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What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School?

What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School?
Design Thinking Getty Images Design thinking can seem a bit abstract to teachers. It’s not part of traditional teacher training programs and has only recently entered the teachers’ vernacular. Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. But at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., a small, private school for grades K-8, design thinking is part of every class and subject, and has been integrated throughout the curriculum with support from a dedicated Innovation Lab or the iLab. “It’s really a way to make people more effective and to supercharge their innate capabilities,” said Kim Saxe, director of Nueva’s iLab, and one of the champions of design thinking. “Design thinking weaves together a lot of the standards that need to be taught in ways that people will really need to use them.” [RELATED: Recasting Teachers as Designers] Related

The Definitive List of Colleges that Offer Free Online Classes Are you eager to broaden your horizons, but don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on an expensive degree program? If so, you’re in luck. Below you will find a list of some of the top schools in the country, all offering online education programs. Take a look at the free online courses offered by some of the best universities in the country: Take some time to explore each of these websites. Mix and match courses from different schools and trying creating a semester’s worth of free online classes. 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently This list has been expanded into the new book, “Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind,” by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman. Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. And psychologically speaking, creative personality types are difficult to pin down, largely because they’re complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. “It’s actually hard for creative people to know themselves because the creative self is more complex than the non-creative self,” Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University who has spent years researching creativity, told The Huffington Post. While there’s no “typical” creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. They daydream. They observe everything.

Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? As educators across the country continue to examine the best ways of teaching and learning, a new lexicon is beginning to emerge that describes one particular approach — deeper learning. The phrase implies a rich learning experience for students that allows them to really dig into a subject and understand it in a way that requires more than just memorizing facts. The elements that make up this approach are not necessarily new — great teachers have been employing these tactics for years. But now there’s a movement to codify the different pieces that define the deeper learning approach, and to spread the knowledge from teacher to teacher, school to school in the form of a Deeper Learning MOOC (massive open online course), organized by a group of schools, non-profits, and sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation. So what defines deeper learning? Educators often discuss the difficulty of teaching students who don’t seem to want to learn. Related

Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking Recently, I showed a group of students in my high school art class a film called Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), about a seven-year-old boy named Ludovic who identifies as female. Ludovic has an active imagination, but is bullied by both adults and other kids who are unnerved by his desire to wear dresses and play with dolls. The film challenged my students to broaden their understanding of gender and identity and led to a discussion about ways in which our imaginations are limited when we are forced to be who we are not. It also reminded me of other examples in which character is forced to choose an identity, such as the movie Divergent, based on the popular trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth. In Divergent, a dystopian future society has been divided into five factions based on perceived virtues. Defining Divergent Thinking The word divergent is partly defined as "tending to be different or develop in different directions." In the Classroom: Strategies Strategy #2: Let the Music Play

Top 10 Posts of 2012: Deep, Meaningful and Creative Learning Flickr: CriCristina It may come as no surprise that the ideas that are top-of-mind for educators, parents, and policymakers are the very topics conveyed in the most popular MindShift posts this year. Giving kids the tools to create, teachers the freedom to innovate, making students’ work relevant in the real world, giving them access to valuable technology. Being able to use the Internet and operate computers is one thing, but it may be just as valuable to teach students how to code. So much about how and where kids learn has changed over the years, but the physical structure of schools has not. The conversation in education has shifted towards outcomes and training kids for jobs of the future, and in many ways the traditional classroom has become obsolete. Can creativity be taught? At its core, the issues associated with mobile learning get to the very fundamentals of what happens in class everyday. Related

oppia - Tool for creating interactive educational content Oppia is a versatile tool that enables non-technical users to create interactive online educational activities (called 'explorations') that give immediate and personalized feedback to learners. These explorations are incrementally improvable by the community, and embeddable in any webpage. Oppia is free and open source software. It is released under the Apache License 2.0. Hosted versions of Oppia is currently maintained by several members of the development team. Features Requirements If you plan to download the code and run your own instance of Oppia, you need to have Python 2.7 installed on your machine. Oppia also depends on a bunch of other libraries, such as JQuery, Angular UI and Google App Engine (full list). Screenshots Disclaimer: Oppia is not a Google product.

Cynefin på svenska I samband med att jag stötte ihop med Henrik Widaeus så började vi återigen prata om att dra ihop en workshop om processledning och Cynefin. Söker man på taggen Cynefin på min blogg får man en del träffar och blandat tankegods från 2012, så det är en modell som levt med mig ett tag. Men den har ännu inte etablerat sig som en självklart verktyg eller raster för förståelse när vi jobbar med grupper, antagligen för att formerna blir för komplicerade eller modellen för abstrakt. Därför tror jag på en knytkonferens på temat processledning, Edcamp Cynefin eller något annat vilt, men jag tror på ett möte där vi tillsammans diskuterar och brottas med översättning, form, innehåll och mål. Här är den på svenska (Henriks översättning), och jag kommer försöka jobba lite mer intensivt med den fram till sommaren och löpande fotodokumentera och rapportera om upplägg och deltagarnas synpunkter. Här är för övrigt en bra text av Carl Heath där han diskuterar skillnaden mellan komplicerad och komplex.