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Designer and Consultant
"Design for Learning"
I design systems and tools that create opportunities for learning. Whether it’s helping businesses better understand their users or creating hands-on learning tools for parents and kids, I approach design as a way to feed my curiosity while addressing deep-seated problems.
My design work includes:
-Envisioning the future of digital learning with Samsung.
-Reimagining the school lunch room experience with Chicago's Academy for Global Citizenship.
-Empowering educators to re-engage students in science education with TIES.
-Creating WonderVision, a kit of goggles with interchangeable filters designed to spark the curiosity of both adults and kids when confronted with tricky questions about science.
Hi team! This is an exciting concept with very well thought-out experience maps! I thought I'd chime in with a couple thoughts.
As a few others have mentioned, it would be worthwhile to look more closely at the role of the teacher. While there are more and more high schools adopting project-based and even design-based learning (check out High Tech High in San Diego), most high school teachers face heavy requirements for curriculum standards and assessments. Adapting an open-ended process like design thinking to the curriculum requirements that most teachers face is not easy and would require a shift in thinking and a lot of extra work. The risk is that Preflight could create a whole lot more work for the teacher while offering the same potential payoff of any other teaching approach: helping students succeed. How do we get the teachers to buy into this?
Here are a couple thoughts on fleshing out the value proposition for the teacher: -Highlight the value that design thinking can have for other aspects of a teacher's job. For example, design thinking can help teachers rethink various problems from how to collaborate with other teachers to how to deal with poor student attendance. -Emphasize the shifted role of the teacher through a job title or even a new position within in the school. Maybe "Community Connector", "Design Team Facilitator", or "Director of Business Partnerships." -Offer workshops and professional development training around design thinking that give teachers tangible new credentials. -This is a different sort of concept, but another way to think about this is by creating a third-party service that connects businesses to schools. Check out the Field Trip Factory - they offer packaged educational field trips that are already designed to fit into existing curricula. They work to build a network that helps interested businesses and schools find each other. This makes it a lot simpler for the teachers.