How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step By Anne Stevens For educators ready to try the idea of design thinking, you’ll be glad to know it does not require extensive transformation of your classroom. That said, it can be a transformative experience for all involved. Here, we try to answer your questions about integrating different components of a design learning experience into familiar, pre-existing scenarios that play out in every school. Can my classroom become a space of possibility? How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory Culture Design Thinking Teaching Strategies Brightworks School Students building a cafe at Brightworks School in San Francisco. By Suzie Boss The following suggestions for turning K-12 classrooms into innovation spaces come from Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World, published in July by Solution Tree.
For Back to School, Reimagine Classroom Design Teaching Strategies Lenny Gonzales By Therese Jilek As the school year begins, most classrooms across the country will mirror traditional class design: rows of desks with passive children sitting quietly listening to a teacher in the front of the class. But not at Hartland-Lakeside. Across the Hartland-Lakeside school district in Hartland, Wisconsin, teachers have transformed their Industrial Age classrooms into innovative, state-of-the-art learning spaces. Why Schools Should Help Students Find Their Passion "Many people spend their entire lives doing things they don't really care for" and "endure their lives" says reknowned creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson in a talk for the School of Life on finding our purpose and following our passion. Robinson—who is known for speaking out against our highly standardized, one-size-fits-all education system that follows a "linear mode of production" and steers workers toward filling slots at companies so our economy can "beat China"—says the problem with this system is that humans are hard wired to use our imaginations and produce new things. When we find ourselves doing things we aren't passionate about, we are, unsurprisingly, pretty miserable. As always, Robinson has plenty of fascinating anecdotes about creativity and learning, but towards the end of his talk (around the 46:00 mark) he shares a story that's especially relevant for those students—and their parents—heading to college in a few weeks.
Educators Guide to the use of Pinterest in Education Some educational Pinners to follow This is the editor of the famous blog cool cat teacher. It has over 69 boards all with more than 600 pins. Some of her best boards include "Teaching Ideas and App", Collaborative Writing", and " Global Collaboration in Education ".
Outline for a New Pedagogical Framework Education is one of the most fertile fields for innovation. There is a continuous effort by the community to improve the pedagogy and think of new ways of reaching out to students in newer and better ways. And yet, the education system is among the most archaic, slow-to-change creatures in India (and albeit in a slightly well-dressed manner, in the West too). One explanation to this contradiction is that the large mass of people that comprise the education system are not the same dedicated, creative, not to mention smart people that are at the vanguard of creative life-changing, transformative education. Classroom Design Principles for an Increasingly Online World In my travels, I have the opportunity to speak with education leaders around the world. When I ask these presidents, provosts, deans, faculty, and chief technology officers what keeps them up at night, increasingly their answers all center on two areas; 1) Cost (of instruction delivery tuition), and 2) the explosion in online instruction models. In the evolving education landscape, these factors are front and center in shaping the future of learning. But often over-looked, or less well understood, is the critical role that the physical learning space has in complimenting a new, lower cost, instructional model. Believe it or not, the average "functional age" of a school building in the United States is more than 42 years.
Purposeful Design Why technology integration matters so much in today’s classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Aileen Strickland Improving educational outcomes is a nearly universal goal, yet how to achieve it remains a focus of continuing research and debate. How Leadership Can Make or Break Classroom Innovation The leaders of a school or school district play a big role in setting the culture and work environment for teachers. And when it comes to trying new things, the attitude of principals and superintendents can sometimes make or break a teacher’s willingness and ability to weave new ideas and methods into the teaching practice. In most schools, strong, effective leaders can make all the difference. In addition to setting the tone for nimble and progressive teaching that’s geared towards what students need most, school leaders can also find ways to integrate technology in smart ways that work on the same goals. And they can help to remove roadblocks when necessary.
New Active Learning Spaces The body of research supporting active, student-centered learning is growing rapidly now. Active learning includes instructional methods and tangible elements, such as furnishings As a direct result of recent evidence-based studies, the practice of building learning environments to encourage and promote student engagement is gaining widespread momentum. These spaces enable students to work together, have discussions, move around as necessary, and engage on a deeper level. In an effort to create holistic learning environments, The University of Southern Mississippi has begun transforming classrooms (as well as informal spaces) to help students interact with each other and with the course content in the classroom and beyond.