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Steps for Applying Design Thinking to Build and Evolve Schools

Steps for Applying Design Thinking to Build and Evolve Schools

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Asking users about their needs can open up the possibilities of what can be addressed by schools. As a result of design thinking, one school created a separate parents’ center.

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The Benefits of Paper Prototypes in Games and Learning

The Benefits of Paper Prototypes in Games and Learning

| February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Most games, including digital ones, start with a paper prototype. Students and educators can learn from the process of planning, drawing and creating a game on paper.

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A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays

A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays

| February 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Many young patients resort to tv to pass the time during long hospital stays. A mobile maker project aims to ignite creativity, while helping kids solve problems they face during their visits.

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How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom

How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom

| November 26, 2014 | 4 Comments

Break-out spaces and furniture on wheels can do wonders to enhance a person’s learning experience. Here are six low-cost ideas for creating those environments in the classroom.

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How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities

How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities

| November 20, 2014 | 4 Comments

Libraries are experimenting with some exciting ways to inspire and engage the community by creating meeting and maker spaces with old technology and new.

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Putting Power In the Hands of Kids Through Design Thinking

Putting Power In the Hands of Kids Through Design Thinking

| February 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

Using design thinking to get teenagers to reimagine their learning environment, design firms and educators show kids how the process can help them make a difference in their neighborhoods, all the while giving them control over their own learning. “You need to challenge students because they will rise to the occasion,” says educator and designer […]

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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed

| October 16, 2013 | 7 Comments

At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students’ and teachers’ everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.

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The Maker Movement Finds Its Way Into Urban Classrooms

The Maker Movement Finds Its Way Into Urban Classrooms

| September 17, 2013 | 8 Comments

As kids head back school this fall, educators and researchers are teaming up to figure out what kids learn from tinkering, and how it may help prepare them for the future.

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Mixing Art and Astrophysics, Students Explore the Universe

Mixing Art and Astrophysics, Students Explore the Universe

| August 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

With just a few keystrokes on the computer students can try their own hand at mixing science with art by controlling small telescopes that take pictures of planets, stars, galaxies, asteroids, nebulas and other astronomical objects. They can then use those images to create their own artistic renditions of the cosmos through the MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network, a group of five automated telescopes controlled online.

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How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step

How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step

| June 26, 2013 | 18 Comments

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 the different integrating components of a design learning experience into familiar, pre-existing scenarios that play out in every school.

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