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Design Thinking for Educators

IDEO's Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators shares processes and methods of design – adapted specifically for the realm of education.

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Design Thinking for Educators is packed with stories, case studies, processes which encourage collaboration and encourages educators to pursue impactful solutions: "Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education."

From Huffington Post: "It comes down to having students realise that they can create their own future and take frameworks from other areas – including video games – which allow them to design their own participation and experiences. It's an optimistic, proactive approach. Design thinking is also a collaborative process. It encourages students to design the classroom and design their learning experience."

What other ideas/examples do folks have which might empower students to play a more active role in designing their own learning experience? 


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I believe the introduction of this methodology within schools will provide the tools and experience for students to answer, for themselves, the very question that is driving this challenge.

There are other design organisations pursuing similar objectives:

http://designtoimprovelife.dk/education/

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