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Teaching Kids Design Thinking, So They Can Solve The World's Biggest Problems

You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it. ? Albert Einstein Assessment The test scores are out again. You can choose any of the international standardized tests and on average, American children will always be stuck in the middle, compared with their peers in other countries. A Vision We all recognize a need for massive change in American education, but is our ultimate goal to outrank other countries in assessment tests and to beat the Chinese in math scores? We need new minds equipped with new ways of thinking. Our world desperately needs leadership in achieving sustainable social justice, not simply learning the answer to a test question. Future generations will be called to solve some of the most challenging problems ever created and faced by man. Design Camp To find a new set of solutions for our education system, let's begin by asking the generation that is most affected by the current state of education. The students? Entanglement [Photo courtesy of Christian Long] Related:  Creative ThinkingDesign Thinking for SchoolsDesign Thinking

Welcome to the Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking Welcome to the’s Virtual Crash Course resource page! We know not everyone can make a trip to the to experience how we teach design thinking. So, we created this online version of one of our most frequently sought after learning tools. Using the video, handouts, and facilitation tips below, we will take you step by step through the process of hosting or participating in a 90 minute design challenge. If you choose to participate, in 90 minutes you will be taken through a full design cycle by participating in The Gift-Giving Project. Through this experience we hope you will take away some of the basic principles of Design Thinking and start to adapt them into your personal and professional routines. Below, you will find three sections: Gear Up!

How To Use Design Thinking To Teach Problem Solving By Suzie Boss on April 10, 2013 As a strategy for problem solving, design thinking is quickly gaining a foothold in a variety of K-12 settings. A growing number educators nationwide are adopting design thinking as a way to teach students problem solving. "Design your own shoe." That's what high school students thought they were signing up to do when they volunteered for an immersive experience in design thinking. A four-day, hands-on learning experience offered a vehicle for connecting students with their community. Chad Faber, director of the Knight Family Scholars Program at Catlin Gabel School, an independent K-12 school in Portland, Oregon facilitated the four-day, hands-on learning experience along with Greg Bamford (@gregbamford) from the Leading is Learning collaborative in Seattle. Watching this class unfold in Portland, I was reminded that design thinking also offers a perfect vehicle for connecting students with their community. More Articles related to problem solving.

Design Thinking Thomas Edison created the electric lightbulb and then wrapped an entire industry around it. The lightbulb is most often thought of as his signature invention, but Edison understood that the bulb was little more than a parlor trick without a system of electric power generation and transmission to make it truly useful. So he created that, too. Thus Edison’s genius lay in his ability to conceive of a fully developed marketplace, not simply a discrete device. He was able to envision how people would want to use what he made, and he engineered toward that insight. Edison’s approach was an early example of what is now called “design thinking”—a methodology that imbues the full spectrum of innovation activities with a human-centered design ethos. Many people believe that Edison’s greatest invention was the modern R&D laboratory and methods of experimental investigation. Design thinking is a lineal descendant of that tradition. Getting Beneath the Surface How Design Thinking Happens

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. 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. “Every community is unique and presents unique assets and unique challenges and we needed to be ready to leverage those assets and address those challenges,” said Will Eden, who will be the principal of Alpha: Cindy Avitia High School. Design thinking is a method of problem solving developed largely by Stanford University professors who sought to codify a product design process that emphasized creative solutions to meet users’ needs. “I heard it’s never been used for a whole high school,” he said. “Education is not that nimble,” Wise said.

Urban Preschool – Art and Education » Why Teach Design Thinking? Every now and then I have some time to browse through the numerous links that I have saved in my “play+design” folder. I don’t know how long this resource has been sitting there but I am happy to have become reacquainted with it, today. “The information on this website is provided free to anyone interested in teaching children and young adults the creative and critical thinking skills they need to cope with any subject or situation. Written by Dr. In other words, SHARE! “Design thinking is multidisciplinary and applicable to any subject. Design thinking integrates imagination and analytical thinking. Design thinking emphasizes constructive thinking over factual retention. Design thinking links information to experience and responsible action. Design thinking encourages objective assessment and values. Design thinking promotes cooperation, socialization and humanistic understanding.

Design Thinking: Lessons for the Classroom The Design Thinking Process While design thinking has its roots in the innovation/design sector, the process itself can be used anywhere. Indeed, it is a great tool for teaching 21st century skills, as participants must solve problems by finding and sorting through information, collaborating with others, and iterating their solutions based on real world, authentic experience and feedback. (It is also a great tool to develop and run a school, but that's a different post for a different day.) I had the good fortune to participate in a collaborative workshop at the Big Ideas Fest, where we practiced design thinking with about 12 other educators over a three-day period. Practitioners of design thinking have different steps depending on their needs. 1) Identify Opportunity 2) Design 3) Prototype 4) Get Feedback 5) Scale and Spread 6) Present In design thinking, you work through the steps together in small groups (or "Collabs" as they were called at BIF2011). Six Design Thinking Steps

Why Every School Must Teach Designing Do something for me. Stand in front of the mirror and just look at your physical beauty. Can you imagine the immense amount of thought that would have gone into designing something as complex as a human being? So, why a complete article on this topic? Agreed. Look, I am not sure if your country (or your school) teaches design to every student or not, but believe me this isn’t very common. I want to put forth one more point before I move forward. At Least Teach Design Thinking? One needs to understand the thought process that is involved in design in order to come up with original designs. I imagine a world where every school teaches designing. Be it a science student or a Math student, one must understand the importance of Design Thinking. So, What is Design Thinking? Design Thinking will not be a topic of discussion that you can find in books. Design Thinking is something that will integrate your imagination with the strategy to do work. But, Only Design-Thinking Won’t Do! Conclusion

A Design Lens on Education “Education provides the foundation of our global possibilities. We design this well, and the whole world changes.” I agree wholeheartedly with this statement from Sandy Speicher, one of the few people I know who is well qualified to have a perspective on both design and education. Her journey has taken her from graphic designer to college professor to education designer to education expert. Sandy now leads the education practice at IDEO. Recently I asked Sandy to share her thoughts on design thinking in education. What’s different when you look at the world of education through the lens of design? Most of us have deeply embedded ideas about what’s “right” for education. What are some of the big questions in education that design is helping to address? Some of my favorites we’ve been working on at IDEO include: + How might we create a digital learning platform that helps adult learners succeed through college completion? My background is in visual communications.