Design Technology Resource Pack

The Focus on Design Technology online resource pack

includes the complete suite of Focus DT titles.

Focus e-Learning's Design Technology Resource Pack

 

Designed to compliment teaching of the new DT specifications and compatible with Windows, Chromebooks, Mac, iPad and Android.

One fantastic price includes unlimited access at school and home to:

• New: Focus on New & Emerging Technologies

• New: Focus on Surface Treatments & Finishes
• New: Focus 2D Vector Graphics Designer
• Focus on Smart, Modern & Composite Materials
• Design Technology Library of Video Clips
• DT Materials Database
• KD Fittings & Flatpack Furniture
• Focus on Product Analysis
• Focus on Metals
• Focus on plastics
• Focus on Mechanisms
• Focus on Graphic Products
• Focus on Wood Joints
• Focus on Energy Use & Environment
• Focus on Mechanical Toys
• Focus on the Food Industry
• Focus on Fairground Rides
• Focus on KS1 Design Technology

Improve your students grades by providing them with high quality resources that they can access on their tablets and computers both in school and at home!

SAVE £30 by purchasing a two year site licence for just £169.95.

Multi-Academy Trusts: contact us for a quote to cover all school in your MAT.

Science Resource Pack: 1 year site licence: £99.95
Science Resource Pack: 2 year site licence: £169.95

Surface Treatments and Finishes


Surface Treatments and Finishes An in-depth examination of modern and traditional surface treatments and finishes. There’s no doubt that surface treatments and finishes contribute significantly to the success of products. However, it’s an area which is difficult to cover in detail now that the DT curriculum is so wide ranging. This resource will improve your students understanding of the main forms of surface treatment and finishing processes in schools and industrial situations. Finishes for Metal

  • why finish metals?
  • anodising
  • bluing
  • dip coating
  • electroplating
  • enamelling
  • galvanising
  • painting
  • polishing & buffing
  • powder coating
  • water transfer printing
Finishes for Timber and Wood
  • why finish wood?
  • surface preparation
  • dyes & stains
  • oil
  • paint
  • shellac / French polishing
  • tanalising
  • varnish & lacquer
  • wax
  • veneer
Finishes for Polymers
  • why finish polymers?
  • diamond edge polishing & buffing acrylic
  • flame polishing acrylic
  • GRP gelcoat
  • plating on plastic
  • laser marking, engraving & etching
  • textured moulds
  • vinyl decals & stickers
Finishes for Textiles
  • why finish textiles?
  • dyeing
  • laser finishing
  • printing
  • biological
  • chemical
  • mechanical
  • smart
  • appliqué
  • embellishment
  • painting
  • embroidery
  • quilting
Finishes for Paper & Board
  • why finish papers and boards?
  • edge finishing
  • embossing & debossing
  • hot foil blocking
  • edge staining & painting
  • marbling
  • packaging laminates & films
  • varnishing & lamination




Focus 2D Vector Graphics Designer


Focus 2D Vector Graphics Designer The Focus 2D Vector Graphics Designer is an easy-to-use addition to the online Focus DT Resource Pack. It provides students the freedom to design 2D vector graphics for print or component manufacture, anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Files can be saved to a school account, exported for printing or imported into programs such as Techsoft 2D Design and RDworks. 2D Designer Tools & Functionality Drawing Tools & Functionality:

  • Circles, Ellipses, Polygons
  • Draw connected lines with fills
  • Lines, arrows and dimensioning
  • Stars, clouds and callouts
  • Text input with Google fonts
  • Convert text-to-path
  • Fit text-to-path
  • Draw Bezier curves and delete points
  • Multiple undo and redo
  • Delete a line from a closed shape or part of a line
  • Freehand drawing
  • Duplicate and array selected shapes
  • Copy, rotate and paste shapes about a point
  • Combine shapes with Boolean operations
  • Arcs, quadrants, semi-circles and segments
  • Flood fill, line colour and thickness
  • Pattern designer
  • Folding box (aka development/net) designer
  • Clock face designer
  • Draw using an Isometric Grid
  • Save files to school account on FocuseLearning
  • Export drawings to SVG, PNG and DXF for printing, cutting or engraving
  • Import files produced into programs such as Techsoft 2D Design and RDworks




Metals Manufacturing Processes


Metals Manufacturing Processes Focus on Metals: Manufacturing Processes interactive learning resource examines the main techniques that a Design Technology student will come across when studying Product Design, Engineering or Resistant Materials at GCSE or A Level. Focus on Metals provides an excellent way of bringing examples of industrial practice into the classroom.

Perfect for whole class interactive whiteboard teaching and as an individual study aid, Focus on Metals examines common manufacturing processes through an exceptionally clear set of 3D simulations, videos, supportive text and tests. Design Technology processes covered:

  • Sand Casting
  • Investment Casting
  • Die casting
  • Sheet Metal Bending
  • Drilling Jigs
  • Spinning
  • Punching
  • Press Work
  • Welding
  • Plasma Cutting
  • CNC Milling
Focus on Metals-Program Benefits
  • Helps teach theory through industrial practice
  • Multiple choice tests with instant feedback
  • Develops knowledge of process sequence
  • Teachers can create their own questions bank
  • Exceptional value for money
  • Unlimited use across the whole school/college




Design Technology Video Library


Design Technology Video Library Never lose track of those useful DT related Youtube, Vimeo and Facebook video clips ever again.

Our plan, with your help, is to build the mostcomprehensive collection of DT themed video clips ever assembled.

When you come across a clip, simply copy and paste its web address into your custom library editing tool, add it to a topic category, and save. Then you and your students will always be able to find it. What’s more, you can see and add entries of other teachers to your library - making it truly collaborative.

... and if it’s not there you can add it! DT Video Library default topic list:

  • automata
  • biomimicry
  • CAD CAM
  • composite materials
  • cutting
  • design for the disabled / elderly ergonomics
  • flatpack and modular
  • graphic design
  • how it’s made
  • manufacturing processes:metal
  • manufacturing processes:plastic
  • manufacturing processes:wood
  • mechanisms
  • model making
  • ... and if it’s not there you can add it!
DT Video Library topic list continued:
  • modern & smart materials
  • non-renewable energy
  • outdoor furniture
  • printing
  • product testing
  • quirky product design
  • recycling
  • renewable energy
  • robotics
  • scale of production
  • smart and modern materials
  • surface treatments and finishes
  • sustainability
  • textiles technology
  • universal design
  • virtual reality
  • ... and if it’s not there you can add it!




Smart, Modern & Composite Materials


Smart, Modern & Composite Materials A thoughtfully designed resource providing a unique and easy-to-understand insight into the exciting world of 21st Century materials, their development, use, and potential. Focus on Smart, Modern & Composite Materials will help your students get to grips with this complicated and often misunderstood area of Design Technology. Designed to fit in with well with AQA, Edexcel, OCR, SQA and WJEC specifications. Smart Materials Topics

  • what is a smart material?
  • chemiluminescent materials
  • electroluminescent materials
  • piezoelectric materials
  • smart grease
  • smart Inks & coatings
  • shape-memory alloys
  • smart nanomaterials
  • smart polymers
  • smart textiles
  • touch sensing
  • multiple choice test yourself quiz
Modern Materials Topics
  • what is a modern material?
  • aerogels
  • metal foams
  • modern nanomaterials
  • modern technical textiles
  • polymorph
  • superhydrophobic coatings
  • XPL
  • multiple choice test yourself quiz
Composite Materials Topics
  • what is a composite?
  • carbon fibre reinforced polymer
  • energy absorbing polymers
  • glass fibre reinforced polymer
  • quantum tunnelling composite
  • robotic materials
  • concrete
  • plywood
  • multiple choice test yourself quiz





What's Included:

Graphic Products Commercial Printing Processes


Graphic Products Commercial Printing Processes Graphic Products: Commercial Printing Processes interactive Windows program or online resource which examines how Focus Educational Software designs and prints advertising brochures and packaging for its products using the three industry standard printing processes: Offset Lithography, Flexography and Screen Printing. Graphic Products for Design Technology is an excellent replacement for industrial visits now that they are becoming increasingly difficult to organize. Based on real-life production facilities, this eLearning resource effectively brings industry into the classroom. This interactive eLearning Resource is suitable for whole class whiteboard teaching and for use as an individual study aid. Focus on Graphic Products Help to solve this problem by bringing examples of industrial practice into the classroom and is ideal for use with LCD projectors and interactive whiteboards. Not just about printing, this innovative and structured program shows how Focus Educational Software prints, packages and advertises one of its own products using the 3 industry standard printing processes. Students can research and learn about:

  • Offset Lithography, following a typical Focus brochure from concept to print
  • Screen Printing demonstrates the production of a \"Focus\"product CD label
  • Flexography shows how the complete \"Focus\" mailshot is prepared and packaged for dispatch
Offset Lithography
  • Brochure
  • Artwork Production
  • Imposition and Plate setting
  • Plate processing
  • Four colour printing process
  • Folding and Stitching Trimming
Flexography
  • Plate setting
  • Plate processing
  • Printing process
  • Envelope conversion
Screen Printing
  • Screen production
  • Printing process
  • CD-ROM packaging
Reference Topics
  • CMYK
  • Corporate identity
  • Dictionary of printing
  • ISO paper sizes
  • Production costs




KS1 Design Technology: Design and Create


KS1 Design Technology: Design and Create KS1 DT Design and Create supports the teaching of 7 popular KS1 Design Technology themes all contained in one interactive eLearning resource.

Available as a Windows software program and also part of the Focus DT Online Resource Pack, the topics covered include: MOVING PICTURES, PLAYGROUNDS, VEHICLES, HOMES,WINDING UP, PHOTO FRAMES, MOVING MONSTERS

Incorporating the excellent KNEX Education Design & Create kit, this resource really will stimulate students interest in KS1 Design Technology project work. Design & Create : Topics

  • MOVING PICTURES
  • PLAYGROUNDS
  • VEHICLES
  • HOMES
  • WINDING UP
  • PHOTO FRAMES
  • MOVING MONSTERS
A series of worksheets: These support the teaching of each project area. Written in Microsoft Word, these worksheets can be edited by staff to suit individual teaching styles. Example Projects A comprehensive set of example projects accompany each unit of work. Just the job for getting your students going! LCD projectors and whiteboards Ideal for use with interactive whiteboards and LCD projectors. D&C Integrated 2D graphics module Focus on Design & Create has a built in 2D drawing program to help students design and decorate their projects. The program comes with a library of pre-drawn images that can be edited to suit individual needs, saved and printed out for use as templates. Images are fully scalable, with no loss of detail, and can be exported for use in other programs. A set of tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw different shapes and use the program.




Fairground Rides


Fairground Rides Focus on Fairground Rides is an interactive resource supporting the teaching of Design Technology KS2 and KS3 Fairground themed control projects.

This resource encourages research into the design of ride layouts and includes sections examining: Pulleys Systems, Types of Motion, Gear Systems, Switching Circuits, Technical Vocabulary, On-Screen Testing.

Perfect for whole class whiteboard teaching and for use as an individual study aid. Focus on Fairground Rides for KS2 and KS3 DT is available as an installable Windows PC program or via the Focus eLearning web server. Encourage Research Structured to encourage students of all abilities to conduct research into the design of ride layouts, mechanisms and electric circuits, this simple-to-use learning aid includes sections covering:

  • Pulley systems
  • Switching circuits
  • Types of motion
  • Gear systems
  • Technical vocabulary
  • Interactive on-screen test
Interactive Animations 2 High quality 3D animations are available in addition to the photographic images, written descriptions and videos of each toy's mechanical structure. At the click of a button the internal mechanism of each model can be revealed. Switching Circuits The program's step-by-step on-screen circuit builder provides a safe, simple and fun way to learn about the control of motors using simple switching circuits. On-screen Testing Students can check their knowledge and understanding using the on-screen testing module. Displayed in a multiple choice format, students receive instant feedback as they answer each question. Ideal for use with LCD projectors and interactive whiteboards. Integrated 2D graphics module built in 2D drawing program to help students design and decorate their own rides. The program comes with a library of pre-drawn images that can be edited to suit individual needs, saved and printed out for use as templates. Images are fully scalable, with no loss of detail, and can be exported for use in other programs.

A set of tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw different shapes and use the program. 'Ride Drive' Usually £14.95 but you can buy it for £12.95 when you buy an unlimited Time and user License of the Software!!




Mechanical Toys


Mechanical Toys Mechanical Toys Design Technology software and VLE SCORM resource supports the teaching of KS2 and KS3 Mechanical and Moving Toy themed projects.

This easy-to-use resource is perfect for whole class DT whiteboard teaching and individual study. Basic Principles of Mechanisms Structured to encourage students of all abilities to conduct their own investigations into the basic principles of mechanisms, this simple-to-use learning aid includes sections covering:

  • Types of motion
  • Cams and followers
  • Levers and linkages
  • Pulley systems
  • Gear systems
  • Technical vocabulary
Educational Models Combining these topic areas with detailed analyses of 21 real-life automata, Focus on Mechanical Toys delivers a comprehensive educational package that's equally useful as a teaching aid, learning resource or research tool. Interactive Animations High quality 3D animations are available in addition to the photographic images, written descriptions and videos of each toy's mechanical structure. At the click of a button the internal mechanism of each model can be revealed.
  • Users control:
  • Viewing angle of each animation
  • Speed of animation
  • Direction of motion Each animation can be paused at any time and the on-screen image copied and pasted into a word processing or DTP program for inclusion in students' design folders




Focus on Energy Use and Environment


Focus on Energy Use and Environment This interactive resource provides a balanced cross-curricular view of the issues that are of concern to us all, encourages thought about life style choices and suggests ways in which we can all do our bit to conserve the Earths energy resources.

Perfect for whole class whiteboard teaching and as an individual study aid. Topics examined include: What is Energy?, Evidence of Climate Change, Energy Use, Types of Fuel, Renewable Energy, Non-Renewable Energy, Waste Management, Recycling, Water, Carbon Footprint, Interactive Quizzes and Activities. "We have recently bought Focus on Climate Change and have found it to be an excellent resource".
Huw Williams, Head of Science Syr Hugh Owen School. Topics Covered This is a unique interactive learning resource examining the following topics:

  • Climate Change
  • What is Energy
  • Energy Use
  • Types of Fuel
  • Renewable Energy
  • Non-Renewable Energy
  • Waste Management
  • Recycling
  • Water
  • Carbon Footprint
  • Activities
Energy & Environment Learn about Renewable & Non -Renewable electricity generation using high quality videos ,photographs and animations. Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle A comprehensive examination of recycling and waste management demonstrating how we can all make better use of Earth's energy resources. Cross-Curricular Resource Focus on Climate Change links into many subject areas including:
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Citizenship
  • ICT
  • English
  • PSHE
  • Design and Technology
  • Art....





Graphic Products Commercial Printing Processes


Graphic Products Commercial Printing Processes Graphic Products: Commercial Printing Processes interactive Windows program or online resource which examines how Focus Educational Software designs and prints advertising brochures and packaging for its products using the three industry standard printing processes: Offset Lithography, Flexography and Screen Printing. Graphic Products for Design Technology is an excellent replacement for industrial visits now that they are becoming increasingly difficult to organize. Based on real-life production facilities, this eLearning resource effectively brings industry into the classroom. This interactive eLearning Resource is suitable for whole class whiteboard teaching and for use as an individual study aid. Focus on Graphic Products Help to solve this problem by bringing examples of industrial practice into the classroom and is ideal for use with LCD projectors and interactive whiteboards. Not just about printing, this innovative and structured program shows how Focus Educational Software prints, packages and advertises one of its own products using the 3 industry standard printing processes. Students can research and learn about:

  • Offset Lithography, following a typical Focus brochure from concept to print
  • Screen Printing demonstrates the production of a \"Focus\"product CD label
  • Flexography shows how the complete \"Focus\" mailshot is prepared and packaged for dispatch
Offset Lithography
  • Brochure
  • Artwork Production
  • Imposition and Plate setting
  • Plate processing
  • Four colour printing process
  • Folding and Stitching Trimming
Flexography
  • Plate setting
  • Plate processing
  • Printing process
  • Envelope conversion
Screen Printing
  • Screen production
  • Printing process
  • CD-ROM packaging
Reference Topics
  • CMYK
  • Corporate identity
  • Dictionary of printing
  • ISO paper sizes
  • Production costs




KS1 Design Technology: Design and Create


KS1 Design Technology: Design and Create KS1 DT Design and Create supports the teaching of 7 popular KS1 Design Technology themes all contained in one interactive eLearning resource.

Available as a Windows software program and also part of the Focus DT Online Resource Pack, the topics covered include: MOVING PICTURES, PLAYGROUNDS, VEHICLES, HOMES,WINDING UP, PHOTO FRAMES, MOVING MONSTERS

Incorporating the excellent KNEX Education Design & Create kit, this resource really will stimulate students interest in KS1 Design Technology project work. Design & Create : Topics

  • MOVING PICTURES
  • PLAYGROUNDS
  • VEHICLES
  • HOMES
  • WINDING UP
  • PHOTO FRAMES
  • MOVING MONSTERS
A series of worksheets: These support the teaching of each project area. Written in Microsoft Word, these worksheets can be edited by staff to suit individual teaching styles. Example Projects A comprehensive set of example projects accompany each unit of work. Just the job for getting your students going! LCD projectors and whiteboards Ideal for use with interactive whiteboards and LCD projectors. D&C Integrated 2D graphics module Focus on Design & Create has a built in 2D drawing program to help students design and decorate their projects. The program comes with a library of pre-drawn images that can be edited to suit individual needs, saved and printed out for use as templates. Images are fully scalable, with no loss of detail, and can be exported for use in other programs. A set of tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw different shapes and use the program.




Fairground Rides


Fairground Rides Focus on Fairground Rides is an interactive resource supporting the teaching of Design Technology KS2 and KS3 Fairground themed control projects.

This resource encourages research into the design of ride layouts and includes sections examining: Pulleys Systems, Types of Motion, Gear Systems, Switching Circuits, Technical Vocabulary, On-Screen Testing.

Perfect for whole class whiteboard teaching and for use as an individual study aid. Focus on Fairground Rides for KS2 and KS3 DT is available as an installable Windows PC program or via the Focus eLearning web server. Encourage Research Structured to encourage students of all abilities to conduct research into the design of ride layouts, mechanisms and electric circuits, this simple-to-use learning aid includes sections covering:

  • Pulley systems
  • Switching circuits
  • Types of motion
  • Gear systems
  • Technical vocabulary
  • Interactive on-screen test
Interactive Animations 2 High quality 3D animations are available in addition to the photographic images, written descriptions and videos of each toy's mechanical structure. At the click of a button the internal mechanism of each model can be revealed. Switching Circuits The program's step-by-step on-screen circuit builder provides a safe, simple and fun way to learn about the control of motors using simple switching circuits. On-screen Testing Students can check their knowledge and understanding using the on-screen testing module. Displayed in a multiple choice format, students receive instant feedback as they answer each question. Ideal for use with LCD projectors and interactive whiteboards. Integrated 2D graphics module built in 2D drawing program to help students design and decorate their own rides. The program comes with a library of pre-drawn images that can be edited to suit individual needs, saved and printed out for use as templates. Images are fully scalable, with no loss of detail, and can be exported for use in other programs.

A set of tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw different shapes and use the program. 'Ride Drive' Usually £14.95 but you can buy it for £12.95 when you buy an unlimited Time and user License of the Software!!




Mechanical Toys


Mechanical Toys Mechanical Toys Design Technology software and VLE SCORM resource supports the teaching of KS2 and KS3 Mechanical and Moving Toy themed projects.

This easy-to-use resource is perfect for whole class DT whiteboard teaching and individual study. Basic Principles of Mechanisms Structured to encourage students of all abilities to conduct their own investigations into the basic principles of mechanisms, this simple-to-use learning aid includes sections covering:

  • Types of motion
  • Cams and followers
  • Levers and linkages
  • Pulley systems
  • Gear systems
  • Technical vocabulary
Educational Models Combining these topic areas with detailed analyses of 21 real-life automata, Focus on Mechanical Toys delivers a comprehensive educational package that's equally useful as a teaching aid, learning resource or research tool. Interactive Animations High quality 3D animations are available in addition to the photographic images, written descriptions and videos of each toy's mechanical structure. At the click of a button the internal mechanism of each model can be revealed.
  • Users control:
  • Viewing angle of each animation
  • Speed of animation
  • Direction of motion Each animation can be paused at any time and the on-screen image copied and pasted into a word processing or DTP program for inclusion in students' design folders




Focus on Energy Use and Environment


Focus on Energy Use and Environment This interactive resource provides a balanced cross-curricular view of the issues that are of concern to us all, encourages thought about life style choices and suggests ways in which we can all do our bit to conserve the Earths energy resources.

Perfect for whole class whiteboard teaching and as an individual study aid. Topics examined include: What is Energy?, Evidence of Climate Change, Energy Use, Types of Fuel, Renewable Energy, Non-Renewable Energy, Waste Management, Recycling, Water, Carbon Footprint, Interactive Quizzes and Activities. "We have recently bought Focus on Climate Change and have found it to be an excellent resource".
Huw Williams, Head of Science Syr Hugh Owen School. Topics Covered This is a unique interactive learning resource examining the following topics:

  • Climate Change
  • What is Energy
  • Energy Use
  • Types of Fuel
  • Renewable Energy
  • Non-Renewable Energy
  • Waste Management
  • Recycling
  • Water
  • Carbon Footprint
  • Activities
Energy & Environment Learn about Renewable & Non -Renewable electricity generation using high quality videos ,photographs and animations. Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle A comprehensive examination of recycling and waste management demonstrating how we can all make better use of Earth's energy resources. Cross-Curricular Resource Focus on Climate Change links into many subject areas including:
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Citizenship
  • ICT
  • English
  • PSHE
  • Design and Technology
  • Art....





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