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Week Three: Ideation

Last week we got clear on our challenge; now it’s time to brainstorm solutions.

June 12, 2012

Now that you have identified new questions and opportunities for design, you can think about new possible solutions for what a library could be. Finally, you get to brainstorm!

(Not yet registered? Sign in the DT for ED Project Room to participate.)

Week Three Overview

  • Read: the overview & watch the videos on this page. This week, we're entering the Ideation, or brainstorming phase of our library design challenge.

  • Note: The Design Thinking for Educators collaboration space is no longer active, but please feel free to use the resources available here.

  • Be: Creative! No idea is too stupid.

  • Have: FUN!


Ideation means generating lots of new ideas. Brainstorming encourages you to think expansively and without constraints. It’s often the wild ideas that spark visionary thoughts. With careful preparation and a clear set of rules, a brainstorm session can yield hundreds of fresh ideas.

Watch the videos below to hear more about ideation and then head over to the Project Room to complete your brainstorming activities.

Got Questions?

You can ask questions of experienced designers/educators via live chat in the Main Room 10-11 am Pacific (1-2 pm Eastern), Monday through Thursday. On Mondays and Wednesdays, educators from Riverdale High School will be available to answer your questions. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, designers from IDEO will be there.

The Main Room is a chat window that will show at the bottom of your screen when you join the DT for ED Project Room. Those of us from Riverdale, IDEO, and Edutopia are happy to help!

You can also post questions in the Support Q&A group on the Ning.

IDEO Voice: How do you come up with new ideas?

Week 03 IDEO from Design Thinking for Educators on Vimeo.

Teacher Voice: How do you come up with new ideas?

Week 03 Teacher from Design Thinking for Educators on Vimeo.

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