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Design Thinking: Lessons for the Classroom

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

To get you started... Design thinking is a methodology for creative problem solving. You can use it to inform your own teaching practice, or you can teach it to your students as a framework for real-world projects. We believe that creative confidence comes from repeated practice using a human-centered creative process to solve problem scenarios called design challenges. Check out these tour modules we facilitate for students at the How to bring design thinking into your school Getting Ready Resources Helpful resources to train others about design thinking Workshops and materials from our network Design Thinking for Educators Workshop Schedule Weekly assignments, posted on Monday mornings, can be done at any time during the week. Each Monday we will post a new assignment. Participants will use and a Ning site to complete the assignments at any time during the week. Registrants will receive a weekly email which covers that week's assignment with all the necessary links to resources. July 30 - August 3 (Week 1): Introduction to the Design Thinking Process What is Design Thinking? August 6 - 10 (Week 2): Discovery & Interpretation Phase I have a challenge. August 13 - 17 (Week 3): IdeationWe have a better understanding of our challenge. August 20 - 24 (Week 4): Experimentation & EvolutionI see an opportunity: What do I create? August 27-31 (Week 5): The Future In our final week, we'll work to apply Design Thinking in our school or community setting. COST: Free! Thanks for joining us!

Make Space Make Space (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) is a new book based on the work at the Stanford University and its Environments Collaborative Initiative. It is a tool for helping people intentionally manipulate space to ignite creativity. Appropriate for designers charged with creating new spaces or anyone interested in revamping an existing space, this guide offers novel and non-obvious strategies for changing surroundings specifically to enhance the ways in which teams and individuals communicate, work, play—and innovate. This work is based on years of classes and programs at the including countless prototypes and iterations with students and spaces. CLICK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THREE HOW TO SPREADS FROM THE BOOKZ-RackT-WallFoam CubesHiding Place Make Space breaks down content into 5 buckets: Tools—tips on how to build everything from furniture, to wall-treatments, and rigging Situations—scenarios, and layouts for sparking creative activities

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6 Expert Tips for Flipping the Classroom Tech-Enabled Learning | Feature Page 4 of 5 6 Expert Tips for Flipping the Classroom He admits the flipped model requires more flexibility on the part of the professor. 5) Set a specific target for the flip. 6) Build assessments that complement the flipped model. Design Thinking » thoughts by Tim Brown Design Thinking for Educators (Five-Week Virtual PD... Invalid quantity. Please enter a quantity of 1 or more. The quantity you chose exceeds the quantity available. Please enter your name. Please enter an email address. Please enter a valid email address. Please enter your message or comments. Please enter the code as shown on the image. Please select the date you would like to attend. Please enter a valid email address in the To: field. Please enter a subject for your message. Please enter a message. You can only send this invitations to 10 email addresses at a time. $$$$ is not a properly formatted color. Please limit your message to $$$$ characters. $$$$ is not a valid email address. Please enter a promotional code. Sold Out Pending You have exceeded the time limit and your reservation has been released. The purpose of this time limit is to ensure that registration is available to as many people as possible. This option is not available anymore. Please read and accept the waiver. All fields marked with * are required. US Zipcodes need to be 5 digits.

Design Thinking: Creative Ways to Solve Problems Tinkering Hands: Students at a suburban San Francisco school work on redesigning a preschool room. Designers see the world differently than the rest of us. What if the same were true for the learning process? By applying the techniques of product design to education, they want to loosen the narrow, rigid process of traditional learning and show teachers how to tap into students' deep wells of creativity, encourage them to see nuanced problems from inside the very core of an issue, and make critical thinking essential to solving any problem. The k12 Lab has distilled the design process down to the following steps: Understand, Observe, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. Melissa Pelochino, a teacher at an economically disadvantaged school in nearby East Palo Alto, is a k12 Lab convert. "Our kids spend their time trying to figure out what answer the teacher wants to hear rather than on what they want to say," she explains. PDF [4.1 mb] Download: k12 Lab's Design Challenge tool kit

How To Create An Effective Classroom Website No doubt you have already have a classroom website or will be required to create one in the very near future. Virtually every classroom teacher around the globe is being caught up in the development of this essential communication tool. Most of the early birds to this challenge went out and used providers such as Teacher Web. Now, more and more districts are implementing a provider that the entire district will use that provides continuity and uniformity. I started about 8 years ago with a variety of services, but about two years ago my district settled on one software host for us all to use. The first thing you will need is a website template. Hosts WordPress – very clean and attractive, an excellent choice Blogger – Google’s product SchoolRack – free classroom website or blog creator Shutterfly – this photo website met my needs for a couple of years Once you have your blank canvas it’s time to start building your site from the ground up. Audio Contact Methods Forms Images Logos Screencasts

What is Design Thinking, Really If you’re a businessperson or someone interested in understanding how to facilitate innovation, you’ve probably heard of “design thinking” by now. Coined by IDEO’s David Kelley, the term refers to a set of principles, from mindset to process, that can be applied to solve complex problems. I’ve seen articles lately ranging from those that highlight its potential, [Design Thinking for Social Innovation, How does design thinking give companies a competitive advantage?] to those that warn of it’s impending failure as a practice [Why Design Thinking Won't Save You , The Coming Boom and Bust of Design Thinking]. I just got through the book a few days ago, and feel like I “get it.” Design Thinking as a Path to Innovation Though the subtitle of the book is “How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation,” what Brown is actually proposing in this book goes far beyond offering advice for keeping your business on the leading edge of innovation. Tools for Design Thinking

rcs5M : Prototyping for the library... Iterative Design: Towards the Perfect Paper Plane Iterative design isn’t design by trial and error. Iterative design is a process of continually improving not just the design, but also the problem your design is trying to solve. Coming up with a solution is often the most straightforward part of the design process. That isn’t to say that creating the solution is easy, or doesn’t require a deep knowledge and honed skill set. A good problem statement gives a tight set of constraints within which to work. Marissa Mayer, the Google VP for User Experience, said it well: “When people think about creativity, they think about artistic work — unbridled, unguided effort that leads to beautiful effect. I’ve been on a quest for the last 16 years. But my quest didn’t start with the duration as its goal. Design Goal: Make a paper-plane Like most kids, my first airplane was the “dart”. After playing with the dart for a bit, I was unsatisfied: it flies less like a airplane than a rock with ersatz wings. These two requirements led to a new design goal.