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Design Thinking

Find and share resources to help students engage in innovative processes for tackling complex real-world problems in human-centered ways.

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  • Education Buzzwords Defined: What is Design Thinking?

    Curious how design thinking can be applied in the classroom? There are a few key ingredients to consider.
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  • Incorporating Design Thinking in the Study of Literature

    English language arts teachers can borrow design thinking from STEM classes to support a deep understanding of literary characters.
    Chayanee Brooks
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  • A large, studentless classroom, with large blue bouncy balls, sofa chairs, folding chairs, a tent, crates, mats, and other unique furniture.

    Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

    How a visit to Starbucks inspired a change to flexible seating—and then some changes in teaching philosophy.
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  • Using Project-Based Learning in Professional Development for Preschool Teachers

    Professional growth experiences should be designed to amplify collaboration and active exploration.
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  • Designing a Public School From Scratch

    On a mission to reimagine traditional schooling, a K–8 school in San Diego puts teachers and students at the center.
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  • Design Thinking: A Problem Solving Framework

    Students learn to empathize with others around the globe while solving real-world problems.
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  • Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

    Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.
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  • Science Takes Flight With Paper Airplanes

    A well-designed STEM activity helps elementary students understand the basics of physics and design thinking.
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  • Empowering Students With Design Thinking

    A school in India founded on design thinking principles encourages students to be active agents in their own learning.
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  • Resources for STEAM

    Discover information, examples, and tools related to incorporating aspects of the arts, design, and the humanities into STEM-based school activities.
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  • Designed for Engagement

    A school district uses monthly missions in its design studios to increase student and teacher engagement and foster self-directed learning.
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  • Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom

    Use design thinking (brainstorming, prototyping, testing, building, and reflecting) to co-create your classroom environment with the students who will be learning in it.
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  • Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking

    While empathy is the first step in the design thinking process, keep your students focused on this necessary element as they move through definition, ideation, prototyping, and testing.
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  • Arts Integration: Resource Roundup

    All points of arts integration -- from benefits and implementation to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blog posts, articles, and videos.
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  • Using a ‘Less Is More’ Approach to Engage Parents

    Parents of preschoolers generally want to be involved in their kids’ education—the key is to ease the way for them.
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