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|Title: ||Teaching and learning design through the web|
|Authors: ||Dagan, Osnat|
|Keywords: ||Technology education|
|Issue Date: ||2000|
|Publisher: ||© DATA|
|Citation: ||DAGAN, O. and ROTHCHILD, Y., 2000. Teaching and learning design through the web. IN: Kimbell, R. (ed.). Design and Technology International Millennium Conference. Wellesbourne : The D&T Association, pp. 38-42.|
|Abstract: ||“…The students will deal with technological contents which focus on problem solving processes based
on human needs.” (The syllabus for science and technology in lower secondary school in Israel, 1996)
ORT Israel Middle School is leading the implementation of new concepts in technology education. A
model of a design process is used as a systematic and organised tool for teaching and learning
technological problem solving.
The ORT Israel Research and Development Center has developed a variety of materials to promote
1. a book – Everything Starts with Design
2. video activities – an educational kit that fosters design education
3. Internet site – a virtual learning environment.
The Internet site is linked with classroom activities. The teacher in effect acts as the tutor for problem
solving skills – the design process. Each group of students chooses a problem from a bank of everyday
situations and follows the process through the site. In every design step the students are exposed to
another aspect of the process through an example and interactive activities. Every stage can be
documented using a portfolio template that can be downloaded, printed, completed and evaluated. The
site is supported by a virtual teacher whose main task is to help groups from different places to
collaborate and share ideas about the same problem as a community.
The site was launched in September 1998. The course was offered to schools through the ORT Israel
virtual school. Fifteen classes (20 students each) studied a model of a design process through the net.
Through the presentation we are going to report, following the first two years, about the advantages
and the current dilemmas of using the virtual course. The website (which was translated to English)
will be introduced with the didactical concepts and a discussion will raise some intermediate
conclusions based on our experience.|
|Description: ||This a conference paper.|
|Appears in Collections:||D&T Association Conference Series|
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