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7 cs learning_design_mooc. How Are We Preparing Students to Be Tomorrow's Innovators?  Follow the discussion on Empowering Education Leaders to Innovate on Wednesday Jan. 30 at 3pm PST.

How Are We Preparing Students to Be Tomorrow's Innovators? 

According to the just-released Gallup-HOPE index for 2012, developing a world-changing invention is an aspiration shared by 42 percent of youth in grades 5-12. That's good news. What is “Design Thinking”? A Conceptual Model of Design Thinking So you want to know what “design thinking” is?

What is “Design Thinking”?

Broadly spoken it is a package of mindsets, principles, practices, and techniques , which resemble the way certain designers work and approach problems that go beyond a product’s look. We call it “package”, because the knowledge has just been made tacit and accessible on a broader scale to non-designers in recent years (e.g. as advocated by IIT.ID, d.Schools at Stanford and Potsdam, and many others). As this package resembles certain elements of intra-/entrepreneurial activity (e.g. user-centeredness, brainstorming, synthesis, prototyping, testing solutions with users, multidisciplinary teamwork, etc.) and as it organizes them in an apparently structured manner, many organizations took notice.

Critical Thinking and Critical Pedagogy. Critical Thinking and Critical Pedagogy: Relations, Differences, and Limits Nicholas C.

Critical Thinking and Critical Pedagogy

Burbules and Rupert Berk Department of Educational Policy Studies Published in Critical Theories in Education, Thomas S. Popkewitz and Lynn Fendler, eds. (NY: Routledge, 1999). Two literatures have shaped much of the writing in the educational foundations over the past two decades: Critical Thinking and Critical Pedagogy. User centered solving problem - Design Thinking Action Lab.

Introduction to Critical Thinking. . :VirtualSalt Robert Harris Version Date: January 1, 2001 What is Critical Thinking? You've been thinking all of your life, of course, for thinking is simply the interaction of ideas. However, thinking is somewhat similar to other skills, like writing, drawing, or fixing cars. Analysis. It follows that sometimes the evaluation and judgment will be positive. Critical thinking should be a constructive force and attitude, for examining all ideas and arguments, including your own dearly held ones, and for separating the ideas from their vehicles, to divide true from false, accurate from distorted, complete from incomplete, and so on. The 7Cs of Learning Design Toolkit. This section contains an integrated set of resources for technology-enhanced learning design across discplines.

The 7Cs of Learning Design Toolkit

The resources have all been tried and tested by participants on the University of Leicester's Carpe Diem workshops and the Open University's OULDI (OU Learning Design Initiative) project, and are organised under the headings of seven Cs: conceptualise, capture, create, communicate, collaborate, consider and consolidate. How to use the 7Cs toolkit for designing technology-enhanced learning A brief guide to using the resources in this toolkit The 7Cs e-tivities map. 10 Must-have iPhone Apps for Designers. Photo: JD Hancock With a new year comes bigger and mostly better additions to the design communities.

10 Must-have iPhone Apps for Designers

This can be anything from new resources like textures and brushes to new design trends making the rounds. We even get an arsenal of new web and mobile applications every few weeks which is making it a lot easier to get things done without being tied down to one place. Last year I introduced 22 Creative, Useful iPhone Apps for Graphic Designers ranging from free to a few dollars that wouldn’t put a dent in your pocket.

Design Thinking Timer. Design Thinking Canvas on the App Store. 45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators. 45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators Imagine a world where digital learning platforms help adult learners succeed through college completion; where a network of schools offers international-quality education, affordable tuition, and serves hundreds of thousands of children in economically disadvantaged countries; where we engage parents in understanding national trends and topics in education; where a comprehensive learning environment seamlessly connects the classroom with the opportunities of the digital world for young students; and where system-level solutions help more students gain access to college.

45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators

Educators across the world have been using design thinking to create such a world. Design thinking consists of four key elements: Defining the Problem, Creating and Considering Multiple Options, Refining Selected Directions, and Executing the Best Plan of Action. A learning design toolkit to create pedagogically effective learning activities. A learning design toolkit to create pedagogically effective learning activities Gráinne Conole and Karen Fill Abstract: Despite the plethora of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tools and resources available, practitioners are still not making effective use of e-learning to enrich the student experience.

A learning design toolkit to create pedagogically effective learning activities

This article describes a learning design toolkit which guides practitioners through the process of creating pedagogically informed learning activities which make effective use of appropriate tools and resources. This work is part of a digital libraries project in which teaching staff at two universities in the UK and two in the USA are collaborating to share e-learning resources in the subject domains of Physical, Environmental and Human Geography.

Finding, or creating, suitable e-learning resources and embedding them in well designed learning activities can be both challenging and time consuming. Interactive Demonstration: An online version of the toolkit is available at. How to use design thinking in your next project. With more and more engineering-focused companies trying to become design-centric, they’re no doubt trying to adopt design thinking.

How to use design thinking in your next project

But it’s not as simple as saying, “Just use design thinking.” Saying it does not make it so. What exactly is “Design Thinking”? Let’s take a step back and hear from the man who helped shaped the methodology as it’s used today, Tim Brown of IDEO. Create a Culture of Questioning and Inquiry. I have often suggested to teachers that when students have access to technology, whether it is provided by the school in a 1:1, BYOD, or simply the smart phone in their pocket, there should never be a question that goes unanswered –or un-followed. These are teachable moments for how to effectively search for information (information literacy & digital literacy) and allowing the time for students to explore connected ideas brings more depth to the learning, and allows students to make sense of things as they combine new information what they already know and understand, as well as to identify misunderstandings.

Questioning leads to synthesis. It also makes the learning personal for students. What I discovered in the 300+ observations I have done for our 21 st Century Learning grant work was that the problem isn’t necessarily about allowing time for students to answer questions. Ask: “What do you wonder?” Teaching Students How to Conduct Inquiry-Driven Research. If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Teaching Students How to Conduct Inquiry-Driven Research

- Albert Einstein Teaching Students How to Conduct Inquiry-Driven Research It always starts with a question. Most of the time there is a simple answer to that question. What time does the store open? But a lot of times our questions don’t have an easy answer to them. Should I teach problem-, project-, or inquiry-based learning? SmartBlogs. Lately, there have been a bunch of buzzwords floating around the education world that all seem to mean the same thing.

Should I teach problem-, project-, or inquiry-based learning? SmartBlogs

You’ve probably heard them: problem-based learning, project-based learning and inquiry-based learning. Is there a difference? How will you know which one to do in your classroom? First, let’s start with what they have in common. All of these methods place an emphasis on teaching process, not just content. So you know you want to try one of these teaching methods, but how do you decide which one? Teaching Design Thinking. Steps for Applying Design Thinking to Build and Evolve Schools. High School design team members check out ideas written on post-it notes during a brainstorming session. (Photo: Courtesy of Will Eden) By Lillian Mongeau, The Hechinger Report Students don’t usually get to design their own high schools. Neither do parents or community members who lack experience in education. But, in what could become a national model, all of these people have been asked to weigh in on the plan for a new high school in San Jose, Calif.

That’s because the school, soon to be the first high school in the Alpha Public Schools charter network, is using a process called “design thinking,” which puts the user’s needs first. Library catalog › Details for: Designing project-based science, connecting learners through guided inquiry / The Team Canvas. What's it about? The Team Canvas is Business Model Canvas for teamwork. It's a free tool for leaders, facilitators and consultants to organize team alignment meetings and bring members on the same page, resolve conflicts and build productive culture, fast.

It's based on Alex and Mitya's years practical experience with creating, leading, supporting and facilitating teams. For more information on theory behind Team Canvas, visit: Students Tell All: What It’s Like to Be Trusted Partners in Learning. Science Leadership Academy students (Bailey Collins) Inquiry-based learning is not a new pedagogy, but it has come back into fashion in progressive education circles recently because of new emphasis on the power of students’ innate curiosity to drive learning.

Inquiry-based learning asks students to discover knowledge on their own with guidance from their teachers. Rather than receiving information up front through lectures, students research guiding questions, ask their own follow-ups and get help along the way. How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step. By Anne Stevens. An Exercise in Design Thinking: Step 1: Discovery Browsing the “printable backpacking checklist” search results, I ran into two common themes: They’re either all super rigid, bloated and overly exhaustive, or they’re not actually printable.

For example, many are weighed down with various bright colors/artwork (increased ink usage) or they’re not formatted to print in any sort of logical/economical way. The top Google result features a tiny text link to a downloadable PDF, but you’d have to adhere to one person’s specific packing ideology, i.e. a somehow vague, yet specific “2/2.5 lbs of food per day”. The second result I found gets pretty close to the content I would be looking for (complete with a Papyrus header), but the only way to print is to download an “ms word” document. Well, no thanks. Addressing the Problems: Rethinking Education with Design Thinking - Point of View - February 2014. Peter Pfau At Brightworks, the design thinking school in San Francisco, students create prototypes to test their ideas relating to the project of the day.

Courtesy Brightworks. Welcome to the Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking. Welcome to the’s Virtual Crash Course resource page! Design Schools: Please Start Teaching Design Again. It’s that time of year when Adaptive Path wades through stacks of design school students’ resumes, looking for summer interns and potential hires.

IDESiGN_Why Teach Design Thinking? Design Thinking. Design Thinking: Lessons for the Classroom. Kids Solve The Most Pressing Urban Problems With Designs You'd Never Think Up. Ask a 10-year-old how to solve the problem of cleaning up trash, and you might end up with a concept like the "De-Waster 5000," a helicopter that scoops plastic out of landfills and the ocean—and then uses a solar-powered flamethrower to melt the trash into beds for homeless people. In other words, you'll get something that probably wouldn't occur to an adult designer. The De-Waster was one of the prototypes created in the Global Childrens' Designathon on November 15, which invited kids in five cities to spend a day designing solutions to improve food, waste, or mobility issues in their hometowns. For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer. Thinkstock In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information.