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Buy the right books for your students in 2021

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Check out my “Book reviews” in the “Resource” section of the website. I have hand picked and personally reviewed a series of publications which I believe are ideal in a real classroom. Get inspiration whether teaching textiles, graphic products, resistant materials, art and design, photography or product design. These are books that I have either used, referred to or in a number of cases own myself. I have teamed up with Amazon.co.uk as my supplier, a company which is extremely competitive and one that I have made countless orders with in the past. As such I am happy to both recommend and have Amazon.co.uk featured on this site. Take some time to have a look and happy shopping.

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The James Dyson Foundation include ACCESSFM 2021

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The James Dyson Foundation 2021 have released a new project titled – “What is the Design Process”
and as such have decided to feature the use of ACCESSFM throughout the entire structure of the topic – check out the new project here:

https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.com/content/dam/pdf/Standalone_DesignProcess.pdf

It is important to note that this is not the first time that the James Dyson Foundation have decided to use ACCESSFM within their resources – the first inclusion appeared back in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2021 WJEC Vocational Level 1&2 Engineering awards include ACCESSFM

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The 2021 WJEC Vocational Level 1/2 Engineering awards now include ACCESSFM as an official part of their course content – check out the resources: www.wjec.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.accessfm.com – ACCESSFM Copyright © 1999, Spencer Herbert. All rights reserved.

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2021 IET Education include ACCESSFM as part of official resource offering

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In 2021, The IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) have included a wide range of resources which either feature or centre on the use of ACCESSFM as both a thinking tool and effective method of product analysis. Why not visit their website https://education.theiet.org and use their inbuilt search function to find the latest ACCESSFM resources.

www.accessfm.com – ACCESSFM Copyright © 1999, Spencer Herbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

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TES Article – The cost of Sustainability?

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I was lucky enough to attend the Design and Technology Association Awards in London not so long ago – though not lucky enough to win a prize.

 

 

 

At the end of the evening Dame Ellen MacArthur (her father was a D&T teacher) gave a speech about sustainability, during which she pointed out we have around 118 years of coal supply left.

And it got me thinking. Sustainability and the Environment have, until recently, been the preserve of those with dubious facial hair and a penchant for multi-coloured knitwear. But now it’s everywhere. And surely the crisis point that’s been so long anticipated has already arrived. (We have 40-50 years of oil left. That’s scary isn’t it?)

But here’s a controversial thought – and one you could work into a classroom debate. Why not design better and more durable products, instead of attempting to recycle everything in what has become a disposable society.

The switch on my wife’s hair dryer broke recently. You can buy a new one for less than £5. But being a D&T teacher I thought I would mend it. I just had to take the case apart. The manufacturer, however, had apparently never considered anyone might want to do this, for while I have every screwdriver under the sun (and a Torx set) I don’t have the Security Torx set I needed to fix the hairdryer. Result: My wife now has a new one.

Remember the “Scrappage Scheme” where the government encouraged us to crush perfectly workable cars in order to “save” £2000 off the price of a new car. Nothing to do with money they said, all about getting old cars off the road and replacing them with environmentally friendly ones. But why do we need a car which is 100% recyclable. Why not buy one which is designed and made well in the first place? It’s like marrying a woman you really like, not love, so she’ll be easier to divorce when you trade her in for a younger model.

I recently went into a large fast-food chain and the amount of packaging was incredible. My straw was wrapped in paper, and the cup given a firm plastic fitting lid before being placed in a pulped cardboard holder. Why? “Health and Safety Sir”. Oh. And everything had been recycled.

I have a suggestion: how about I have no holder, no straw sleeve, no lid and a cup made of thinner material. In return I’m charged less. The company saves money and we save the environment. Or would that be just too simple?

Spencer Herbert

 

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How do you define an Iconic Design?

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Tough one!

Especially if teaching Product Design at A-Level, this is one of those omni present questions which has a tendancy to make an appearance at exam time.  I came up with this recently along with my A level students studying product design in relation to Iconic design. You know how much I love anagrams and acronyms!

We tended to focus on Iconic rather than classic as the term classic is a little open ended. A Morris Minor is a classic car but it is not an Icon. Whereas the Beetle is both classic and Iconic. All old cars are labelled classic cars, few are Iconic.

ICONIC= SPUR

S: Symbolic, can represent a movement, a time, fashion,ideals, design beliefs or principles

P: Provenance, it has a rich and important history, it changed things, affected the users

U:Unique, different when first released, since copied but still seen as the original, genesis

R:Resonance, people remember it, evokes passion, is still relevant or even still used

See what you think, my pupils can now tell you exactly why a Barcelona chair is an Iconic design and why the W.W Stool by Phillipe Starck is not.

Spencer Herbert

www.accessfm.com – ACCESSFM Copyright © 1999, Spencer Herbert. All rights reserved.

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The Times Educational Website

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When was the last time you took a good look around the Times Educational Website? There is now a Teachers TV tool, literally thousands of free Design and Technology resources, a great forum and of course plenty of jobs for you to view. For me however, its all about the resources, you could build an entire department’s scheme of work around that which you could find in the resource section. And I am not talking about just making do, no way, these are absolute top quality projects which are fastidious in their approach with superb aesthetic appeal. If I could make one recommendation to anyone teaching Design Technology today, then it would be to visit the TES as soon as possible and check out the countless Accessfm resources just waiting to be downloaded.

www.accessfm.com – ACCESSFM Copyright © 1999, Spencer Herbert. All rights reserved.

 

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