I'm excited to say my friend, Chris Scott and I have been accepted to present this spring at CUE in Palm Springs. And not just a session, but an actual workshop! The workshop will focus on designing the ideal learning environment and reaching the Common Core using a process called Design Thinking.
Participants will work in teams to get the feel of the Design Thinking process. They will get a taste of each step of the design process. They will engage with other educators to cement their design decisions.
Bascially people are going to walk away with tools to use in the classrooms.
So many teachers have learned the apps. Students are blogging, podcasting, and editing videos. Teachers use the latest free web 2.0 sites, but something is missing. How how do we get students to make meaningful connections and projects using these apps? How do we encourage students to apply their learning to real world challenges?
New technology, new standards, new resources won’t fit into the original classroom model. We need a new approach, a uniquely tailored approach for every school and every classroom. That’s where Design Thinking comes in. Design thinking is a dynamic, creative and collaborative approach to problem solving, it presents a unique model for educators who wish to facilitate from within the class, rather than impart knowledge to it. In this workshop teachers will use design thinking to rethink the culture of learning in their classroom. They will leave this workshop with the tools needed to take this dynamic approach back to your school to encourage problem solving.
The process followed in this workshop is adapted from the Stanford d.school in collaboration with the world renown IDEO design firm (the people who designed the first Apple mouse).
Some of the most innovative schools are using Design Thinking to rethink the learning that takes place within their school, like the Henry Ford Learning Institute, The Nueva School, Stanford d.school.