As educators, we are designing every single day -- whether it's finding new ways to teach content more effectively, using our classroom space differently, developing new approaches to connecting with parents, or creating new solutions for our schools. Outside of the classroom, schools across the world are facing countless challenges, from integrating technology to increasing parent involvement to managing daily schedules.
Week One Overview
Read the overview & watch the videos on this page.
Note: The Design Thinking for Educators collaboration space is no longer active, but please feel free to use the resources available here.
Wherever they fall on the spectrum of scale -- the challenges facing educators today are real, complex, and varied. And as such, they require new perspectives, new tools, and new approaches.
Design Thinking is one of them. These method address complex challenges by encouraging practitioners to deeply consider the people they are designing for as the inspiration for developing new solutions.
Design Thinking is a Mindset
Thinking like a designer can transform the way you approach the world when imagining and creating new solutions for the future:
- 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.
Design Thinking gives you faith in your creative abilities and a process through which to take action when faced with a difficult challenge.
Truth is, you are already a designer. This workshop is about helping you see that, and gaining new methods and processes that can help you be more intentional about what you are designing.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need to set up an account on Ning.com to participate. This can be done at the link above.
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. 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.