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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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There was a teachers one. We worked from the NGO one. ;)

One thing I noticed in the case studies it that it was adults using the framework to make decisions for children. Has anyone turned it over to a team comprised of children, teachers, and parents who used design thinking to solve school problems?

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Did that kind of thing ever happen at your daughter's Model School?

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I did not try to introduce it at Garehime. At Garehime students can run their own business or they could be part of class corporations. In the class run business there were many aspects of collaborative team work that did happen. Some teachers were really great at letting the students innovate products and other teachers were more set in their ways. Teachers needed more hands on experience with business decision making and design thinking. The other possibility could have been having more mentors available to students. This would free the teachers up for doing classroom work and allowed students to have a different perspective on projects.

I helped do the branding work at Garehime and it was the first time many of them had been through a creative process. That did help expose the administration, teachers, and parent stakeholders to more design thinking, If we had more time we could have tried to integrate more.

One issue is in our district there are a lot of time constraints on schools that are hurdles to real growth and learning.