Ting-Ting Chou

Ting-Ting Chou, IB Graduate 2010
NIST International School, Bangkok, Thailand
B.A. Industrial Design, Shih Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan
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ting“Taking IB Design Technology has helped me with my design studies in university. Through the workshop practices and design basics that we learned in DP design technology, I was able to recognize and use many of the tools and machines provided at university. I also was already familiar with some design-related terms and skills before my professors started explaining them.

In addition, as we were required to build a model in IB design Technology, I was fortunate enough to have the outcome in the portfolio for my university application. It was also an opportunity to experience being in the design field and see if you are actually interested in it or not.

From what I have known, many of my classmates from Design Technology pursued in design-related majors, such as furniture design, fashion design, interior design, advertising and design management. To sum up, I would say that taking Design Technology was definitely a factor that led me choose what I major in now. As an industrial design student, I felt that my freshman year was a little easier with the previous preparation I have done in IB Design Technology.

Not only did it inspire me to pursue further study in field of design but it prepared me well for my freshman year as much of the course was an extension of work done in IB DT in particular the Design project and investigations using the design process.”

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Government Inspection: Modeling

A chance to test your skills

Today, since you only have 30-35 minutes in class, I have a special treat for you.  We’ve enabled the inspection system early (it wasn’t going to go online until the end of next week)!  So you have a chance to test your knowledge about modeling and design concepts. If you prefer a video introduction, click here (or here), otherwise, keep reading.

If you just want to get started right away, click the button below.  Your username is the same and your initial password is changeme.  But if you have a minute, I have a couple things to share with you.

First, you’ll have 3 chances to complete this inspection.  There are 10 questions, taken from a larger bank, so when you retake, it’s likely you’ll only see a few of the same questions.  But the concepts covered will be the same in any case.  You’ll have 20 minutes for each attempt.  A passing score is mastery, which is a 9 or 10.

Second, some success tips.  New employees often feel a strong need to retake their inspection right away if they didn’t pass on the first attempt.  Resist!  You’ll do much better if you consider the questions you didn’t answer correctly and the ones you did.  Think about which areas you are already clearly understanding.  Identify in which areas you need further study.  And identify those areas you weren’t sure about but answered correctly.  Study those areas too – because the questions change, if you’re not confident you know an area, it’s worth a bit more of your time.  Also critical: identify if there are any areas you haven’t yet studied?  There may be jobs you still need to do before taking the inspection again.

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