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In order for teachers to be able to do this effectively they need to have their time management and organization systems down. If you want to do this collaboratively, interdisciplinary approach you need to have the patience and resources to commit. Then, this can be extremely powerful.

Emeritus Faculty in the School of Engineering / University of Connecticut

Absolutely!

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I might put it slightly differently: "You need to identify the problem to be solved first. It is as important as any other component of problem solving." If the objective is provided OR if the individual or the team jumps at the first thing that comes to mind, at best, the wrong problem will be addressed. At worst, as you note in the TED Talk, the Learners have missed a key part skills development.

What I seek to do in my efforts to promote effective learning and effective problem solving is to provide a context for the student effort without ever providing the defining or leading question. For example, I'd suggest the student team develop a proposal in sustainable energy rather than even give them a list of processes that contribute to the sustainable energy effort. The reason for the announcement on sustainable energy is that it relates to the class involved and yet is do broad that (a) I'm still asking for effort at the objective step and (b) there is no way I can do justice to the topic through homework or class discussions AND (c) it is a currently relevant topic that is being discussed in the media.

You are absolutely correct in noting how much students expect from faculty; while they don't say it directly, their wish or even expectation is "Tell us what we need to know or do and we'll do it ..." They absolutely need to be able to identify / develop the objective; it will determine their worth probably as much (or more) than any subsequent solution.

An example from my academic career: When facilitating a Fluid Mechanics course, I asked teams to investigate and document the importance a fluid (gas or liquid remember) played in a situation they could encounter. That's all I gave them. A few days later, one team (college Juniors!) came to my office. They told me they couldn't think of any situation they could encounter that involved a fluid! After successfully resisting my inclination to laugh at that point, I told them that I refused to accept that statement; I went on to tell them, I'd entertain questions and concerns once they had more than one situation of interest (as all teams were instructed to develop).

Without the ability to develop objectives, any person or group becomes nothing more than a hired hand. I don't care what the career field is, there are very few opportunities for such people - certainly no satisfying and rewarding options ...

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A Wikispace Arts and Education Adventure...

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Dear Designers of Education and Education Designers etc.

This is my wikispace for Arts and Education Adventure:
http://artsandeducationadventure.wikispaces.com/

There are 150 pages of Arts Fun and student-engaging activities K-12...
It is a Play-in-Progress looking for Collaborators in Classrooms and Publishing...

"If it ain't fun I won't do it."

"Caretaker of Wonder", Teacher/Learner:
Allen Berg

CEO of NoTosh learning | technology | design thinking

It's time we put less emphasis on problem solving...

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and concentrated more on the beginning of the design thinking process - FINDING good problems to start with. My challenge to many of the design thinking movements in education thus far is two-fold (and are discussed in a forthcoming book):

1. Many have a focus on design education (putting the process, in the minds of administrators, firmly within a distinct subject area rather than as a whole-school, whole new way of learning).
2. Nearly every problem-solving based approach I've seen has revolved around problems created by teachers. This doesn't engage learners half as much than when they seek the problems they wish to solve. It's a lot harder to teach this way, but a lot more beneficial in the long run.

I've summed them up in an 8 minute TEDxLondon talk, from last year:
http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/2011/11/tedxlondon-the-problem-finders-vid...

Director at the Design Learning Network

NAEA Conference

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Great! I'll be there for the duration, looking forward to John's talk as well. Perhaps there will be time for a cup of tea with Robin?

Director at the Design Learning Network

Re: Garreth's Post

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Garreth, I've explored Dr. Burnette's website a bit. Love the constructive approach to teaching and learning. In regards to Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, so much more has been discovered over the past 15 years pertaining to how we take in, process, and retain information. An exciting time that we live!

If it okay with you, I'd like to share your Spiral Q Puppet Theater project with IDSA regarding including a description within the Teaching Design to K12 page: http://www.idsa.org/teaching-design-k-12

Looking forward to your thoughts!

I will be there for Friday,

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I will be there for Friday, at least. Robin and I have arranged for a meeting, but I want to hear John Maeda's presentation as well.

Director at the Design Learning Network

The Design Thinking School

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Ewan, wonderful to hear of your design thinking schools as they directly linked to another project in it's early stages, a portal of sorts. Please visit: http://www.idsa.org/teaching-design-k-12. Would very much appreciate your comments!

Director at the Design Learning Network

Inquiry

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Rob, the inquiry link you've shared is quite useful to our current efforts with Design Learning Challenge 2012. Much appreciated! It seems Joe has provide us with a viable vehicle for a common dialogue. Exciting times ahead!

Director at the Design Learning Network

STEAM

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Joe,
Very glad that you've posted this update and the petition is progressing. Is there time for others to sign?

Please keep me in the loop on the Design-Ed Coalition, would love to link your organization with Design Learning Challenge 2012 (www.designlearning.us).

FYI, Robin and I have submitted a NEA Research Grant Proposal focused on design and 21st learning skills, will know in April if we are funded. More to share as things move forward.

Also, I am attending NAEA's conference in early March. Will you be there?
Doris

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