In May 2015, I'll be taking part in the International D&T Conference in Dubai. The conference is a 4 day event organised by Technology Supplies Ltd. The first 2 days will be a H&S accreditation course run by DATA and the final two will host a range of Keynote speakers on the topic of 'Creativity in the future'. There will also be a range of workshops for attendees to take part in too, providing a fantastic opportunity for networking and CPD.
Keynote Presentation "Stimulate, support and explore"
The title itself is a three-step approach that exemplifies how learning and progress can be made in D&T lessons. We are the designers, the engineers, and the ‘hopefully creative’. We reflect on our practice and always strive to make D&T an accessible, enjoyable, and explorative area in which pupils feel free to take risks when expressing themselves and their ideas. How can we best cater for this? Scaffold/foster/build a creative and inspiring environment as a result of well-designed and appealing projects and resources.
So how do we support each other in promoting our subject area and its importance? We open ourselves to inspiration and we support D&T teachers nationwide, and internationally, in improving through advanced networking, sharing of ideas, discussion, and collaboration.
Workshop "Another angle"
This workshop will encourage participants to re-think their current approach to tackling the design process at all key stages. By taking a look at our interpretation of the individual steps, we can deconstruct how they are currently displayed in order to redesign and modernise creatively.
A series of games will be available to introduce in the design studio; these will demonstrate how to stimulate the minds of young designers and encourage discussion about existing products and the development of new products. Outcomes will link to Bloom’s taxonomy and new terms related to the design and technology curriculum.
James's thoughts... "Creativity takes many forms, depending on the context. In D&T, it can be that you naturally look at things from a different perspective, approach tasks from an angle not considered 'the norm'.
"Everyone has the potential to be more creative; they just need stimulation to access imagination, and support to develop it."