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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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  • Using Project-Based Learning in Professional Development for Preschool Teachers

    Professional growth experiences should be designed to amplify collaboration and active exploration.
    Sarika S. Gupta
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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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  • 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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  • Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

    Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.
    6k
  • Design Thinking: A Problem Solving Framework

    Students learn to empathize with others around the globe while solving real-world problems.
    4.1k
  • 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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  • Filmmaking Is a Powerful Way for Students to Demonstrate Learning

    Using design thinking and no more equipment than a smartphone, students can begin to explore their world through film.
    701
  • 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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  • Designed for Engagement

    A school district uses monthly missions in its design studios to increase student and teacher engagement and foster self-directed learning.
    3k
  • Using Design Thinking to Explore Inclusivity

    A project centered around stuffed animals can help young learners become keen observers, think critically, and make decisions that support diversity.
    573
  • 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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  • 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.
    660
  • Why Learning Space Matters

    To maximize learning potential, classrooms should be open, comfortable, well lit, and visually stimulating. Strategic use of existing space can make a big difference, too.
    2.8k
  • Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing

    As a model for reframing methods and outcomes, design thinking reconnects educators to their creativity and aspirations for helping students develop as deep thinkers and doers.


     
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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.
    537

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