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Digital Technologies / Year 3 and 4 / Processes and production skills / Generating and designing

Curriculum content descriptions

generate, communicate and compare designs (AC9TDI4P03)

Elaborations
  • brainstorming possible design ideas and discussing these with their peers, for example sketching different ideas for a computer game
  • discussing whether the needs identified from the user story are met by generated design ideas, for example comparing design ideas in pairs for encouraging people to recycle
  • ideating multiple design ideas and comparing them against user stories, for example as a class, discussing the needs identified from the user story and brainstorming multiple design ideas (accepting all suggestions as possibilities)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Computational thinking,  Design thinking,  Systems thinking

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