The internet can be a great source of ideas for your Design and Technology projects, but it can also help you with the other skills that you need to learn for your GCSE. As well as finding sites dedicated to the area of design and technology that you are studying, you can also find plenty of resources online that have been created specifically for students studying a GCSE course.
1. The BBC’s Bitesize website is a good place to start if you are looking for help with your course. It has sections for each of the subjects covered by Design and Technology courses, including graphics, electronics and textiles. Bitesize is a good place to review the material that you have covered in class and then to test yourself to check that you have understood all of the important ideas. You can find a selection of different resources within the section for your subject, including revision materials, activities and tests, so there are plenty of ways you can incorporate this site into your preferred revision style.
2. Technology Student has plenty of resources that might help you with the ideas that you encounter during your course. The site has information about the design process and the use of different kinds of materials. There are sections for electronics, graphics and resistant materials, which will be particularly useful for GCSE Design and Technology students, but there are other resources too that could be useful if you want to learn more about technology.
3. The Mr DT site features some examples of work by students on GCSE Design and Technology courses, which might help to inspire you with some ideas for your own projects, but it also has some useful tips and resources to help you with the skills you need to develop during your course. You can find tips on how to lay out your product designs, how to plan your project and how to develop your ideas, as well as practical tips for different kinds of projects. This is a very useful site if you want to review a particular topic, but it will be most helpful if you take a look at the resources on offer when you start your coursework as it can guide you through the process of coming up with and implementing your ideas.
4. The Design Technology Department website has a selection of quizzes and resources that can help you with the ideas you need to learn for your exams. You can test yourself on your knowledge of different kinds of materials, or read up on topics that you are revising.
5. Practical Action has a section on sustainable design and technology that might help you to understand some of the ideas that you have covered in class. The site is intended for teachers, but it is full of resources that you can download to use on your own.
6. Many of these sites focus on other areas of Design and Technology, but if you are studying Food Technology for your GCSE, S-Cool has some useful resources to help you to understand the most important topics. The site has notes to review for each idea and questions for you to use to test yourself on what you’ve learned.
7. Plenty of sites can help you to come up with ideas and techniques that you can use in your course. Instructables is a good place to start looking, as there are suggestions for a wide range of different products and materials that you could use in your work, but there are also some more specialized sites that are worth checking out if you are interested in a particular type of design. For example, Popular Mechanics has some interesting articles on different kinds of technologies, as well as some useful how to articles that describe the kinds of projects you might like to develop if you are taking a course in electronics or resistant materials.
8. Design Addict is an interesting site if you are looking for inspiration for your projects, particularly if you are interested in furniture or jewellery making. The index has information on many famous designers and you can also search for individual products by period, function or material. Web Urbanist is another good design site that includes sections for some of the graphics and design subjects studied at GCSE. If you are interested in pursuing design or technology at a higher level, these sites will be particularly useful as they give a good idea of what can be accomplished in this sort of career. If you are intending to study Design and Technology at A Level, you might also want to check the Arkwright Scholarship website to find out if you can apply for support.