace
Completing Masterclass Designing for Sustainability will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing and 6.2.2, from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
6.2.2 Proficient Level – Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice, targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities.