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Planning for practice

Planning is the up-front and on-going thinking that enables a fit-for-purpose outcome to be developed. It is an essential part of all technological practice.

Planning should consider:

  • the physical and sociocultural environment of an outcome
  • the context the technologist will be working in.

Effective planning enables technologists to systematically account for all the factors that influence the successful fulfillment of a brief. It also supports reflection and decision making.

Related resources

Teaching snapshots

Batch production in food practical classes

Teacher Jeff Thomas finds that the context of batch production provides rich opportunities for teaching and learning about planning for practice.

Technological practice and producing a newspaper

Producing their own class newspaper was a great context for year 6 students to learn about technological practice and characteristics of technology. 


A WOW costume inspired by a longhorn beetle

A Wellington High School student successfully designed and made a costume for the Te Papa windows for the 2013 WOW festival. She says she uses the processes she learnt through technology in all aspects of her life.

Technology in the news

Watch: This Brilliant Lego Calendar Syncs With Google

To keep track of their projects, a design studio in London created a wall-sized calendar made of Lego bricks that syncs with Google.

Planning for practice: Key ideas (Word 2007, 23 KB)

Acknowledgment: This paper is derived from an earlier version by Dr Vicki Compton and Cliff Harwood.

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