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Design Thinking and PBL

Design Thinking and PBL
While project-based learning has existed for decades, design thinking has recently entered the education lexicon, even though its history can be traced back to Herbert A. Simon's 1969 book The Sciences of the Artificial. So why the resurgence of these ideas? Lately, I have heard teachers and school leaders express a common frustration: "We are _______ years into a _______ initiative, and nothing seems to have changed." Despite redesigning learning spaces, adding technology, or even flipping instruction, they still struggle to innovate or positively change the classroom experience. Imagine innovation as a three-legged stool. Consider this conundrum: much of what we know about teaching comes from 16+ years of observation as students. If we look at the science of improvement, systematic change occurs between the contexts of justification (what we know) and discovery (the process of innovation). PBL and 21st-Century Skills A project like Billy’s can seem daunting.

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Preparing Students for a Project-Based World Authored by Bonnie Lathram, Bob Lenz and Tom Vander Ark Download the PublicationDownload the Student Quick Start Guide In the paper, Preparing Students for a Project-Based World, released jointly by Getting Smart and Buck Institute for Education (BIE), we explore equity, economic realities, student engagement and instructional and school design in the preparation of all students for college, career and citizenship. The new economic realities are illustrated by Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar: “My father had one job in his life. I’ve had six in mine, my kids will have six at the same time.” Throughout the paper, authors Bonnie Lathram, Bob Lenz and Tom Vander Ark describe how the new economy and growing inequities are impacting students and schools, and what we need to be doing to better prepare students for a project-based world.

Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing "Design thinking gave me a process to weave through all of the project–based learning experiences I create with my kiddos." "As a leader of a #NextGen school, design thinking is our continuous innovation process." "Design thinking reminds me all the time why I became an educator; it all starts with empathy." An Oasis for Educators

Outstanding in Your Field: What It Takes to Be a Great Teacher Steven Covey wrote a book, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, to help organizations and individuals find their own voices. Covey describes voice as the internal drive to face challenges and rise to overcome them. He explains that each of us has a voice that lies at the central confluence of talent, need, passion, and conscience. Five Ways to Ensure Real Learning Happens in Maker-Enhanced Projects While not new, project-based learning has become a popular method to try and move beyond surface-level learning. Many teachers are trying to figure out the right ingredients for strong projects that interest and engage students, while helping them meet required learning targets. But implementing project-based learning well isn’t easy, especially when many teachers are more accustomed to direct instruction, when they can be sure they’ve at least touched on all the topics in the curriculum. On top of the push toward projects, some educators are also embracing maker-education, a distinct but often overlapping idea. “There’s a lot of research out there about integrating making into project-based learning to ramp up what students are learning in the core content areas that they’re going to be tested in,” said Michael Stone, an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, who taught high school in Tennessee.

Why Design Thinking Conquered The World – Design Exchange Design, Featured, Research, Friday 26 Feb, 2016 Creative companies no longer have a monopoly on design thinking. Now, many industries, including healthcare, education and government, have embraced the principle. If you desire to work in a creative environment, that place might actually be a hospital or a bank. Once the unique competence of creative companies, design thinking has become a way of problem solving for a wide range of companies.

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future Over the next generation, whether they work for corporations, small businesses, government organizations, nonprofits, or other organizations, many U.S. employees will move from working primarily with American colleagues, bosses, and customers for American organizations in U.S. cities, to being part of global teams. As leaders, they will use technology to bridge geographic divides, build organizations that transcend borders, and work together with colleagues from around the world on issues such as climate change, food security, and population growth -- issues that require multinational teams coming together to effect change. For those whose work is closer to home, the changing demographics of the U.S. will mean that their colleagues, customers, and neighbors may look a lot less like them, and have fewer shared histories than American colleagues, customers, and neighbors have shared in the past. 1.

13 Tips for Students Getting Started with Project-Based Learning On a recent visit to speak to college students at the University of Washington, I asked how many of the students were regularly engaged in project-based learning at the university level. I was surprised that only a few students raised their hands. As we have been exploring in our series about project-based learning, it is a project-based world. The reality is, my kids (and yours) and your students are heading into a new economy and a vast technological change. Robots may be taking over routine tasks, and more young people will rely on freelance work or gigs to make a living. Design Thinking – John Spencer The term “design thinking” is often attached to maker spaces and STEM labs. However, design thinking is bigger than STEM. It begins with the premise of tapping into student curiosity and allowing them to create, test and re-create until they eventually ship what they made to a real audience (sometimes global but often local).

Five-Minute Film Festival: Developing Global Citizens In our increasingly connected and interdependent world, it’s critically important that young people have opportunities to engage with diverse cultural perspectives, build geographic knowledge, grow global competency, and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to consider and address our shared global challenges. At Global Education Day in Atlanta this year, I was inspired by all the ways that educators are bringing these kinds of experiences into the classroom. How do you teach global citizenship?

Celebrate National Park Centennial With a Project “Does a project always have to be about a problem? Can’t it be about something worth celebrating?” When a teacher asked me that question this summer during a project-based learning (PBL) workshop, she got me thinking. 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class One day, in front 36 riotous sophomores, I clutched my chest and dropped to my knees like Sergeant Elias at the end of Platoon. Instantly, dead silence and open mouths replaced classroom Armageddon. Standing up like nothing had happened, I said, "Thanks for your attention -- let's talk about love poems." I never used that stunt again. Teaching is a Project-Based Profession: 10 PBL Teacher Mindsets We live in a project-based world. Consider these examples of professions that organize their work into projects: Lawyers work on cases. Each could be viewed as a project.Architects, artists and carpenters have clients. Each client has a different desired outcome for the project.Graphic designers have a series of projects he/she works on, each one with different clients that have particular project requirements and feedback loops to manage.Ecologists studying water work on projects conducting sustained inquiry for different communities who need to improve their water quality.Computer engineers design and code. Their driving question may be about a software problem or about how to code and design a platform feature to enhance a product.

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