Communicating Ideas 02
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Communicating Ideas 02

This KS3 Design and Technology quiz takes a second look at communicating ideas. When written material forms an important part of your presentation, it should be laid out clearly and logically to help others understand your proposals. When you start to prepare your presentation, make some rough notes and sketch some different design layouts. A good written presentation would also contain graphics, including charts, images and diagrams, but only if they help to explain or describe your ideas.

A written presentation should also contain white space (blank areas on the page). This makes it easier to follow, a page that is full of small text in many different colours and no white space would be difficult to read. Key points about your design can be presented as short sentences in a list . Facts and figures can be quite boring so livening them up by making them into a graphic is always a good idea.

What is the best way to show facts and figures in a presentation?
With graphics
With bold text
With photographs
With stencils
These can make your presentation more interesting as well as making it easier to see how the facts and figures are related to your ideas
The parts of the page that will be left blank is called .......
white space
Having a lot of text and graphics without any white space makes it more difficult for the reader to follow your ideas
When you have your working drawings, instructions and presentation finished, what do you need to put together?
Information for making
Outline design
Thumbnail sketch
This helps to communicate exactly how your design will be realised (made)
What is layout?
Adding a spreadsheet to the presentation
The arrangement of words and pictures on a page
The use of stencils when writing words
Using landscape pictures rather than portrait
A good layout will help you to communicate your ideas better
Lettering designs on a computer are known as what?
They are also called typefaces. To make your presentation look good, use only one font. Avoid using handwriting or fancy fonts, it will make your work look like it has been done at primary school
Which of these is NOT a good idea when preparing a document?
Adding one or two pictures/photographs
Formatting the margins to be of equal size
Separating the page with headings and section titles
Using lots of different fonts and colours
More than two fonts or colours can make a document look messy
A pie chart is usually what shape?
A circle
A rectangle
A square
A triangle
Hence the name 'pie' chart!
Which of these is NOT a graphic?
A bar chart
A graph
A pie chart
A web page
A web page will usually contain at least one graphic
To make charts more interesting and attractive, which of these would you use?
All of the above
Charts that are interesting and attractive will communicate their information more easily
When working with textiles, it is helpful to draw patterns on what kind of paper?
This is useful and makes things so much easier if the measurements need to be enlarged or reduced for making different sized items of the same design
Author:  Frank Evans

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