On the Right Track

Technology Design Cycle Report


This is a guide and a design cycle report for the unit ''On The Right Track''. My name is Mam Youthtakak and I am a student at NISC.

Identify the Problem

This is the problem in Grade 8. Some of us don't know all the grading on criteria of each class. Even though it seems that we were told of the criteria last year, we still forgot how many criteria are in each subject and what they are. When students don't know the criteria, they don't have anything to improve on and be confused on what to learn. I have illustrated a chart where it shows of how little I know about the criteria on all subject. On http://www.waikato.ac.nz , it says this:

''However, if we focus on the learning

opportunities offered by assessment and see

assessment as part of the teaching and learning

experience, it is vital that students fully

understand requirements and that the assessment

task is framed by as much conversation and

preparation as possible.''


To increase my understanding of the MYP assessment and how each subjects are graded, I've researched about it.

Through my research, I know that spreadsheets can help students make their assessment tasks. Here are background information on spreadsheets:

  • Spreadsheet is a computer program with can be found in Microsoft Excel. It is used to organize and analyze data. The data can be converted into different graphs such as pie char, line graph, bar chart, etc.
  • The first spreadsheet program was called Visicalc . written for the Apple 2 computer.
  • There are also formulas that can be typed on a spreadsheet cell which can make easier calculations.

What is a Standalone Presentation and steps for making it effective

Standalone presentation is when a presentation is presented without a person presenting the presentation. So the presentation does not require a person. Examples of standalone presentation are billboards, Glogster, banners, posters, Prezi and power point. I found 7 steps that will make a standalone presentation effective. Here it is:

Idea #1: Only include the essentials
Don't make slides or the presentation too long. You only need the essential information. You may get emotional about cutting points out, but you will have to. Outline your message so that it flows well.

Idea #2: Give them a roadmap
Give your audience a clear idea of what you will be covering. Make sure to live up to their expectations. One easy way is to use an agenda of your points.

Idea #3: Use title slides for each main point
Since the viewer can’t hear you transition between points, you need to give them a way to know that you are moving to the next point. Use a consistent design so they recognize it each time.

Idea #4: Recap the key points at the end
Since most people wont take notes as they flip through the slides, you need to recap the key points at the end so they remember your message.

Idea #5: Use large visuals with explanations
If you don’t have great visuals, just create a Word document and send it instead. If you are using PowerPoint, make the photos, diagrams, or graphs fill the screen. Add explanatory text so the viewer understands the point.

Idea #6: Use narration slides
Not every point can be made with a visual. Sometimes you should use a text slide to keep the story moving along. It doesn't need to be a transcript, just the key phrases that move the viewer along.

Idea #7: Build your points
A stand-alone presentation typically has two to five times the number of slides as a delivered presentation. Each slide delivers one point and this keeps the presentation moving along at a good pace. Either use the PowerPoint animation effects and send the file as a PowerPoint Show file so it opens in Slide Show mode, or create the builds over multiple slides.

Make sure to make the audience flow through your presentation to the end so they can take away some info from your standalone.

Design Brief

The students must make a product and shows the assessment for each subject that students and teachers can understand

Design Specifications

Here are the design specifications and things that need to be done to get a good mark:

  • be stand alone
  • be appropriate in length (not to long or too short)
  • for MYP students (audience)
  • outline assessment criteria, how each assessment criteria is graded and how and overall grade is calculated
  • use a good balance of images and text
  • when information and/or images are used from other sources - it must be referenced

The spreadsheet created must:

  • include all subject
  • include all assessment criteria
  • allow for multiple units of work
  • calculate averages, when appropriate
  • include overall grade
  • use different cell colours for different subjects
  • include a heading

Testing Methods

Someone will be testing my product out and giving me feedback on what I did good and what I should improve on.

My spreadsheet will be tested by someone and they will give me feedback and assess me on the 7 criteria.

The people who will be assessing the test are Oudom, Hanbeen, Eric, Sereirath and Dina

1.)Was the standalone product appropriate for the target audience (MYP Students)

2.)Was there a careful balance between text and image in the standalone product?

3.)Were all classes covered in the standalone?

4.)Was there a clear instruction

5.)Was the colour scheme and font choice and layout stylish and effective?

1.) Was the spreadsheet complete, with spaces for all the subjects,

2.) Was colouring used effectivlry on the spreadsheet?

3.) Did the Spreadsheet use the formulas for average? For sum? For sorting data? and for sell merge & bordering & shading?

4.) Did the spreadsheet have a good title?

5.) Was the layout good?

For Comments:;

1.) Name 3 things you liked about the standalone presentation

2.) List key facts from the standalone

3.) Name 3 things you liked about the spreadsheet

4.) Name 3 things that should be change so the spreadsheet is better

5.) Name 3 things that should be change so the standalone is better

What is MYP? MYP is a Middle Years Program for students in grade 7 to grade 10. There are 8 subjects to be taught in MYP but ''Arts'' is divided into 2 and that is Music and Art. Students are required to attend classes. They are:

  • Language A
  • Language B
  • Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Music

I will now examine in greater depth with assessment for each subject.

Technology Class

There are 6 components marked out of 6. The maximum mark in technology is 36

A.) Investigate-6/6

B.) Design-6/6

C.) Plan-6/6

D.) Create-6/6

E.) Evaluate-6/6

F.) Attitudes-6/6

I got this information from conducting an interview with my teacher, Mr.Luke Watson.

Mathematics Class

There are 4 Criteria In MYP mathematics

A.) Knowledge and Understanding-8/8

B.) Investigating Patterns-8/8

C.)Communications in Mathematics-6/6

D.) Reflection-6/6

I got this information on http://www.kaustschools.org/

Science Class

There are 6 Criteria in MYP Science. The maximum mark is out of 36

A.) One World-6/6

B.) Communication in science-6/6

C.) Knowledge and understanding of science-6/6

D.) Scientific inquiry-6/6

E.) Processing data-6/6

F.) Attude-6/6

Source: http://www.saintjamesacademy.org/AssessmentCriteria

Language A Class

There are 3 Criteria In MYP language A

A.) Content-10/10

B.) Organization-10/10

C.) Style and language mechanics-10/10

Source: http://www.saintjamesacademy.org/AssessmentCriteria

Humanities Class

There are 4 criteria in MYP humanities. The maximum mark is out of 28

A.) Knowledge-10/10

B.) Concepts-10/10

C.) Skills-10/10

D.) Organization and presentation-8/8

Source: http://www.saintjamesacademy.org/AssessmentCriteria

Language B

There are 5 criteria in MYP Language B

A.) Speaking and listening(message and interaction)-8/8

B.) Language-8/8

C.) Writing-8/8


E.) Reading Comprehension-16/16

Source: http://www.saintjamesacademy.org/AssessmentCriteria

Visual Arts

There are 4 criteria in MYP Visual Arts

A.) Knowledge and Understanding-8/8

B.) Application-10/10

C.) Reflection and evaluation-8/8

D.) Personal Engagement-8/8

Source: http://www.saintjamesacademy.org/AssessmentCriteria

Physical Education

There are 4 criteria For MYP Physical Education

A.) Use of Knowledge-8/8

B.) Movement composition-6/6

C.) Performance-10/10

D.) Personal engagement-8/8

Source: http://www.saintjamesacademy.org/AssessmentCriteria

Music Class

There are 4 criteria in MYP Music

A.) Knowledge and Understanding-8/8

B.) Application-8/8

C.) Reflection and evaluation-10/10

D.) Personal engagement-8/8

Source: http://www.saintjamesacademy.org/AssessmentCriteria


All of the work should be cited in MLA formatting. This is a website to use to cite sources. http://www.easybib.com/

All of my sources


"IB MYP Assessment Criteria." Program. Saint James Acadamy, n.d. Web. 03 Sept. 2013.


"The KAUST School." The KAUST School. The KAUST School, n.d. Web. 03 Sept. 2013.


"Spreadsheet." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 28 Aug. 2013. Web. 03 Sept. 2013.


"Upper School." Northbridge International School Cambodia, Phnom Penh. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Sept. 2013.