The PO3 of Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes requires students to create content that takes into account “ethical and end user considerations.” This basically means that students should be good digital citizens in all its facets, and one of those is plagiarism/copyright theft. Students should be encouraged at all opportunities to make their own original multi-media content, and creating their own graphics is a key part of this. Not only is this important, learning how to use the tools of graphic design programs like Vectr, Inkscape and Illustrator are one of the key software houses that students need to master.

Following on from our Tessellations unit, where students are introduced to Vectr, this unit gets the students to build complex shapes using a combination of simple shapes like circles, rounded rectangles and squares. This is where Computational Thinking is in this activity. The algorithm is: Using only circles, squares or rounded rectangles, can you create a…? To further emphasise the computational thinking requirement of this exercise, the students have to “decompose” a complex shape like a face into a sequence of simple shapes, having identified these simple shapes, they then assemble/design their own complex shape design that resembles a face/monster/car etc. You can adapt the resource to reflect the focus of the learning in your classroom.


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