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Design Awareness in Schools

Design Awareness in Schools is a resource which encourages design awareness to stimulate creativity and innovation and enhance the presentation of work that demonstrates students' understanding in all areas of learning. It is intended to support all teachers to develop their own and their students' understanding of design elements and principles and how these can be used within the Victorian Essential Learning Standards.

Design Awareness in Schools was first published on the February 2006 Student Learning DVD as an interactive program. So that the material can be accessed online, each section of the DVD has been converted to a series of smaller PowerPoint presentations that teachers can download. Teachers can modify and combine slides from the presentations to suit their specific purposes. These presentations are supported by Word and PDF versions of a range of teaching and learning activities and a document which includes links to online resources.

Programs used to implement VELS can provide opportunities for students to:

An awareness of design can stimulate creativity and innovation, and enhance the presentation of work that demonstrates students’ understanding in all areas of learning.

Design Awareness in Schools is both a teacher reference and a classroom teaching tool. It can be used to stimulate classroom discussion and learning activities about design. For example, this resource can be used with students to:

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