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Technology Unit Planning: Cell Phone / iPod Holder Planning Unit: Overview


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Model of cell-phone holder


Year 8

Duration: 8 sessions
Description of Context: Electronic holding devices
Key Focus: Transformation of Information/Energy/Material (Highlight)

Class Description/Students Past Experiences:
Year 8 students/one years experience in the Technology rooms, but with no experience in working with plastics. Beginning understandings of Technological Practice.

Key Focus: (Technological Practice)


  • Outcome Development and Evaluation
  • Brief Development
  • Understanding of Technology Cycle
  • Functional models

Key Focus: Context specific skill/knowledge:


  • Experience in working with plastic.
  • Sketching and rendering.
  • Construction of MDF models
  • Safe use of tools and equipment.
  • Correct use of tools and equipment when working with plastic
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Cell-phone holder final outcome

Predetermined Specific learning outcomes:


  • Develop an understanding of Technological practice (CoT)
  • Develop skills in working with plastics.
  • Develop knowledge of plastic performance.
  • Develop drawing accuracy techniques for working drawings.
  • Identify a stakeholder and determine their needs/likes (BD)
  • Develop specifications in keeping with identified needs. (BD)
  • Undertake modelling as a form of testing and trialling. (ODE and TM)
  • Apply knowledge and skills in the manufacture of a quality solution. (ODE)

Assessment Strategies:


  • Observation of tool selection and use to produce an outcome.
  • Discussion with students about knowledge of how to work materials to form products.
  • Teacher checks through ongoing formative discussions with each student and marking of portfolios to ensure all students have: developed concepts, tested mock-ups, completed an outcome in given time, evaluated outcome against performance specs.
  • Observation of cooperation between students.

Learning Links

Key Competencies:


  • Using language symbols and text
  • Managing self
  • Relating to others
  • Thinking
  • Participating and contributing



  • Key stakeholder values
Cross Curriculum:


  • Maths – measuring
  • Problem solving
  • English – evaluative skills

Learning Environment Considerations

Safety Issues (Refer to MOE Revised Health & Safety Guidelines.)


  • Safe use of hand tools
  • Use of scroll saws

Resources Required:


  • 3mm Acrylic, card, masking tape, coping saws, scroll saws, files, sand paper.
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Student model and final outcome


Phone-iPod Stand: Overview | Learning Sequence | Assessment (46kb, .doc) | Worksheet (73kb, .doc)

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