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Inspiring Information and Technology Systems

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Week 6,
Term Two, 2016

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The Year 11 Information and Technology Systems (ITS) students have been busy learning and gaining new technical skills in the Graphic Design topic. In Term One the ITS students improved their knowledge and understanding of graphic design principles, concepts and terminology.

They also learned how to use Adobe Photoshop effectively. In Term Two they worked hard to create a magazine cover using Photoshop and they documented a systems development life cycle process to complete the project requirements.

The Year 11 ITS students had been working hard all semester; it was time to inspire them with something new and exciting! At the end of Week 5, after the ITS students submitted their project, they were surprised with a fun, MakerSpace-inspired lesson. Students were exposed to popular Tech toys, such as Makey Makey, Sphero, LittleBits, Google VR Cardboard, Lego Mindstorms EV3 and paper circuits.

Students had fun experiencing a rollercoaster ride with the Google Cardboard. The Sphero was connected to a variety of apps on an iPad which resulted in a lot of excited movement around the classroom. The Makey Makey was linked to students, play-doh and aluminium foil to create a circuit to the laptop, which then allowed students to interact with digital games such as Flappy Bird. The students were reminded that the technological skills that they learn now will not only improve their digital literacy, technical skills and potential for future work, but it may also inspire them to innovate and create future digital toys and tools.

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