design thinking

How to Inspire Students to Design, Invent, and Make an Impact

How to Inspire Students to Design, Invent, and Make an Impact

| April 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

Scientist Profile: Inventor By Almetria Vaba Spark your students’ curiosity in engineering and technology by introducing them to the designers, inventors, and clever thinkers featured in PBS LearningMedia. Use their stories to illustrate various themes of study like the engineering design process and the impact of technology. DESIGNING A WHEELCHAIR FOR RUGBY See what happens […]

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What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School?

What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School?

| March 4, 2013 | 28 Comments

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 few […]

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Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice”

Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice”

| February 4, 2013 | 8 Comments

Educator Jaime McGrath and designer Drew Davies explain how to create a “classroom of imagination” by turning lessons into design problems and giving students space to be creative in this Tedx video. In a New York Times op-ed The MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Competition’s co-director Cathy Davidson said she thinks it’s possible that […]

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Boy Scouts Make Way: Kids Explore By Creating

Boy Scouts Make Way: Kids Explore By Creating

| December 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

Countless kids have grown up with the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts or Campfire Girls, but for some families, the uniforms and outdoor focus of traditional Scouting groups don’t appeal.

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Got a Problem? Students Can Find the Solution

Got a Problem? Students Can Find the Solution

| December 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

Erin Scott By Matt Levinson Schools are the perfect breeding ground for fostering students’ questions, a place to spark students’ interests and ideas for designing innovative solutions to real problems. Everyday, educators have opportunities to help kids develop the tools, skills and habits to come up with meaningful, lasting solutions to problems. Take, for example, […]

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The Maker Movement Goes Global

The Maker Movement Goes Global

| December 3, 2012 | 1 Comment

Courtesy: Exploratorium In step with the popularity and growing momentum of Maker Faire, the “maker movement” is going global with the help of the Exploratorium museum’s Global Studios. After 40 plus years of work in this field, the Exploratorium, which is based in San Francisco, is stepping up its involvement in hands-on, informal science and […]

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Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains?

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains?

| November 7, 2012 | 32 Comments

A group of Harvard researchers is teaming up with schools in Oakland, Calif. to explore how kids learn through making. Through an initiative called Project Zero, they’re investigating the theory that kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts. It’s closely aligned with the idea of design thinking […]

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Recasting Teachers and Students as Designers

Recasting Teachers and Students as Designers

| October 1, 2012 | 9 Comments

By Melanie Kahl Designers are privileged to work within a fascinating collision of fields at a time when the conversation could not be more pertinent. The intersection of design and education is ripe for exploration –– its metaphors, roles, spaces, and philosophies. These worlds have a lot to learn from one another. The design field […]

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10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete

10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete

| July 20, 2012 | 155 Comments

Flickr: Corey Leopold By Greg Stack So much about how and where kids learn has changed over the years, but the physical structure of schools has not. Looking around most school facilities — even those that aren’t old and crumbling —  it’s obvious that so much of it is obsolete today, and yet still in […]

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Iterating and Ideating: Teachers Think Like Designers

Iterating and Ideating: Teachers Think Like Designers

| May 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

What do a designer and teacher have in common? Turns out there are a lot of similarities. “Teachers design everyday. They structure all kinds of solutions,” says Sandy Speicher from seminal design firm Ideo. “At any given moment, they’re designing a response to a student and how they bring out content in different ways so […]

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