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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Design Thinking for Educators Workshop Schedule

Weekly assignments, posted on Monday mornings, can be done at any time during the week.

Design Thinking Workshop Schedule

Each Monday we will post a new assignment. Participants will use Edutopia.org and a Ning site to complete the assignments at any time during the week. The workshop exercises are designed to take roughly 2-5 hours/week.

Registrants will receive a weekly email which covers that week's assignment with all the necessary links to resources.

July 30 - August 3 (Week 1): Introduction to the Design Thinking Process
What is Design Thinking? How does it work?
We'll do some exercises to familiarize ourselves with the process and help us get into the Design Thinking mindset.

August 6 - 10 (Week 2): Discovery & Interpretation Phase
I have a challenge. How do I approach it? I learned something. How do I interpret it?
We'll define a group challenge, prepare research, and gather inspiration. To interpret, we'll tell stories, look for patterns, and frame our opportunities.

August 13 - 17 (Week 3): Ideation
We have a better understanding of our challenge. What are some solutions?
Now we brainstorm. No idea is wrong or too stupid. This week, we generate ideas, and refine them.

August 20 - 24 (Week 4): Experimentation & Evolution
I see an opportunity: What do I create? I tried something new: How can I use it?
We'll create prototypes and refine them using real world feedback.

August 27-31 (Week 5): The Future
In our final week, we'll work to apply Design Thinking in our school or community setting.
At the end of the five weeks, the content will be archived, but we will continue the conversation about Design Thinking in education on Edutopia.org and social media.

COST: Free!

Thanks for joining us!

Design Thinking Workshop Archive

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Judy Willis MD
Neurologist/Teacher/Grad School Ed faculty/Author

This looks wonderful and I encourage educators to take full advantage of this critical topic. I can't think of anything more powerful than the stated goals of Design Thinking:

- being more aware of the world around you,
- believing that you play a role in shaping that world,
- and taking action toward a more desirable future.
Judy Willis,MD, M.Ed

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