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How many times have you heard someone say, ‘I’m rubbish at maths!’? Are they the same people who say, ‘I can’t draw to save my life!’? Quite possibly, but the reality is everyone has maths ability and everyone can draw – these are learnable skills and not innate blessings from the gods of geometry.
True, drawing a cuboid isn’t easy and many students end up with squashed boxes instead; but it doesn’t have to be this way. In less than 10 seconds, using the right tool, you can draw a perfect 3D geometric shape. Forget oblique – for a correct visual impression go isometric, with IsoSketch.
This nifty tool is unique and makes drawing ‘true’ projections achievable – and without 10,000 hours of practice too. The shatterproof drawing stencil has been expertly crafted and created by a teacher and designer and is ideal for use in D&T, engineering and maths. It measures just 12cm by 9cm and in itself it is a thing of beauty that enables you to draw cuboids, isometric circles, arrows, rounded corners, smooth edges and extend shapes without the trauma or breaking into a sweat.
IsoSketch addresses a classic classroom frustration head-on and enables students to say, ‘I can draw!’ It will also help play a part in helping develop engineering habits of mind such as adapting, visualising, problem finding, creative problem-solving and improving. It can also help with learning habits such as resilience and resourcefulness.
In the same way that a protractor and a ruler are standard pieces of equipment that schools insist students have in their pencil cases, IsoSketch is a must-have too, given its incredible usefulness. Although it’s targeted at secondary, make sure you let your primary colleagues know about this too.
Whether you want to draw a die, a bird box, a toaster, a radio, a toy telephone, a cup of tea or a space station, IsoSketch is the slice of genius to help you do it. No more bins filled with scrunched up balls of paper. It’s a Formula 1 drawing tool with an A1 attitude.
A class pack of 30 can be purchased and delivered for just £66 and electronic teaching resources are available with printable learning resources and exciting videos to inspire and kick-start your creativity in equal measure.
Although the IsoSketch would suit beginners down to the ground, professionals will also find this an incredibly useful tool to have in their kit. Forget set squares, think IsoSketch and draw some inspiration.
You want to help children learn how to sketch life-like drawings with new-found confidence and adopt the creative mindset of an engineer, designer, mathematician and artist.
Get inspired and order online from thedrawingtoolcompany.com.
Reviewed by John Dabell
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