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Thomas Riddle

Assistant Director, Roper Mountain Science Center

For more than twenty years, I've served in education as a teacher, coach, principal, district-level curriculum specialist, college professor and educational consultant for school districts, textbook publishers and the South Carolina Department of Education. I enjoy facilitating conversations with fellow educators around educational design, curriculum development, and instructional methodology at the local, state and national levels and helped establish Edutopia's Social Studies Group page at edutopia.com. I currently serve as Assistant Director at Roper Mountain Science Center and as an Adjunct Professor of Education at Furman University. As an active proponent of design thinking in education, I enjoy creating and implementing curriculum within this space while serving as a co-moderator of #dtk12chat, a professional learning network comprised of some of the best and brightest in the field.

In 2007, in cooperation with Lucasfilm, Ltd., a colleague and I created "Adventures in Learning with Indiana Jones" (www.indyintheclassroom.com) which provides interdisciplinary curriculum and lesson ideas based upon the iconic film hero. In 2012, we launched a companion project, "Star Wars in the Classroom" (www.starwarsintheclassroom.com), providing inspiration for lessons in history, mythology, science, and the art.

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  • Design Thinking

    Empowering Students With Design Thinking

    <p>During a two-week design thinking project, middle-school students drew on their empathy for homeless people to design and build a prototype interim housing unit from shipping pallets.</p> <br> &nbsp;
  • Design Thinking

    Improving Schools Through Design Thinking

    Along with teaching students how to master design thinking, this five-step model of empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test can also be used in running the school itself.