We are building a new PhD team to progress this model
Here at Swinburne University of Technology, Centre for Design Innovation, in partnership with the Dr Therese Keane, Swinburne Department of Education, we are excited to get started on a new PhD group to further develop the Technacy and Innovation chart of developmental milestones.
The project will progress from mid 2017 to 2021.
Assoc. Professor Kurt Seemann
Centre for Design Innovation
Swinburne University of Technology.
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy - Keynote
An exciting conference for Teachers of Design and Technology in New Zealand, Wellington, 7th to 9th Oct 2013.
Conference Title: Connect - putting the pieces together
A/Prof. Kurt Seemann
Faculty of Design, Swinburne Univeristy of Technology
The Keynote on Culturally Responsive Design and Technology Education ideas. Click here to download.
Asia Pacific Symposium on Cultures-Based Innovation & Design
Old ways of knowing | Irreversible positive changes
4th-10th August 2013 @ Whakatane, North Island New Zealand:
Cultures-Based Innovation is the use of tangible and intangible cultural heritage to drive irreversable changes in peoples' attitudes, behaviors, and/or values that directly benefit communities under social and environmental distress.
This area is well embedded in design anthropology and technology methods. This area of design represents a new area of skills to explore for advanaced design and technology teachers and students. The techniques we use stretch and enhance D&T educator's practical and conceptual skills in product, system and service design projects. Service design is part of the new content emerging globally in D&T curriculum.
Updated Definition of Tool Systems in The Technacy Elements
More infomration added to assist teachers and students in communicating clearly, what Tool Systems are, including the subgroups of Assistive Devices and Communication Instruments.
PATT27 in Christchurch NewZealand
2 - 6 December 2013
Hosted by College of Education, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Conference to be held at Chateau on the Park, Christchurch, New Zealand
Technology Education for the Future- A Play on Sustainability
- Call for Abstract Papers 4 February 2013
- Abstracts Close 1 April 2013
- Call for Papers 3 June 2013
- Papers Close 30 July 2013
A cooler planet by design
Date posted: Thursday 17 Jan 2013
By Ken Friedman, University Distinguished Professor at Swinburne University of Technology.
From hot property to unwanted waste: it's time to rethink the way we design, produce and reuse new products.
Many of us get frustrated with the slow pace of international action on climate change. But powerless as we feel, we can still make a difference by rethinking the way we design our lives.
Design is rarely considered when talking about climate change, yet is a significant factor in the economic activities and political decisions that are driving emissions higher.
The World Bank's Turn Down the Heat report warns of the consequences of global temperatures rising by an average of four degrees Celcius by the end of this century.
Let us be clear about one thing - the prospect of a four-degree rise is a conservative prediction.
Many equally reasonable scientists believe it is likely we will face more dangerous changes than that, sooner than we think.
This is where designers and their employers, as well as consumers, have to share responsibility for dealing with climate change.
7th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research (TERC)
- Friday 6 April - Deadline for submission of abstracts.
- Friday 4 May - Deadline for notification of status of abstract and request to submit full paper.
- Friday 27 July - Deadline for submission of full written paper for review.
- Friday 31 August - Deadline for receipt of reviews of papers.
- Friday 26 October - Deadline for submission of final paper.
The call for papers is now open. More information on our keynote speakers, registration and program details will be posted on the website in the near future.
For general information and enquiries please contact us.
To see TERC web site click here
Design Means - Talk at Goldsmiths College
Understanding the ‘lores’ of the made world through cross-cultural insight
By Kurt Seemann
Invited Guest speaker to the Design Means talks at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Monday 23rd April 2012, 5pm to 6pm.
This talk explores how we understand technological ways of knowing for world educational futures. It draws on 25 years of cross-cultural technacy research and concludes with a new, more holistic and systemic scholarly frame that sees the world as connected. Could it be time to learn the ‘lores’ of the made world, and seek the insights from old living cultures skilled in practical holism linking people, technology and earth into one contiguous narrative?
DATTA Vic 2011 Dec.
DATTA VIC 2011 Hands On Conference --- Preparing for the new Product Design and Technology StudyWednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December 2011, Ashwood CollegeBookings are now open. For a complete program and for registration, please go to The conference booking page.Late news... The two PD Workshops on Technacy are now Fully Booked!
Technacy for iPad
Technacy Web Site for iPad: Due to many user requests, the technacy web site has commenced background development to make it iPad friendly. Design and content will be fully revised for the Technacy Tab and especially how teachers can engage in the CHART! Due for release later in 2011. Updates will be posted here.
PATT 25 & CRIPT 8
PATT 25 & CRIPT 8: Perspectives on Learning in Design & Technology Education 1 - 5 July 2011. Goldsmiths: University of London, UK. PATT events are always filled with good research and networks in Design and Technology Education.
DATTA Vic 2011
DATTA Vic 2011 Annual Conference Green is the new Black, Friday 20th May and Saturday 21st May 2011, Ntec, (Northland Secondary College). Design and Technology assessment workshop drawing on technacy genre theory, will be run again due to popular request from the Nov2010 conference Click here to Register.